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May 2020

Mercury 3.5° from Pleiades

May 12 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Moon is 7° from Saturn

May 13 @ 6:30 am - 8:00 am
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Jupiter Stationary – begins to retrograde

May 14
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Moon is 3.5° from Mars

May 15
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Conjunction of Jupiter & Saturn

May 18
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Mercury & Venus closest

May 21
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Executive Committee Meeting (on-line using Zoom)

May 21 @ 7:45 pm - 10:00 pm
On-Line 🖥, Ireland

This week a conference call online for committee members - by invitation only.

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Mercury 5° from moon with Venus nearby

May 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Annual General Meeting – Postponed

May 26 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
To be advised, Location to be Advised + Google Map

A new date will be notified when known

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PM Mercury 1.5° from M35

May 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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June 2020

Venus at inferior conjunction 0.2° N of Sun

June 3
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Mercury Superior Conjunction

June 4
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Mercury greatest elongation east 23.36°

June 4
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Penumbral Lunar Eclipse (am)

June 5 @ 3:30 am - 6:00 am
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Late PM Moon 3.75° from Saturn, Jupiter also near

June 8
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Moon, Saturn and Jupiter make a right-angled triangle in SW

June 9
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Mars disk now 10″ wide

June 11
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Mars and Neptune now <2° apart (am)

June 12
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Moon 3.75° from Mars

June 13
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Summer Solstice 21h 44m

June 20
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Neptune Stationary begins to retrograde

June 23
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Jupiter and Pluto are < 1° apart

June 28
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Biggest 1st Qtr moon of 2020 32° 18′

June 28
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Venus is near Hyades

June 30
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July 2020

Merecury at Inferior Conjunction

July 1
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Venus passing through the Hyades (am)

July 3
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Earth at Aphelion 1.0167 AU

July 4
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Moon 3° from Ju[piter

July 5
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Penumbral lunar eclipse (pm)

July 5
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Moon is 8° from Saturn with Jupiter near

July 6
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Venus greatest brilliance

July 8
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Venus at Aphelion

July 10
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Venus is near Aldebaran

July 11
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Mars crosses celestial equator (S to N)

July 11
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Moon 3° from Mars (am)

July 12
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Jupiter is at opposition (-2.8m)

July 14 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Pluto is at opposition (13.3m)

July 15
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Moon 2.25° from Venus (near Aldebaran)

July 17
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8 Planets above horizon at same time prior to Civil Twilight (am)

July 18
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Saturn at Opposition (Earth transits sun as seen from Saturn)

July 20
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Mercury greatest elongation west (20°08′)

July 22
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Mars moves back into Pisces and remains there for 2020

July 27
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Aquarid meteor shower peaks at 1800 hr

July 30 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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August 2020

Mars at Perihelion (1.3814 AU)

August 3
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Moon is 4.5° from Mars

August 8
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Perseid meteor shower peak

August 12
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Venus Helf Phase (need a scope to see)

August 12 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Venus greatest elongations west (45° 48′)

August 13
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Moon 5° from Venus

August 15
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Uranus stationary begins to retrograde

August 15
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Mercury at superior conjunction

August 17
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Lunar crescent is just 41.5 hours old

August 20
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Rolling Sun of Croagh Patrick

August 23 @ 8:00 am - August 24 @ 10:00 pm
Croagh Patrick, Croagh Patrick Mayo Ireland + Google Map

A beautiful annual spectacle watched over by the boheh rock, dating from between 4,000 and 2500 BC but how was it discovered and what is its meaning? On August 24 a most amazing phenomenon known as the “rolling sun” can be witnessed in the west of Ireland on Croagh Patrick, the holy mountain of Saint Patrick in County Mayo. If the summit of the mountain is clear the sun can be observed to set on the peak and then appear…

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Venus low in east to the left of Orion

August 25
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Vest is 0.5° from M44 (Beehive cluster)

August 27
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Moon is 4° from Jupiter

August 28
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Ceres is at oppostion (7.7m) in Aquarius (telescope object)

August 28
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Moon is 3° from Saturn

August 29
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Jupiters four main moons are in order of their increasing distance from the planet (binoculars needed) early AM

August 30
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September 2020

Aurigid Meteor shower peak

September 1
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Favourable lunar libration of NE limb (Humboldt Sea)

September 1 @ 5:22 am - 5:30 am
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Moon is 3.5° from Mars

September 5
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Moon occults Mars for southern Europe

September 6
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Mars Stationary begins to retrograde

September 9
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Neptune is at opposition (7.8m)

September 11
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Jupiter Stationary prograde motion resumes

September 13
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Jupiter maximum declination south

September 14
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Moon is 3.5° from Venus with M44 found between the pair (am)

September 14
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Observing and photographing the Moon

September 14 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
On-Line 🖥 Ireland

See information on Post Page Frances McCarthy and Danielle Wilcox of Blackrock Castle

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Culture Night in Ireland

September 18 @ 6:30 am - 10:30 pm
Black Rock Castle Cork, Ireland + Google Map

Cork Astronomy Club usually attends Blackrock Castle on this night - however due to Civid-9 this may not be the case this year.  See this spot and the web-site front page for further notifications

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Good night for photographing earthshine

September 19
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Autumn Equinox (13:31)

September 22 @ 1:31 pm
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Venus 2° from Vesta (am)

September 23
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Moon is 3.5° from Saturn. Jupiter to the moon’s upper right

September 25
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Comet 88P/Howell due to reach perihelion

September 26
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International Observe the Moon Night

September 26

From Wikipedia International Observe the Moon Night is an annual public outreach event sponsored by the  Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, and other NASA and astronomical organizations that encourages observation, appreciation, and understanding of our Moon and its connection to planetary science and exploration. Everyone on Earth is invited to join the celebration by hosting or attending an event or participating as a lunar observer — and uniting on one…

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Lunar libration favourable (NE limb – Humboldt Sea)

September 27
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Saturn stationary, pro-grade motion resumes

September 29
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Venus is 3.5° from Regulus (am)

September 30
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October 2020

Saturn maximum declination south

October 1
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Mercury greatest elongation E (25° 49′

October 1
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Harvest Moon

October 1 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

The "harvest moon" is the full moon nearest to the autumnal equinox (22 or 23 September), occurring anytime within two weeks before or after that date. The "hunter's moon" is the full moon following it.

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Moon is 4.5° from Mars as they rise

October 2
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Venus is <.5° from Regulus (am)

October 3
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Pluto stationary – pro-grade motion resumes

October 4 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mars closest to Earth (62.07m km)

October 6
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TESLA Roadster fly by of Mars at 7.3m Km

October 7
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Draconid meteor shower peak

October 8
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S Taurid meteor shower peak

October 10
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Mars outshines Jupiter all month

October 12
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Mars, a Cosmic Stepping Stone

October 12 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
On-Line 🖥 Ireland

Kevin Nolan

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Mars is at opposition

October 13
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Moon is 4° from Venus (am)

October 14
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Jovian moons in order of increasing distance

October 15

These are paired - Io with Europa,  Ganymede close to Callisto

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Eris at opposition

October 16
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Jovian moons Callisto and Io double shadow transit

October 17
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Vesta 2° from Regulus

October 21
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Orionid meteor shower peak

October 22 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Moon is 2.75° from Jupiter, Saturn is nearby

October 22 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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