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Storm Team 11 Starwatch: Monday, June 18th - Sunday, June 24th 2018

The Summer Solstice is this week!

Happy Monday!  

Welcome to the 30th edition of StormTeam 11 Starwatch! This is a blog that will be posted weekly that will list events happening in the sky this week! 

Monday, June 18th -  Sunday, June 24th 2018 

Tuesday, June 19th 2018  

Vesta is at opposition with the Sun and will be in the constellation Sagittarius near Saturn. Vesta is the second largest asteroid after Ceres, but it is the brightest. During the month of June it will be barely visible to the naked eye during a dark sky with no moon as it reaches a magnitude of 5.3 before it will fade a bit during the end of the month. Look about 10 degrees to the upper right of Saturn at 11 PM to see Vesta. It will look like a faint star to the naked eye. The image below shows what you can see.  

Wednesday, June 20th 2018 

This morning the first quarter moon will be visible at 6:52 AM. 

Thursday, June 21st 2018 

Today marks the summer solstice, or the official beginning of summer. This occurs at 6:07 AM. This is when the Sun is seen most northerly in the sky. Every day the Earth rotates like a top giving the illusion of a sunrise and sunset. The Earth orbits the Sun once a year, but the Earth itself is also tilted. It is due to Earth's tilt that we don't see the Sun rise and set exactly East and West each day. On the Summer Solstice the Sun will rise and set the most North of East and West. This is the longest day of the year! The Sun will be highest at noon.  

Saturday, June 23rd 2018 

Tonight the Moon and Jupiter will be about 4 degrees apart after sunset as you look towards the South. They will be in the constellation Libra. Take a look at the image below to see what the sky will look like.  


Special thanks to Adam Thanz from Bays Mountain Park & Planetarium and Dr. Gary Henson from ETSU for this information. Additionally, the following site has been used:

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