June 2022 Marks the beginning of Winter in Australia and New Zealand.
It’s also when the Winter Solstice occurs, and for 2022 this on the 21st June. It’s the shortest day of the year. However, it’s not the day that has the earliest Sunset or latest Sunrise – just the least number of daylight hours.
Winter in the Southern Hemisphere is when the Milky Way is at its most spectacular. In the warmer months we face towards the outer reaches of the Milky Way at night. In Winter, the dense star and dust clouds of our home galaxy arch overhead. If you own a pair of binoculars, it’s a great time to find a dark spot away from city lights during a Moonless night and explore.
Full Moon is the 14th of June and a New Moon falls on the 29th June.
Early morning continues to see a parade of the bright Solar System planets as some position themselves into opposition when they’ll be visible all night in coming months.
Amazingly, La Niña continues to blight eastern Australia especially with the Bureau of Meteorology forecasting above average rainfall for the winter months. <sigh>
Sent By : Martin Dowd
Photoname: Omega Centauri (NGC 5139)
Details: Taken from a light polluted Sydney backyard during a Full Moon, Martin used a BINTEL 6” Newtonian Reflector and a ZWO ASI2600MC camera. This is the largest globular cluster in the Milky Way. It appears as a faint smudge with your eyes under a dark sky and even a small telescope reveals a tightly bound ball of stars. Larger telescopes will let you explore more and more stars. It’s thought there’s more than ten million stars in an area about 150 light years across. We get a lot of questions about how to see Jupiter or Saturn’s rings, but there’s a swag of spectacular objects like this you can point your telescope towards as well.
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