Grasslands National Park, East Block
©Judy Black. iPhone 6s Plus, ISO 25, 1/3700 sec @f/2.2

Stars: Castor, Pollux
Conjunction: Mercury-Castor-Pollux
Jupiter (in Libra), Mercury (in Gemini), Venus

Location: Grasslands National Park, East Block
Date: 2018-06-24
Time: 9:20 PM - 10:30 PM CDT
Equipment: Visual + Binoculars, 10x42 IS
Transparency: Good (3)
Seeing: Good (3)
A little hazy (especially on the horizon), no wind. Waxing Gibbous Moon (90.6%) on the rise. Some time was spent with binoculars identifying lunar features (Lunar Session - June 24, 2018) as part of the RASC Explore the Moon (Binocular) program.

Jupiter (in Libra)
Time: 9:47 PM CDT
Equipment: Visual + Binoculars 
S&T Chart Reference: 46, 57

Jupiter was within 10º - 15º from α1 Libra and α2 Libra (visually). With binoculars, one could see the Galilean moons - 2 on each side.


G: Ganymede
C: Callisto
I: Io
E: Europa

Conjunction (Mercury-Castor-Pollux) + Venus
Time: 10:04 PM CDT
Equipment: Visual 
S&T Chart Reference: 23, 25

The Moon was beginning to rise in the East and obliterating chances of seeing stars in the East and South. Looking westward, I located Mercury 5º above the horizon and within 10º of Castor & Pollux.

Venus was nearby and only 15º above the Grasslands horizon and at 10 o'clock from Mercury. Although a bit bleached out by the Moon, these were easily located and identified.


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