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Skywatch: Two Stellar Events

Two events will occur at the beginning of June that will be a treat for any avid sky watcher. First there will be a partial lunar eclipse on the morning of June 4th. The eclipse will begin around 6:00 a.m. EDT and will be at peak an hour later at 7:04 a.m. June’s full moon is called the strawberry moon in Native American lore, as it is a reminder that the berries are ripe and ready for harvest.

The second event is the transit of Venus across the face of the Sun. The last transit was in 2004 but it won’t happen again until 2117. The transit will begin at approximately 6:03 p.m. EDT and continue into the next day. Unfortunately East Coast observers won’t be able to watch the entire event since it begins late in the day and the sun sets a little over two hours later (have no fear, NASA has a live webcast planned for the entire event).

Below are my sources and resources for both events. Have fun and remember to NEVER look directly at the Sun without proper equipment!

Lunar Eclipse

Transit of Venus

Related: How to Observe Safely Sun

Image Credit – 2004 Transit of Venus via Wikipedia

Coming Home

There is something deeply moving about returning to your childhood home after a long absence. The growth of the trees and other subtle changes are disorienting. New has replaced the old and familiar. You then begin to remember the happy times spent with family and friends as well as the hurts, tears and disappointments. It’s as if each memory and experience has been waiting for you to return and gently asks where you’ve been as it is resurrected in your heart and mind. And all you can do is laugh, smile, and cry as you embrace each one.

Skywatch: Super Moon 2012

Super MoonThis month’s full moon will occur at 11:35 EDT this coming Saturday night (May 5, 2012). The Moon will also be at its closest approach to Earth (perigee). Due to its closeness, it will appear approximately 8% larger and 16% brighter than a normal full moon. Since it will be Saturday night it will be a great opportunity to share this event with your family and friends!

The accompanying photo is one I took of the March 2011 super moon.

Learn more:

This Week’s Sky at a Glance – SkyandTelescope.com.

‘Supermoon’ Alert: Biggest Full Moon of 2012 Occurs This Week – Space.com

Extreme Super Moon on May 6th – Accuweather

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