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On 4/19/2019 at 10:18 AM, mainsheetsister said:

Full Moon on April 19. 

Good Friday , Easter is on a Lunar Calendar. 

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New Moon on May 4. 

 

The Moon will located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky.

When the moon is new, it rises at dawn, is directly overhead at midday, and sets at dusk.

This phase occurs at 22:46 UTC.

This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.

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Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower on May 6-7. 

 

The Eta Aquarids is an above average shower, capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak.

Most of the activity is seen in the Southern Hemisphere.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the rate can reach about 30 meteors per hour.

It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet Halley, which has known and observed since ancient times.

The shower runs annually from April 19 to May 28.

It peaks this year on the night of May 6 and the morning of the May 7.

The thin crescent moon will set early in the evening leaving dark skies for what should be a good show.

Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight.

Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

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Full Moon, Blue Moon on May 18.

 

The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated.

This phase occurs at 21:11 UTC.

This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Flower Moon because this was the time of year when spring flowers appeared in abundance.

This moon has also been known as the Full Corn Planting Moon and the Milk Moon.

Since this is the third of four full moons in this season, it is known as a blue moon.

This rare calendar event only happens once every few years, giving rise to the term, “once in a blue moon.”

There are normally only three full moons in each season of the year.

But since full moons occur every 29.53 days, occasionally a season will contain 4 full moons.

The extra full moon of the season is known as a blue moon.

Blue moons occur on average once every 2.7 years.

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 Jupiter at Opposition on June 10. 

 

When at Opposition, a celestial body is opposite the sun as seen from Earth, and will be directly overhead at midnight.

The giant planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun.

It will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long.

This is the best time to view and photograph Jupiter and its moons.

A medium-sized telescope should be able to show you some of the details in Jupiter's cloud bands.

A good pair of binoculars should allow you to see Jupiter's four largest moons, appearing as bright dots on either side of the planet.

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Moon and Jupiter tonight, close by each other.  Should be pretty.

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Full Moon on June 17. 

 

The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated.

When the moon is full, it rises at dusk, is directly overhead at midnight, and sets at dawn.

This phase occurs at 08:31 UTC.

This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Strawberry Moon because it signaled the time of year to gather ripening fruit.

It also coincides with the peak of the strawberry harvesting season.

This moon has also been known as the Full Rose Moon and the Full Honey Moon.

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1 hour ago, mainsheetsister said:

Full Moon on June 17. 

It also coincides with the peak of the strawberry harvesting season.

wentte strawberrey pickeng yesterday, iy wase greate.                                                    :)

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June Solstice on June 21. 

 

The June solstice occurs at 15:54 UTC.

The North Pole of the earth will be tilted toward the Sun, which will have reached its northernmost position in the sky and will be directly over the Tropic of Cancer at 23.44 degrees north latitude.

This is the first day of summer (summer solstice) in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of winter (winter solstice) in the Southern Hemisphere.

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here..... clouds, clouds and more clouds.  at least it's raining.

I love this thread, I keep hoping for a clear night that I'm not otherwise engaged.

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For those interested,  CNN will air the 92-minute Apollo 11 documentary on Sunday, June 23rd at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. EDT, with encores on June 29 and July 20, the latter the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing.

https://www.space.com/apollo-documentary-television-and-space-station.html

I have watched this documentary several times, and it's outstanding! It includes a lot of never-seen-before footage, including 70mm film taken at that time.

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Saturn at Opposition on July 9. 

 

The ringed planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun.

It will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long.

This is the best time to view and photograph Saturn and its moons.

A medium-sized or larger telescope will allow you to see Saturn's rings and a few of its brightest moons.

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Full Moon and .Partial Lunar Eclipse on July 16. 

 

The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated.

When the moon is full, it rises at dusk, is directly overhead at midnight, and sets at dawn.

This phase occurs at 21:38 UTC.

This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Buck Moon because the male buck deer would begin to grow their new antlers at this time of year.

This moon has also been known as the Full Thunder Moon and the Full Hay Moon.

 

 A partial lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth's partial shadow, or penumbra, and only a portion of it passes through the darkest shadow, or umbra.

During this type of eclipse a part of the Moon will darken as it moves through the Earth's shadow.

The eclipse will be visible throughout most of Europe, Africa, central Asia, and the Indian Ocean. 

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Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower on July 28-29. 

 

The Delta Aquarids is an average shower that can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak.

It is produced by debris left behind by comets Marsden and Kracht.

The shower runs annually from July 12 to August 23.

It peaks this year on the night of July 28 and morning of July 29.

The waning crescent moon will not be too much of a problem this year.

The skies should be dark enough for what could be a good show.

Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight.

Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

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Perseids Meteor Shower on August 12-13. 

 

The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak.

It is produced by comet Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862.

The Perseids are famous for producing a large number of bright meteors.

The shower runs annually from July 17 to August 24.

It peaks this year on the night of August 12 and the morning of August 13.

The nearly full moon will block out most of the fainter meteors this year, but the Perseids are so bright and numerous that it could still be a good show.

Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight.

Meteors will radiate from the constellation Perseus, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

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Full Moon on August 15. 

 

The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated.

When the moon is full, it rises at dusk, is directly overhead at midnight, and sets at dawn.

This phase occurs at 12:30 UTC.

This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Sturgeon Moon because the large sturgeon fish of the Great Lakes and other major lakes were more easily caught at this time of year.

This moon has also been known as the Green Corn Moon and the Grain Moon.

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