Monday, June 1, 2015

0603Y2K+15 Juno brings us closer to Pluto!

New Horizons spotted the two smaller moons of Pluto. Images of Kerberos and Styx were taken between April 25 and May 1, 2015 at a distance of roughly 90 million kilometers from Pluto.

 Juno, the beginning of summer. Solstice occurs on Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 11:39 AM in my backyard. Our North Pole tilts directly towards the sun, at about 23.5 degrees. Start working and resting in the shade and put on the sun screen! Baseball is in full swing. Summer nights bring the summer triangle and the planets Saturn and Venus should be number one and number two targets. Venus, will be high enough at dusk in the west for several hours. Venus in the scope appears as a "half moon" in the constellation Cancer. Saturn should be visible after sunset, low in the SE. Look South around midnight in the constellation Libra for great sightings of the ringed planet. The month of May brought an abundance of clouds and rain!  A full moon starts off the month, Tuesday, June 2nd!  Hard to see the stars in moonlight the first week. Now that we might have some clear nights ahead, our friends on the hill at TPML have gone to summer activities! They will gather on the hill June 20 for an Interstellar Space Game...Clear Skies.