Pagasa: Summer solstice,
star formations in June

June 1 2016 7:02 PM

Image from Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (pagasa.dost.gov.ph)
Image from Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (pagasa.dost.gov.ph)

The summer solstice and several star formations are the phenomena awaiting sky gazers this June, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) has said.

In its astronomical diary, Pagasa said the summer solstice would occur at 6:34 a.m. of June 21, a Tuesday.

Summer solstice marks the start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

On the other hand, Pagasa said stargazers may expect the asterisms of the Big and Small Dippers in the constellations of Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, respectively.

It will be observed above the northern horizon with the body of the constellation Draco between them.

A horseshoe-shaped formation of stars of the constellation Corona Borealis is located about 35 degrees above the northern horizon with the head of Draco below it.

Scorpio can be seen above the east-southeastern horizon, while Centaurus and Acrux are just above the south direction.

Summer triangle

Pagasa said stargazers may also want to see the Summer Triangle of the stars Vega, Deneb and Altair of the constellations Lyra, Aquila and Cygnus, respectively.

“These stars are well placed in the eastern horizon an hour before midnight,” it said.

Planets

Uranus will glow feebly at magnitude +5.86and will be located 45 degrees above the east-northeastern horizon, among background stars of the constellation Pisces.

Mercury will be low in the east-northeastern horizon before sunrise during the second week as it continues to slide down the horizon in June.

Jupiter will be located at 70 degrees above the west-northwestern horizon and shine at magnitude -2.05, among the background stars of the constellation Leo.

It will be observable on the night sky throughout June.

Mars and Saturn will be seen at about 15 and 28 degrees above east-southeastern horizon, and shine at magnitudes -1.98 and +0.01 and will lie among the background stars of the constellations Libra and Ophiuchus respectively.

Venus will be difficult to observe as it is near the Sun in June.

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