Star chart for 15th June at 8.00 pm
Because of the moon’s elliptical orbit around the Earth, its distance varies and so does its apparent size which can vary up to 11%. On the 23rd of this month, we will have the largest full moon of the year.
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Mercury is visible in the evening sky and reaches its maximum elongation from the sun on the 10th then heads back, dims and becoming increasingly difficult to see.
Venus is also visible in the evening sky but is increasing its distance from the sun and gets brighter, reaching magnitude -3.9. The two planets are at their closest on the night of the 19th as they cross paths, though Mercury will be difficult to discern in the evening glow.
Mars passed behind the sun in April and now appears above the Easter horizon half an hour before sunrise but cannot yet be seen in the glare.
Jupiter passes behind the sun on the 19th and is no longer visible in the night sky.
Saturn remains in the constellation of Virgo and its bright yellow light (magnitude 0) contrasts nicely with the blue twinkle of the star Spica. The rings of Saturn have now opened out from the line of sight to 17 degrees, their maximum in six years. The moons of Saturn will not appear in a line but Titan, the brightest, should be easily observable.
The Sun attains its highest point north with respect to the terrestrial equator at 06.03 pm Egypt time.