Astronomy Almanac for June and July 1995

The major events in the sky during June and July of 1995.

| June/July 1995

June 1995

1 Jupiter at opposition (opposite the sun in the sky, thus rising in the east at sunset and visible all night long). Look for Jupiter as by far the brightest point of light in the sky at nightfall. This is also the date in 1995 when this planet is closest to Earth and appears largest in telescopes. Jupiter is the biggest planet in the solar system—huge enough to contain about 1,000 Earths. Medium-size amateur telescopes should still be able to show dark streaks where some of the pieces of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 hit Jupiter last July. 3

3 Thirty years ago this day, Gemini 4 astronaut Ed White became the first American to walk in space.

4 Whit Sunday, Pentecost.

5 World Environment Day; in 1859, a frost occurred from Iowa to New England, with two inches of snow in Ohio.


8 Jupiter closest to bright star Antares, which marks the heart of Scorpius the Scorpion (about half the width of your fist held out at arm's length still separates them); in 1966, a tornado killed 17 people and did $100 million of damage in Topeka, Kansas.

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