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Next Astronomy Course:

           

Mysteries of the Universe: Black Holes, Dark Energy, and More: Fall Semester

        

Fifty years ago, humans landed on the Moon. We’ve since discovered countless planets orbiting other suns, and potentially habitable environments in our own solar system. We know how big the universe is, how old it is, and what’s it’s made of. But we also face mysteries: black holes, dark matter, and dark energy. We’ll cover everything you’ve always wanted to know but were afraid to ask. No math or science background required. You’ll also get to use a large telescope at a local observatory.

                        

Meets at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, 8 Tuesdays: Sept. 17 - April 2 - Nov. 5, 2019 - 7:45 PM - 9:15 PM.

                

                                                          


                 

 June Astronomy-Related Events in the Boston Area  

                                                      

         

Thursday, June 13, 2019, 8:00 PM

Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston (ATMoB) Monthly Meeting

60 Garden St.

Cambridge, MA 02138

http://www.atmob.org

Topic and Speaker: "Library Telescope Program and Stonehenge", Kelly Beatty
Our guest speaker for the June meeting will be J. Kelly Beatty, MS. Kelly will update us on the status of the New Hampshire Astronomical Society’s Library Telescope Program and how ATMoB could play a role in expanding the effort. He is interested in creating thoughtful discussions on the topic as well as promoting the idea that ATMoB gets involved in the program. Kelly will also discuss his most recent trip to Stonehenge, tracking down the quarry where many of the stones were excavated to make up this pre-historic structure. Academics have suggested the site has possible connections with ancient astronomy as well as ritualistic purposes. Senior Editor Kelly Beatty joined the Sky and Telescope staff in 1974. From 2004-07 he served as the editor of Night Sky, their magazine for beginning stargazers. After 43 years of pounding the keyboard, in early 2018 he retired from full-time work. He remains actively involved in many Sky & Telescope articles, tours, and other projects. Kelly holds a Bachelor’s degree in geology from the California Institute of Technology and a Master's degree in science journalism from Boston University. During the 1980s he was among the first Western journalists to gain firsthand access to the Soviet space program. Asteroid 2925 Beatty was named on the occasion of his marriage in 1983, and in 1986 he was chosen as one of the 100 semifinalists for NASA's Journalist in Space program.
    
    
Wednesday, June 19, 2019; 10:30 AM - 7:30 PM
JFK Space Summit
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Columbia Point
Boston, MA 02125
617-514-1600
https://www.jfklibrary.org/jfk-space-summit

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing and President Kennedy’s vision that launched the effort to get there, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, with Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, will host a day-long symposium highlighting the history that led to the first Moon landing, current scientific and technological space initiatives, and the future of space exploration. The program will challenge Americans to learn from the past, draw inspiration from President Kennedy’s vision, and renew our civic commitment to solving the great challenges of our own time. Attendees are asked to register for each panel separately. Please note that absolutely no backpacks or large bags will be permitted in the Library on June 19. Parking availability will be limited; we encourage the use of public transportation if possible.

  10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Astronauts Speak: Dispatches from the International Space Station
   

An extraordinary panel of international astronauts from the United States, Japan, Italy, and Russia will discuss the international cooperation that has been essential to so many of the scientific and technological breakthroughs resulting from human space exploration. 

  10:30 AM  - 3:30 PM Experience Space Expo (JFK Library Pavilion)
    A special opportunity for the public and Summit attendees to see the history and future of space exploration first hand. Exhibitors will include corporations, laboratories, and academic institutions all deeply involved in the past and future of space exploration.
     
  1:00 PM - 3:30 PM Earth, Moon, Planets, and Cosmos: What We Know and What Discoveries Await
    Former NASA Earth Science Division Director Michael Freilich will examine how space satellites have revolutionized our understanding Planet Earth. Scientists Maria Zuber, MIT Vice President for Research, Laurie Leshin, President, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Sara Seager, MIT Professor of Planetary Science and Physics, will discuss scientific discoveries that have changed our understanding of the universe beyond Planet Earth, and questions that still remain unanswered. CNN host S.E. Cupp moderates.
   
    
  2:45 PM - 4:15 PM Apollo: Missions to the Moon Screening
    Join us for a special preview of National Geographic’s latest documentary, Apollo: Missions to the Moon, airing in July 2019. By award-winning director Tom Jennings, this extraordinary film is the result of 20 years of meticulous research to gather all the film footage, images, and recordings made behind the scenes of the Apollo missions to tell this remarkable story as it happened – for the first time.  
   
  5:00 PM - 7:30 PM NASA: From the Moon to Mars and Beyond
   

Apollo 11 Lunar Command Module pilot Michael Collins, former NASA administrator Charles Bolden, former director of the Johnson Space Center Ellen Ochoa, and former NASA deputy administrator Dava Newman discuss NASA’s past, present, and future with National Air and Space Museum director Ellen Stofan.

Fireside Chat with Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos, Founder of Blue Origin, will join Ambassador Caroline Kennedy for a fireside chat about his vision for going to space to benefit Earth.

 

Plus (ongoing):        

   

          

Wednesdays:

Boston University

Boston, MA.
Open Night at Coit Observatory most Wednesdays 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM. 

617-353-2630
http://www.bu.edu/astronomy/events/public-open-night-at-the-observatory/  

  

   

Fridays, 8:00 PM EDT - 10:00 PM EDT (startiing April 5, 2019):

Astronomy After Hours

Guilliland Observatory

Museum of Science

Boston, MA.
617-589-0267

https://mos.org/drop-in-activities/astronomy-after-hours
    
 

              

                    

The Sky at a Glance: June 2019

                                                  

                                                  

            Phases of the Moon:

                                 

New Moon

June 3

6:02 AM EDT

First Quarter Moon

June 10

1:59 AM EDT

Full Moon

June 17

4:31 AM EDT

Last Quarter Moon

June 25

5:46 AM EDT

              

Planet Visibility:

    

In Evening (after sunset):

    Mercury, in NW 

    Mars, in NW

    Jupiter, in SE

            

At Midnight:

    Jupiter, in S

    Saturn, in SE 

                      

In Morning (before sunrise):

    Jupiter, in SW

    Saturn, in SW

    Neptune, in SE  

    Uranus, in E

    Venus, in NE 

             

                   

Comets:

   
  •     There are no comets brighter than magnitude 8 currently visible.
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Meteors:

       

  •     There are no significant meteor showers in June.    
                               

                                    


       
Major Astronomical Events: June 2019
                   
    

 June 2019

    
June 1 Sat. 2:00 PM EDT Moon 3° S of Venus in morning sky
 
June 2 Sun. 9:00 AM EDT Moon 8° SSE of Pleides, 12° from Sun in morning sky
June 3 Mon. 6:02 AM EDT New Moon
June 4 Tue. 12:00 PM EDT Moon 4° S of Mercury in evening sky
June 4 Tue. 8:37 PM EDT - 9:54 PM EDT  Double moon / double shadow transit on Jupiter (Io, Ganymede)
June 5 Wed. 11:00 AM EDT Moon 1.6° S of Mars in evening sky
June 5 Wed. 7:00 PM EDT Moon @ ascending node
June 6 Thur. 6:00 AM EDT Moon 6° S of Pollux, 39° and 38° from Sun in evening sky
June 6 Thur. 8:30 PM EDT Earth crosses the Equator of the Sun S to N
June 7 Fri. 7:15 PM EDT Moon @ perigee (368,504 km / 228,978 mi)
June 8 Sat. 6:00 PM EDT Moon 3° NNE of Regulus, 72° from Sun in evening sky
 
June 9 Sun. 1:00 AM EDT Venus 5° SSE of Pleiades, 18° and 19° from Sun in morning sky
June 10 Mon. 1:59 AM EDT First  Quarter Moon
June 10 Mon. 11:00 AM EDT Jupiter @ opposition
June 11 Tue. 11:08 PM EDT Jupiter @ closest approach (4.28 AU/ 640.862,192 km/ 398,213,134  mi)
June 11 Tue. 11:28 PM EDT - 12:33 AM EDT Double moon / double shadow transit on Jupiter (Io, Ganymede)
June 12 Wed. 2:00 PM EDT Moon 7° NNE of Spica, 123° and 122° from Sun in evening sky
June  13 Thur. 6:00 AM EDT Equation of time is 0
June 14 Fri. 5:06 AM EDT Earliest sunrise of year
June 15 Sat. 4:32 AM EDT Earliest beginning of morning civil twilight
June 15 Sat. 11:00 AM EDT Moon 0.9° N of Ceres
 
June 16 Sun. 1:00 AM EDT Moon 7.8° NNE of Antares, 166° and 164° from Sun in evening sky
June 16 Sun. 3:47 AM EDT Earliest beginning of morning nautical twilight
June 16 Sun. 3:00 PM EDT Moon 2° N of Jupiter, 173° from Sun in midnight sky
June 17 Mon. 2:52 AM EDT Earliest beginning of morning astronomical twilight
June 17 Mon. 4:31 AM EDT Full Moon ("Full Strawberry Moon")
June 17 Mon. 5:00 PM EDT Venus 5° N of Aldebaran, 16° and 17° from Sun in morning sky
June 17 Mon. 11:00 PM EDT Mercury @ dichotomy (half phase)
June 18 Tue. 3:00 PM EDT Mercury 0.2° N of Mars, 24° from Sun in evening sky
June 18 Tue. 10:00 PM EDT Moon @ descending node
June 19 Wed. 1:00 AM EDT Moon 0.4° S of Saturn, 159° from Sun in morning sky
June 19 Wed. 7:00 AM EDT Moon 0.07° S of Pluto
June 20 Thur.. 10:00 AM EDT Mercury 5.4° S of Pollux, 25° and 24° from Sun in evening sky
June 21 Fri. 11:54 AM EDT June (Summer) Solstice
June 21 Fri. 11:00 PM EDT Sun enters Gemini
 
June 23 Sun. 3:00 AM EDT Mars 5.5° S of Pollux, 24° from Sun in evening sky
June 23 Sun. 3:50 AM EDT Moon @ apogee (404,549 km / 251,375 mi)
June 23 Sun. 7:00 PM EDT Mercury @ greatest elongation (25° E of Sun) in evening sky
June 23 Sun. 9:00 PM EDT Moon 3.6° SSE of Neptune, 104° from Sun in morning sky
June 24 Mon. 10:39 PM EDT Latest end of evening astronomical twilight
June 25 Tue. 5:46 AM EDT Last Quarter Moon
June 25 Tue. 9:44 PM EDT Latest end of evening nautical twilight
June 26 Wed. 8:59 PM EDT Latest end of evening civil twilight
June 27 Thur. 6:00 PM EDT Moon 4.5° SSE of Uranus, 60° from Sun in morning sky
June 27 Thur. 8:25 PM EDT Latest sunset of year
June 29 Sat. 7:00 PM EDT Moon 7.9° SSE of Pleiades, 37° and 38° from Sun in morning sky
 
June 30 Sun. All day Asteroid Day
June 30 Sun. 11:00 AM EDT Moon 2.25° N of Aldebaran, 29° from Sun in  mornning sky

   


             

     An Overview of Major Astronomical Events in 2019

      

 

2019
Jan. 1 Tue. 12:33 AM EST New Horizons @ closest approach: 3,500 km (2,175 miles)

Jan. 1

Tue.

11:53 PM EST

Saturn @ superior conjunction

Jan. 3

Thur.

4:59 AM EST

Earth @ perihelion (0.98328 AU / 147,097,233 km / 91,401,983 mi)

Jan. 3

Thur.

9:28 PM EST

Quadrantid meteors peak. (Good.)

Jan. 4 Fri. 7:14 AM EST Latest sunrise of year (7:13:48 AM EST)

Jan. 5

Sat.

11:54 PM EST

Venus @ greatest elongation west (47°)

Jan. 20

Sun.

11:41 PM EST

Total lunar eclipse begins

Jan. 21 Mon. 12:44 AM EST Total lunar eclipse ends
Jan. 25 Fri.   Dust storm season on Mars ends
Feb. 18 Mon.   Hayabusa2 attempts sample collection from asteroid Ryugu.

Feb. 26

Tue.

10:00 AM EDT

Mercury @ greatest elongation east (18°)

Mar. 2 Sat.   Launch of SpaceX Demo-1 flight
Mar. 3 Sun. 11:00 AM EST 50th Anniversary of Apollo 9 launch
Mar. 4 Mon.   Hayabusa2 second attempt at sample collection

Mar. 10

Sun.

2:00 AM EST / 3:00 AM EDT

Daylight Saving Time begins

Mar. 17

Sun.

6:53 AM EDT - 6:53 PM EDT

Equilux (day and night of equal length)

Mar. 20

Wed.

5:58 PM EDT

March Equinox

Mar. 23 Sat. 7:36 AM EDT Spring Equinox, N. Hemisphere of Mars
Apr. 4 Thur.   Parker Solar Probe perihelion #2
Apr. 11 Thur. 3:42 PM EDT Mercury @ greatest elongation west (18°)
Apr. 22 Mon. 8:00 PM EDT Lyrid meteors peak

May 5

Sun.

9:12 AM EDT

Eta Aquariid meteors peak. (Good.)

May 11

Sat.

All day

Astronomy Day (Spring)

May 18 Sat. 12:49 PM EDT 50th  Anniversary of Apollo 10 launch

June 10

Sun.

11:11 AM EDT

Jupiter @ opposition

June 15

Sat.

5:07 AM EDT

Earliest sunrise

June 21

Fri.

11:54 AM EDT

June (Summer) Solstice

June 23 Sun. 7:18 PM EDT Mercury @ greatest elongation east (25.2°)

June 27

Thur.

8:25 PM EDT

Latest sunset of year (8:25:22 PM)

July 4

Thur.

6:11 PM EDT

Earth @ aphelion (1.017 AU / 152.1 milion km / 94.5 million miles)

July 9

Wed.

612:12 PM EDT

Saturn @ opposition

July 16 Tue. 9:32 AM EDT 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 launch (Armstrong, Aldrin, Collins)
July 20 Sat. 7:53 AM EDT 43rd Anniversary of first Mars landing (Viking 1, 1976)
July 20 Sat. 4:17 PM EDT 50th Anniversary of first Moon landing (Apollo 11, 1969)
July 20 Sat. 10:56 PM EDT 50th Anniversary of first step on Moon (Neil Armstrong, 1969)
July 21 Sun. 1:54 PM EDT 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 leaving lunar surface
July 24 Wed. 12:51 PM EDT 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 splashdown
Aug. 9 Fri. 7:06 PM EDT Mercury @ greatest elongation west (18°)

Aug. 13

Tue.

8:00 AM EDT

Perseid meteors peak. (Very good.)

Sept. 1 Sun.   Parker Solar Probe perihelion #3
Sept. 3 Tue. 6:38 PM EDT 43rd Anniversary of Viking 2 Mars landing

Sept. 10

Tue.

2:00 PM EDT

Neptune @ opposition

Sept. 23

Mon.

3:49 AM EDT

September (Fall) Equinox

Sept. 26

Thur.

6:35 AM EDT / 6:36 PM EDT

Equilux (day and night of equal length)

Oct. 5

Sat.

All day

Astronomy Day (Fall)

Oct. 7 Mon. 9:08 PM EDT Summer Solstice, N. Hemisphere of Mars
Oct. 15 Tue.   Launch window for ESA Cheops exoplanet mission opens
Oct. 20 Sun. 12:00 AM EDT Mercury @ greatest elongation east (24.6°)

Oct. 22

Sun.

10:00 AM EDT

Orionid meteors peak. (Poor.)

Oct. 28

Mon.

3:17 AM EDT

Uranus @ opposition

Nov. 3

Sun.

1:00 AM EST / 2:00 AM EDT

Daylight Saving Time ends

Nov. 8/9   11:25 PM EST - 12:27 AM EST Beginning of Callisto eclipse series (61 eclipses)
Nov. 11 Mon. 7:36 AM EST - 1:04 PM EST Transit of Mercury

Nov. 18

Mon.

12:15 AM EST

Leonid meteors peak. (Poor.)

Nov. 24 Sun. 3:58 PM  EST 50th Anniversary of Apollo 12 Moon Landing
Nov. 29 Thur. 5:30 AM EST Mercury @ greatest elongation west (20.1°)

Dec. 9

Thur.

4:11 PM EST

Earliest sunset of year (4:11:48 PM EST)

Dec. 14

Sat.

1:25 PM EST

Geminid meteors peak. (Excellent.)

Dec. 21

Sat.

11:19 PM EST

December (Winter) Solstice

Dec. 22

Sun.

10:00 PM EST

Ursid meteors peak (poor)

Dec. 26 Thur.   Parker Solar Probe Venus flyby #2

   

     


   

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