Hello everyone! Tonight is as good a time as any to reconnect, because tonight (from the LA/Southern CA area) at 10:00 p.m. we can see an ISS pass with SpaceX's Crew Dragon Demo docked to ISS high overhead!  Since the two spacecraft are docked you will only see one object, of course. You can also see passes over the next several nights. Remember, you don't have to go anywhere to see the ISS, just step outside and look in the directions indicated. A compass phone app comes in handy, if you are unsure of directions. You cant miss the moon on all these nights, too. 

Mon Jun 1:  9:58 PM - 10:02 PM,  Max Height: 70°, Appears: 10° above NW at 9:58, Disappears: 71° above N 10:02 PM.  Look for the big dipper in the northern sky, the ISS will  pass from the dipper bowl to handle.

Tue June 2: 9:11 PM - 9:16 PM. Max Height: 39°, Appears: 10° above NNW at 9:11 PM, Disappears: 22° above E  9:16 PM

June 3 8:23 PM - 8:29 PM, Max height 24°, appears 10° above NNW at 8:23, Disappears: 10°above E 8:29 PM also 90 minutes later...

June 3 10:00 PM - 10:03 PM, Max height 28°, appears 10° above WNW at 10:00, Disappears: 28° above SW 10:03 PM

June 4 9:12 PM - 9:17 PM, Max height 56°, appears 10° above NW at 9:12, Disappears: 24°above SSE 9:17 PM

June 6 9:13 PM - 9:18 PM, Max height 16°, appears 10° above W at 9:13, Disappears: 10°above SSW 9:17 PM

I recommend you get your own personal email with overhead pass information for your own location, sent same day as the pass, by signing up here: https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/

The Heaven's Above  website is great for not only ISS passes, but many other visible satellite passes and has great sky maps: https://www.heavens-above.com/PassSummary.aspx?satid=25544

The JPL What's Up isn't out yet for June -- probably tomorrow.  Find it here https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/video/ and /or via your JPL video feed from Youtube. 

Most of our friendly astronomers have been taking their telescopes out to their bright back yards (or nearby). Mojo and I have been doing this too. Here are some images he's taken with a couple of our telescopes.  Enjoy Mojo's writeups (the blogs before and after this one are fun to read too) http://mojo.whiteoaks.com/2020/05/22/astrophotography-from-home/

Jane and the rest of your Old Town Sidewalk Astronomers all miss you and our nights out under the moonlit skies, or under the desert Milky Way!  See you all soon we hope!

Drop us a note if you have questions, or just to say hi!  Jane


Jane Houston Jones, retired JPLer
Twitter: @jhjones @otastro
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