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The June Sky is Packed with Must-see Astronomical Events. Don’t miss them!

The June Sky is Packed with Must-see Astronomical Events. Don’t Miss Them

Are you fond of gazing at the night sky? Then you shouldn’t miss what are about to come this month.

The skies of June 2020 are packed with a lot of wonderful astronomical events involving the sun, the moon, and even some of the known planets in the Solar System.

On Wednesday, June 3, 2020, the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (DOST-PAGASA) has released the line up of the June 2020 Astronomical Events to watch out for. So mark your calendars now with the following dates:

June 6, 2020

Penumbral Eclipse of the Moon

The Penumbral Eclipse of the Moon also known as the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse will start at 1:45 AM and will end at 5:04 AM (Philippine Standard Time). This type of eclipse occurs when the moon enters the penumbra.

Make sure not to miss it as it will be visible in the Philippines.

June 9, 2020

Jupiter 2.3° N of Moon

Based on PAGASA’s Astronomical Diary, the planet Jupiter will be at the 2.3° North of the moon at 1:00 AM of June 9, 2020.

June 15, 2020

Moon at Apogee

At 8:58 AM on June 15, 2020, the moon will be on its Apogee or its farthest distance from the Earth which is 404,600 km.

June 19, 2020

Venus 0.8° S of Moon

By June 18, 2020, the planet Venus will be at the 0.8° South of the moon at 5:00 PM.

June 21, 2020

Summer Solstice

During Summer Solstice, the Philippine nights are at their shortest and daytimes are at their longest as the sun travels the longest path through the sky. According to PAGASA,  “this event marks the start of the apparent southward movement of the Sun in the ecliptic.”

The Summer Solstice falls on June 21, 2020, at 5:44 AM.

Annular Solar Eclipse

The Annular Solar Eclipse will be visible in the Philippines as a Partial Solar Eclipse.

The eclipse will start at 3:01 PM. However, for Baguio City, it will begin by 2:57 PM, be at its maximum at 4:21 PM and end at 5:30 PM.

June 25, 2020

Regulus 4.4° S of Moon

According to PAGASA, Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo and the 21st brightest star in the night sky will be at 4.4° S of the Moon at 10:00 AM of June 25, 2020.

June 30, 2020

Moon at Perigee

At 10:10 AM on June 30, 2020, the moon will be on its Perigee or its nearest distance to the Earth which is 369,000 km.

Who’s Excited to Witness these Events?

Those are the lineup of the astronomical events which will occur this month. Are you excited to catch at least some of them? If so, which event are you most excited about? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.



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