Mon. June 25 - Leading our monthly tour of the night sky, tonight the waxing crescent Moon will be located below ruddy Mars.
Tues. June 26 - This is First Quarter Moon night when the perfect half slice of orange will rise over the southeast mountains in the early evening hours.
Wed. June 27 - Tonight the waxing Moon is again low in the southern sky, far enough south so that it is below both the bright star Spica and higher in the sky, the ringed planet Saturn.
Wed. June 27 - For those who would like to learn more about astronomy, OC RASC members invite you to join them for the regular meeting in Vernon. The speaker will be OC RASC President Colleen O'Hare on
"Max Plank: A Man and his Measurements". This was a standout talk at both Kelowna and Penticton meetings as Colleen explains how Max Planck measured the Universe and changed how we look at it. In a time when most physicists thought there was nothing new to discover, Max Planck revealed the most basic relationships of the Universe.
An interesting addition to the Vernon meetings has been pre-meeting beginners telescope sessions which start at 6.30pm. Visitors are welcome to bring their 'Christmas' and other telescopes to explore how to use them. The regular meeting will start at 7.15pm, also in the basement of the main building of the Okanagan Science Centre on the east side of Polson Park just off Highway 6. The entrance is from the rear of the building.
Fri. June 29 - If the sky is clear, get set for a night of observing at the Okanagan Observatory on Big White Road (full directions at www.okanaganobservatory.ca). OC RASC members invite the public to join them for an audio/visual program, a guided tour of the sky, and observing with member telescopes and the club's 25" telescope. A Go/No Go message will be posted by 3pm each Friday on the Observatory Event Phone 250-300 8SKY (8759).
Sat. June 30 - The innermost planet Mercury marks the last day of June by reaching its greatest elongation away from the Sun in the evening sky. Even at that it is only about the distance between your pinky and thumb stretched apart away from the Sun.
Okanagan Skies features highlights of current and upcoming astronomical events which are assembled by OC RASC member Dave Gamble. Please send your comments to [email protected].
Okanagan Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada