Daily Archives: June 4, 2012
Two Sun/Earth alignments, and plumbing the depths for Pluto
This week’s “Eyes on the Sky” details who is best situated to see the lunar eclipse of June 4, how nearly everyone worldwide can watch the Venus Transit of June 5 (or 6th, depending on your location in the world – also see links below last week’s video), as well as a really difficult challenge: PLUTO! This 14th magnitude icy body revolves around our Sun at nearly 3 billion miles distance; can you spot this tiny, dim speck in Sagittarius? This week’s video shows you how to learn the area it’s in, some fantastic clusters you can see easily even with binoculars from light polluted areas, and when to look to try and find the 9th plan…. errr – previously-the-9th-planet. (See link to PDF finder chart, below). Check it out, and “see what’s up” in the sky this week.
Pluto finder chart: CLICK HERE (6.8 MB)
- Partial lunar eclipse 4 June (physicsforme.wordpress.com)
- Weekly SkyWatcher’s Forecast: June 4-10, 2012 (universetoday.com)