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A lovely pair will draw close together in the sky this weekend the planets Venus and Saturn and amateur astronomers plan to offer the public close-up views Saturday.
 The two planets will be only two-thirds of a degree apart as seen from Earth. Venus, the second-brightest object in the night sky, will far outshine dim, distant Saturn. Meanwhile, the brightest thing in the night sky, the moon, will glow fiercely through it all, because it will be full.

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Solar Chromosphere june 2007
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Solar Chromosphere june 2007

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Was it a ships flare or a meteor? It appeared at almost exactly 11 p.m. Monday while I was standing in my living room talking with Nina Howard of Inverness. Suddenly a bright light came into view out my window, travelling west to east in the moonlit sky.
Turn around quick! I said to Nina, who did and was able to see the end of the lights long arc as it disappeared behind Inverness Ridge roughly three miles south of my cabin. The light appeared to be high above the ridge with a long trajectory.

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One group of sun worshippers stood out from the bikini-clad crowd on this popular Athens beach.
A small band of pagan revivalists dressed in white chose the 2,500-year-old temple of Apollo in Vouliagmeni, a coastal resort 25 kilometres south of Athens, to celebrate the summer solstice in antique style Thursday.

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Our sister planet Venus to be shining even brighter in July
"What is that very bright object in the west at sunset?" has been the question of the month. It's the planet Venus, and it will be shining even brighter at magnitude -4.3 in July. Our sister planet is so bright, you can spot her in the early evening sky.
Saturn will be in conjunction with the 100 times brighter Venus (in the constellation Leo) on July 2, and should be a great sight in a telescope.

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Outsider festival welcomes all-comers
The much awaited 'Outsider Festival' starts tonight. It is a blend of headline singers, bands, comedy acts, and DJs, all brought together in the great outdoors of the Rothiemurchas Estate near Aviemore. Billed as a festival for people who care about the world, the organisers say wanting to save the planet doesn't mean you can't have a good time.

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Veuns an Saturn meet in the evening.

Venus_Saturn_23-06-07.JPGVenus, Saturn and Regulus line up on Saturday evening at 6:00 pm ACST, click image to enlarge it and see the sickle of Leo.

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On the evening of  June 30th the two bright planet, Venus and Saturn, will pass close to each other in the Constellation Leo. The pair will only be 2 - 3 degrees apart.
Look to the west  to spot Venus, which is the brightest object in the sky; Saturn at  magnitude 1  will be the yellow star next to it.

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Planet Venus    2007- 6-30  22:25 UT
Magnitude:  -2.9
Diameter:  31.5 "
Illuminated Fraction: 0.357
Phase:  107 °
Distance:  0.5346 ua
Solar Distance:  0.7255 ua
 J2000 RA:   9h37m26.08s   DE:+14°52'35.5"
Azimuth          :+280°02'
Altitude         :+11°19'
 

Planet Saturn   2007- 6-30  22h25m
Magnitude:   1.0
Diameter:  16.8 "
Illuminated Fraction: 0.999
Phase:    4 °
Distance:  9.9292 ua
Solar Distance:  9.2197 ua
J2000 RA:   9h39m57.02s   DE:+15°17'50.6"
Azimuth          :+279°45'
Altitude         :+12°00'


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Planetarium offering weekend programs
The Lafayette Natural History Museum and Planetarium has opened its summer star show, "Our Star, The Sun."
Visitors will find out what astronomers are learning about the Earths closest star and how it compares with other stars and also will see the most recent images of the sun.

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Summer Solstice
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Ann Arbor's senior druid was running late.
But not even senior druids can manipulate traffic or skip out of work early. Not even to meet the head of the druids' magicians guild (who is, as it turns out, also the head of the warriors guild).
No matter. The warrior-magician, in jean shorts and running shoes, busied himself preparing lemonade and brownies for his guests.
Soon, druids would be meeting in this modest brick house in a distinctly un-magical-looking neighbourhood in Ann Arbor to plan an ancient ritual for the summer solstice, which occurs at 2:06 p.m. today -- the first day of summer and the day with the longest daylight hours.
In ancient Europe, druids were a mysterious religious class of people who revered nature, worshipped many gods and were eventually wiped out by Christians. In the Bible, they're called pagans and cast as the bad guys who favoured gold idols and liked a good human sacrifice from time to time.

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