June 2020 MAC Newsletter

What's Up in the June Sky - Dan Malone
Evening Sky:
Morning Sky:

Mars: June 1 - Mag. -0.02 @ 93 million miles

Mars: June 30 - Mag. -0.49 @ 76 million miles

Moon in the Beehive star cluster at sunset on the 23rd

Moon near Jupiter and Saturn on the 8th

Moon near Mars on the 12th

Moon near Venus at sunrise on the 19th

June All Sky Chart:

June 20 - Summer Solstice

Jupiter and Saturn up around midnight

June 5 - Full Moon

June 13 - Last Quarter Moon

June 21 - New Moon

June 28 - First Quarter Moon

Comet SWAN (C/2020 F8) is currently in the constellation of Perseus. The current observed magnitude is 6.6. Need a very low northern horizon to catch this one.

Comet PANSTARRS (C/2017 T2) is currently in the constellation of Ursa Major. The lastest observed magnitude is 8.7.

Comet Lemmon (C/2019 U6) is currently in the constellation of Canis Major. The latest observed magnitude is 7.5. Is a nice one, buts sets before dark now.

Summer Constellations are coming up after dark now! Look for Scorpius' head rising in the SW after dark.

Sky chart produced by Stellarium stellarium.org

I found a series of National Geographic documentaries on YouTube that you can stream. Each is roughly about an hour long. This one is about the planets and the possibility of life in space.


Weirdest Planets and Possibilty of Life in outer Space
Space Trivia:

In May we asked, "Which planet has the longest year (as measured in Earth years)?"

Answer: Neptune. About 165 Earth years. Since Neptune was discovered in 1846, astronomers have only been able to observe it for one Neptunian year.

May's Question: What are the only two animal constellations with identical Latin and English names?

Multiple choice on this one:

Website of the Month:
Mercury is still shrinking. Data from MESSENGER revealed fault scarps. Because these scarps are small, scientists believe that they weren't created very long ago, and that the planet is still contracting.
Time and Date

Here's an update on the 2020 Indiana Family Star Party:

The members of the IFSP planning committee will be meeting within the next few days so the plans aren't finalized yet, but here's what we know at the moment. The finalize plans might vary.

The 2020 IFSP is canceled, but it will be replaced with "Space Nights at Camp Cullom" which will run the same days that the IFSP had been planned for: 7/14 thru 7/19.

There will be no fee to attend the Space Nights at Camp Cullom, but you must pre-pregister. Donations are appreciated. They still need to cover the cost of the annual PGO insurance premium.

Only 100 people will be admitted.

From what we've heard, only the observing field and the restrooms will be open. There will be no food, speakers, or other events.

The link to the registration page that we had posted in the May's newsletter is no longer active. They're working on posting a new registration form with the full finalized details in the next few days. Once I've been notified of the updated page, I'll send the information out to the club.

The Minnetrista Center cancelled all June affiliate meetings.

Facing South Mid-June 2020 at 10pm EDT - Image created with SkySafari 6 for Mac OS X, �2010-2018 Simulation Curriculum Corp., skysafariastronomy.com.