S. H. Current Moon Phase

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 2019

Tommorow the Moon will be in a Waxing Crescent Phase. A Waxing Crescent is the first Phase after the New Moon and is a great time to see the features of the moon’s surface. During this phase the Moon can be seen in the wester sky after the sun dips below the horizon at sunset. The moon is close to the sun in the sky and mostly dark except for the right edge of the moon which becomes brighter as the days get closer to the next phase which is a First Quarter with a 50% illumination.

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Saturn in Retrograde: What Does It Mean?

Saturn went retrograde on April 18th, 2018. It will resume normal service on September 6th, 2018. So what does it mean? And how does Saturn in retrograde affect you personally?

Planets in Retrograde

When a planet is in retrograde it means that, from our perspective on Earth, the planet appears to be going backwards. It doesn’t really change direction, yet astrologists believe that retrograde planets do affect us: our moods, behavior, energy, and events around us.

Saturn in retrograde is nothing unusual as the planet spends over a third of our Earth year appearing to travel backwards. You may see references to ‘station’ in connection to retrogrades. This is the time when the planet seems to stop moving, before either seeming to go backwards, or to resume forward movement after a retrograde period has ended.

Qualities of Saturn

Saturn has a bit of a bad rap in the astrology world. It is the planet of structure, authority, and discipline. It’s also connected to feelings of sorrow, heaviness of mood and loneliness. Yet Saturn is also designated as the planet of hidden blessings…

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The Sky This Week from May 31 to June 9 333 The Sky This Week from May 31 to June 9

As spring transitions into summer, we get the best of both seasons: The Big Dipper and Beehive star cluster appear prominent in early evening, while the Summer Triangle takes center stage later on.

Tuesday, June 4
You can use Mars as a guide to finding Mercury this week. With binoculars in hand, scan to Mars’ lower right starting about 30 minutes after sunset. Mercury shows up as a bright dot some 9° high in the west-northwest. It shines at magnitude –0.8 and appears obvious to the naked eye once you know where to look. And this evening, a two-day-old crescent Moon hangs 6° to Mercury’s left. If you keep watching as the sky grows darker, the unlit side of the Moon will grow more prominent. This is earthshine — sunlight that reflects off Earth, strikes the Moon, and then bounces back to our eyes. If you return to the scene tomorrow evening, a slighter fatter crescent Moon will lie 6° to Mars’ upper left.

Wednesday, June 5
Jupiter stands out among the background stars of southern Ophiuchus from the time it rises in the southeast shortly before 9 p.m. local daylight time until morning twilight is well underway. The giant planet is near its best for the year right now, reaching opposition and peak visibility next week (on June 10). Jupiter shines at magnitude –2.6, which makes it the brightest point of light in the sky until Venus rises about an hour before the Sun. The best time to view Jupiter through a telescope is when it climbs highest in the south, a position it reaches around 1:30 a.m. The gas giant’s spectacular disk spans 46″, and its dynamic atmosphere shows at least two parallel dark belts.

Thursday, June 6
Neptune rises before 2 a.m. local daylight time and climbs 20° high in the east-southeast as twilight commences. The distant world glows at magnitude 7.9, so you’ll need binoculars or a telescope to spot it. Fortunately, it lies near a brighter star that will guide you. This morning, Neptune stands 1.3° east-northeast of 4th-magnitude Phi (φ) Aquarii. You can confirm your sighting of Neptune through a telescope, which reveals the planet’s 2.3″-diameter disk and blue-gray color.

Friday, June 7
Look high in the northwest after darkness falls this week and you’ll be greeted by the familiar sight of the Big Dipper. The dipper is the sky’s most conspicuous asterism — a recognizable pattern of stars that doesn’t form a complete constellation shape. It represents the body and tail of Ursa Major the Great Bear. Use the Pointers, the two stars at the end of the dipper’s bowl, to find Polaris, which lies due north for everyone north of the equator. Polaris marks the end of the Little Dipper’s handle. On June evenings, the relatively faint stars of this dipper arc directly above Polaris.

The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, at 7:15 p.m. EDT. It then lies 228,978 miles (368,504 kilometers) away from us.

Saturday, June 8
Glorious Saturn appears conspicuous in the southeastern sky by midnight local daylight time this week. The ringed planet rises around 10:30 p.m. local daylight time and climbs highest in the south by 3 a.m. Saturn shines at magnitude 0.2 and appears significantly brighter than any of the background stars in its host constellation, Sagittarius the Archer. A telescope reveals the planet’s 18″-diameter disk and a stunning ring system that spans 41″ and tilts 24° to our line of sight.

Sunday, June 9
The conspicuous Summer Triangle asterism dominates the eastern sky in late evening. Vega, the triangle’s brightest member, shines at magnitude 0.0 and stands highest of the three stars. To its lower left lies Deneb; at magnitude 1.3, it is the trio’s faintest member. Magnitude 0.8 Altair resides at the bottom right and completes the bright asterism. Despite its name, the Summer Triangle appears prominent from late spring until winter begins

Astronomy.com

Current Moon Phase

TUESDAY, JUNE 4, 2019

The Moon today is in a Waxing Crescent Phase. A Waxing Crescent is the first Phase after the New Moon and is a great time to see the features of the moon’s surface. During this phase the Moon can be seen in the wester sky after the sun dips below the horizon at sunset. The moon is close to the sun in the sky and mostly dark except for the right edge of the moon which becomes brighter as the days get closer to the next phase which is a First Quarter with a 50% illumination.

Hope You Had or Having a Terrific Tuesday

Sorry I am getting such a late start today but I’m watching one of my grandsons which means leaving my house about 6:00 AM and being busy until naptime.

I am going to skip the horoscopes for the northern hemisphere since it is so late in the day but I will make it up to all of you tomorrow by doing a couple of different types of horoscopes for you. Speaking of horoscope tell me the top three ones you would want to know on a daily or weekly basis so I can post what you want to read instead of me guessing and putting up onesthat you could care less about reading.

So now to find out the Moon and Planetary positions…