Guest Editorial: Comet Johnson passes this month

By ROGER BROWER, China Lake Astronomical?Society

The China Lake Astronomical Society will hold its monthly meeting Monday, June 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Maturango Museum. The next Star Party will be held on June 23. Signs will be out at 8:30 p.m., with viewing at 9 p.m.

Celestial Calendar

1. Jupiter remains a great evening object. Look for it in the south as night begins and watch it move to the west until it sets.

2. Venus rises in the east about two hours before the sun in the morning sky this month where it will be visible in the east until the sun rises.

3. Saturn rises in the east at 9:30 p.m. on June 1 and reaches opposition on June 14, so will be visible almost all night most of the month.

4. Mercury is not visible this month.

5. Mars also moves into the sun’s glare this month and will also not be visible.

6. Comet Johnson ( C/2015 V2 ) passes from Bootes to Virgo this month. Check the Internet for a current location.

For more information contact the China Lake Astronomical Society at 760-446-0454 or 760-677-1143 or visit

Story First Published: 2017-05-26