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Title: Objects to Observe in the June 2023 Night Sky

Organization:  Actual Astronomy

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Description: The Actual Astronomy Podcast presents Objects to Observe in the June 2023 Night Sky.  In this episode we’ll talk about watching Mars pass through M44, the Beehive Cluster as well as other sights to see in the June Night Sky. We go over some of the pairings of the Moon and Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus during its best appearance for the year. Venus also passes near the Beehive later in the month and all of these pairings will make great photos or views through binoculars.

Bio: Shane and Chris are amateur astronomers who enjoy teaching astronomy classes and performing outreach where they help the eyes of the public to telescope eyepieces.

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Intro: Objects to Observe in the June 2023 Night Sky on Episode 330 of the Actual Astronomy podcast. I’m Chris and joining me is Shane. We are amateur astronomers who love looking up at the night sky and this podcast is for everyone who enjoys going out under the stars.

Did you get any observing in Shane?
Venus & M35, M44, M67

We’re recording this early, in fact I’m writing these notes up on May 5th! That’s a record for us but we’re both away on alternating weeks so when the bright naked eye comet is shining overhead this month and you’re wondering why we didn’t mention…this is why.

June 1st – Venus Castor and Pollux in a line

Mars is making its way through M44 during the first few nights this month.

June 3rd – Full Moon

June 4th – Venus is at greatest elongation 45-degrees from the Sun this evening

June 6th – Asteroid 11 Parthenope is at opposition, m=9.3
Parthenope was discovered by Annibale de Gasparis on 11 May 1850 and named after Parthenopē, who was one of the Sirens of Greek mythology, said to have founded the city of Naples. It orbits the Sun every 3.84 Earth years and has a rotation period of 13.7 days and 153 km in diameter.

June 10th – Last Quarter Moon paired with Saturn for those much farther east

June 13th – Venus near Beehive

June 14th – Jupiter 1.5-degrees to right of Moon in morning twilight. (4-degrees SK)

June 16th – Take this Friday off so you can stay up all night Thursday.
20 Massalia at opposition 9.9 mag.
Discovered by Italian astronomer Annibale de Gasparis on 19 September 1852, it was named for the French city of Marseille, from which the independent discoverer Jean Chacornac sighted it the following night. A stony asteroid and the parent body of the Massalia family of objects located in the inner region of the asteroid belt. It is about 145 kilometres in diameter. Takes 3.74 years to orbit Sun.

Morning 16th – 27.9 day old Moon, 3% illuminated for us and only 4-degree high. Easier E.

June 18th – New Moon

June 21st – Summer Solstice
Great Triangle – Mars, Venus & Moon

June 26th – First Quarter Moon & Lunar Straight Wall Visible – Image from Jim

June 28th – Venus & Mars ~3.5 degrees apart

No bright comets.

Do you have anything to add Shane?

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