Sky this month – June 2017

List of events in sky this month – June 2017:

3 – Venus at its greatest west elongation.

5 – Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) at its brightest.

9 – Full Moon.

12 – Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) at perihelion.

14 – Comet 71P/Clark at its brightest.

15 – Saturn at opposition, best time to observe this planet.

20 – Maximum activity of Ophiuchid meteor shower with ZHR of around 5.

21 – Summer solstice.

24 – New Moon.

Sky this month – May 2017

List of events in sky this month – May 2017:

1 – Comet C/2015 ER61 (PANSTARRS) at its brightest.

4 – The Moon occults Regulus at 10:14UT, event visible from Australia.

6 – The Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower peak at ~2UT with the ZHR up to 50 meteors in dark location.

8 – Jupiter pases less than 3 degrees from Moon.

10 – Full Moon.

14 – Pluto pases less than 2 degrees from Moon.

18 – Mercury at Greatest eastern Elongation. It reaches elongation 26 degree west of the Sun in the dawn sky. The best time to observe Mercury as it located as far as possible from the Sun.

20 – Neptune pases less than half a degree from Moon.

25 – New Moon.

Jupiter and its moons – shadow transit season begins this month.

Comet P41/Tutttle-Giacobini

Comet P41/Tutttle-Giacobini
Comet P41/Tutttle-Giacobini

A quick shot of a Comet P41/Tutttle-Giacobini that was passing through the constellation of Ursa Major in March 2017.

Image taken on 25th of March 2017 with my Nikon D500 at ISO 5000 and exposures of 40 seconds using SkyWatcher 250/1200 instead of some camera lens.

Some of other images taken at the same astronomical event – annual Messier Marathon observing competition:

M13 in Hercules
M51 in Ursa Major

Sky this month – April 2017

List of events in sky this month – April 2017:

1 – The Moon occults Aldebaran at ~9:13 UT, seen from Asia.

1 – Mercury at greatest western elongation.

6 – Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak at its brightest

7 – Jupiter at opposition. Best time to observe this gas giant.

11 – Jupiter pases less than 2 degrees from Moon.

11 – Full Moon.

13 – Comet C/2017 E4 (Lovejoy) at its brightest.

22 – Lyrid meteor shower peak at ~11UT. ZHR can reach 20 meters per hour in dark locations.

23 – Venus pases less than 5 degrees from Moon.

26 – New Moon.

26 – Venus reaches its greatest brightness in the dawn sky.

28 – The Moon occults Aldebaran at 17:42UT.

Gaia Sky

A nice program for the visualization of the data gathered by the latest astrometric satellite Gaia that was launched by Esa.

I have contributed to the open source program by translating it into Slovenian language, therefore allowing more people to use this program even if they do not understand the English language.


Sky this month – February 2017

List of events in sky this month – February 2017:

11 – Asteroid Ceres pases about a degree from Moon. Occultation event can be seen on some parts of Earth.

5 – Occultation of bright star Aldebaran by Moon. Central time of the occultation is 21:38 UT.

10 – Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. The Moon passes through the outer edge of the Earth shadow between 22:34 UT and 02:53 UT.

11 – Full Moon.

11 – Regul pases less than 1 degree from Moon. Occultation event in southern hemisphere.

17 – Venus at brightest.

20 – Asteroid Eunomia in opposition.

22 – Asteroid Metis in opposition.

26 – New Moon.