This week you can see a crescent moon after sunset

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The Night Sky This Week: June 10-16, 2024 Stargazers should make the most of this week.
Next week, the solstice and a full moon combine, so true darkness will be hard to find north of the equator.
So enjoy some post-sunset views of the crescent moon and take some time to pick out a new constellation of two.
Here’s what’s happening in the night sky this week: Monday, June 10: Waxing Crescent Moon Look west after sunset for a 21% lit waxing crescent moon.
Tuesday, June 11: Waxing Crescent Moon And Regulus Each month, the moon can pass close to four bright stars.
Tonight, it’s the turn of Regulus, the brightest star in Leo, which a 30% lit waxing crescent moon will visit.
Friday, June 14: First Quarter Moon Tonight is the first quarter moon, which is the time of the month when the moon appears half-lit as seen from Earth.
Don’t plan a stargazing trip to a dark sky this week or next—you’ll get no benefit.

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This week’s night sky is June 10–16, 2024.

This is a week that stargazers should not be missed. There won’t be much true darkness north of the equator the following week due to the conjunction of the solstice and complete moon. Take some time to select a new constellation of two, and enjoy some views of the crescent moon after sunset. These are the events taking place this week in the night sky.

June 10th, Monday: Crescent Moon in waxing phases.

After dusk, look west to see a waxing crescent moon that is 21% illuminated. The “Earthshine”—sunlight reflected from the oceans and ice caps of our planet onto the lunar surface—will be visible on its dark limb. It’s barely powerful enough to gently illuminate a limb of the moon.

Tuesday, June 11: Waxing Crescent Moon and Regulus.

The moon can pass near four bright stars each month. The brightest star in Leo, Regulus, will be visited tonight by a waxing crescent moon that is 30% illuminated. Examine the sky above the west.

First Quarter Moon on Friday, June 14.

This evening is the first quarter moon, when the moon appears half-lit from Earth to the outside world. In addition, stars become harder to see at this time of year as the moonlight brightens the night skies. This week or the next, avoid scheduling a stargazing excursion under a dark sky; you won’t reap any rewards.

June 15, Saturday: NGC 6388.

Considered remnants of the early universe, globular clusters are small, close-knit groups of thousands to millions of stars located on the outskirts of the Milky Way. At midnight tonight, in the constellation Scorpius, the 10-billion-year-old NGC 6388 globular cluster will reach its highest point in the sky of the year, according to In-The-Sky . org. To observe it, you’ll need a small telescope, but the Hubble Space Telescope’s 2012 findings won’t be visible to you.

Moon and Spica on Sunday, June 16.

The brightest star in the Virgo constellation, Spica, is located approximately 250 light-years away from the waxing gibbous moon, which is 76 percent lit tonight. Every month in 2024, the moon will be in close conjunction with Spica; however, this one is the closest. The moon will appear to occult (eclipse) Spica for a few hours from Central Asia.

The constellation Corona Borealis is this week’s naked-eye target.

Seven brilliant stars form the Corona Borealis constellation, which is located between Boötes and Hercules. Have you ever seen the “Northern Crown”? Apart from its ideal June location, there’s another compelling reason to familiarize yourself with this semi-circle crescent of stars: a “nova” is about to explode within it! Corona Borealis is positioned between the orangey Arcturus above and the bright summer stars Vega in the northeast.

This week’s telescope target is the Ring Nebula.

It is easier to see this bright and colorful planetary nebula—the remains of a star that went supernova—if you’re away from light pollution. It was recently captured in exquisite detail by the James Webb Space Telescope. In either case, a six-inch telescope is required. It is located in the Lyra constellation about 2,000 light-years away.

Mid-northern latitudes are covered by the times and dates provided. Stellarium and The Sky Live are two online planetariums that provide the most accurate location-specific information. Verify your location’s planet-rise/planet-set, sunrise/sunset, and moonrise/moonset times.

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I’m wishing you big eyes and clear skies.

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