The SUN is in the astrological sign of CANCER, THE CRAB. The ruling planet of this sign is THE MOON

The Sun enters the Sign of CANCER, on JUNE 21 at 09h 14 UT

SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2022.





'When, as a child, I laughed and wept, time crept.

When, as a youth, I dreamt and talked, time walked.

When I became a full grown man, time ran.

When, older still, I daily grew, time flew.

Soon I shall find, on travelling on, time gone.

O Christ! Wilt Thou have saved me then?


Some lines written on a clock in the Cathedral Church of Christ and The Blessed Virgin Mary, Chester, U.K. It is attached to the clock case in the north transept of the cathedral and was written by Henry Twells (1823 - 1900).




When as a child I laughed and wept,
Time crept.
When as a youth I waxed more bold,
Time strolled.
When I became a full grown man,
Time ran.
When older still I daily grew,
Time flew.
Soon I shall find, in passing on,
Time gone.
O Christ! wilt Thou have saved me then?



The clock of life is wound but once

And no man has the power

To tell just when the hands will stop

At late or early hour.

Now, is the only time you own,

Live, love, toil with a will.

Place no faith in "tomorrow" for

The clock may then be still.

The JUNE NIGHT SKY, 2022. Any planetary positions shown are correct for the end of the month. This chart shows the whole sky


 This is an educational site (I was, and still am, a teacher!), which is updated daily. I invite you to download any of the material you find here. Please feel free to download any of the content, which could be of use, or of interest to you. That is what this 'SKYNOTES' website is here for, after all! 


Welcome to jonvran.co.uk, John's simple astronomy site where you will find information about what is happening in the night sky from the point of view of Scarborough in the United kingdom, latitude 54 deg. 17 minutes north, longitude 00 deg. 25 minutes west,(situated on the east coast, midway between London and Edinburgh, and also mainland Britain); as well as what I hope are other interesting bits and pieces, of use to everyone.

Historically, these 'Skynotes' are a direct cyber-descendent, of the paper Sky notes I prepared, for many years, by hand, for members, at each meeting of the Scarborough Astronomical Society from the moment the Society began in February, 1976. In those days, I produced all the illustrations including the star charts by hand, but now, with the advent of excellent astronomy software programs, I am able to use much better graphics, for which I must thank the many programmers who have produced these wonderful software gems. In the credits section you will find a list of these amazing sources which allow me to continue to produce my 'Skynotes', for the benefit of all. It does not seem that they have been produced continuously for over 46 years, but as the Latin inscription reminds us: tempvs fvgit ! (time flies)!. There are many 'pages' in this different version of 'Skynotes'. These are listed in the MENU at the top of the page. My hope is that you find within them something of interest, and may I, here, express my gratitude to the many people who have already visited, this, my small contribution towards the popularisation of astronomy, which has been my lifelong aim and ambition.

I record here also a special 'Thank-you' for two very special teachers. First, Miss M Walker (later Mrs Martin). I was in her form at Normanton Secondary Modern school, before transferring to Normanton Grammar School at the age of 13. She gave me a small note nook in which to write about and draw events taking place in the night sky. This was to be the tiny 'seed' which would eventually grow into these 'Skynotes'. Secondly, I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the late Senior English Master, of Normanton Grammar School, Mr. T Hewson, who made me stand up in class during 'English' on Tuesday afternoons, and read aloud, to the class, several pages of Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift, despite the difficulties I had, at that time in reading words. Thanks to him, I can now read fluently; but more importantly, he taught me to have confidence, to be able to share my love of astronomy with all to whom I have been invited to speak; and ultimately to become a teacher myself.

My greatest thanks of all, I give to my parents: to my Dad for showing me the stars, and my Mum who put up with me looking through my open window with a telescope in the depths of many Winter nights (in pre-central heating days), and freezing everyone in the household, except me! 

 It is my hope that you will enjoy these pages, and return here often to take what you will from this site, as the months change, the result of Earth's journey around the sun.

May you too, always follow safe paths, and have clear and unclouded skies, in all the many aspects of your life!


Finally, I would like to say a huge 'Thank You!' to friends, collegues and some of my past students who provide me with excellent images which they have, very kindly, given me permission to use.

 The BLOG (About Me) bit is on a separate page. You can find it, if you are interested, via the MENU (MORE) above!

The MUSIC (playing on this page) is Clair de Lune (Moonlight), from Suite Bergamasque by the great French Composer:  Claude Debussy.

The LAST QUARTER MOON, June,2022. Image by: @FeelBetter2day . Thanks Linda

PLEASE NOTE : Because of the size of this FRONT PAGE, which resulted in the slow loading of the material on some machines; I have created another additional page. It is called 'FRONT PAGE continued' and can be reached using the MENU above.

You will find there, illustrations of Saturn and its fascinating moon ENCELADUS, thought to be a possible abode of life, as is Jupiter's satellite Europa (also to be seen on this additional page)

ASTEROIDAL OCCULTATIONS for THE CURRENT MONTH accessible via the Menu above (ASTEROIDAL EVENTS). Thanks For those Andrej !

REMOTE PLANETS. The paths of URANUS, NEPTUNE, and PLUTO, have been updated for 2022. 

POEM by Richard H Mann 'FRIENDS OF MINE' added to the ASTRONOMICAL POETRY page (see MENU above)



For information about suitable times to see the ISS, other satellites, and interesting objects, and to download the application if you wish, go to the following admirable site:



The TIMES shown here are UNIVERSAL TIME. (GMT).  (Please ADD 01h for LOCAL BST)

 Pass Details:  

Date Brightness Start Highest point End Pass type
(mag) Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az. Time Alt. Az.
02 Jul -1.8 02:01:40 11° S 02:03:41 17° SSE 02:05:57 10° ESE visible
03 Jul -1.5 01:14:32 12° SSE 01:15:11 12° SE 01:16:34 10° ESE visible
04 Jul -2.6 02:00:11 13° SSW 02:02:35 28° SSE 02:05:31 10° E visible
05 Jul -2.3 01:12:55 18° S 01:13:58 21° SSE 01:16:36 10° E visible
06 Jul -1.9 00:25:36 16° SE 00:25:36 16° SE 00:27:31 10° ESE visible
06 Jul -3.3 01:58:26 11° SW 02:01:32 41° SSE 02:04:43 10° E visible
07 Jul -3.0 01:11:02 20° SSW 01:12:49 34° SSE 01:15:54 10° E visible
08 Jul -2.7 00:23:32 25° S 00:24:08 27° SSE 00:27:01 10° E visible
08 Jul -3.6 01:57:12 10° WSW 02:00:28 52° S 02:03:46 10° E visible
08 Jul -2.2 23:35:54 20° SE 23:35:54 20° SE 23:38:01 10° E visible
09 Jul -3.5 01:08:43 12° WSW 01:11:42 47° SSE 01:14:57 10° E visible
09 Jul -3.5 02:44:55 10° W 02:48:11 50° S 02:51:28 10° ESE visible
09 Jul -1.6 22:48:02 13° ESE 22:48:02 13° ESE 22:48:48 10° ESE visible
10 Jul -3.3 00:20:50 18° SW 00:22:56 40° SSE 00:26:06 10° E visible
10 Jul -3.7 01:56:05 10° W 01:59:23 54° S 02:02:41 10° ESE visible
10 Jul -3.1 23:32:22 19° SSW 23:34:09 32° SSE 23:37:12 10° E visible



JUNE 25 at 02h UT... WANING CRESCENT (The above appearance is for SCARBOROUGH, UK at the time given). LAST QUARTER was on JUNE 21 at 03h 11 UT. NEW MOON is on JUNE 29 at 02h 52 UT



JUNE 25 : The SUN'S celestial position, as seen from Earth, at 12h UT.
Astronomical Constellation : GEMINI,
Astrological Sign: CANCER
On JUNE 21 at 09h 14 UT, the SOLSTICE occured, and the SUN entered the Astrological Sign of CANCER, the CRAB.

Today's SOLAR PHOTOSPHERE image in visible light, courtesy of NASA. Enhanced to show detail by J.H.
****An OUTAGE prevents toiday's update

Courtesy: LunarPhase Pro software



The times when ALGOL (Beta Persei), the famous eclipsing variable star reaches its MINIMUM brightness may be found in the monthly PHENOMENA summary for each month (towards the bottom of this page), together with other astronomical events of interest. The star ALGOL has a page dedicated to itself also, accessible via the MENU (MORE) above.



THE JULY FULL MOON : The moment of FULL MOON is JULY 13 at 18h 38 UT.

The angular diameter of the Planets compared, in JUNE 2022, (North is UP)
Source: 'Coelix' software

SCARBOROUGH, SOUTH BAY, Mid jUNE early morning, 2022. Image courtesy of Faith Young @FaithYoungWriter
Thanks Faith.

Imaged by Faith Young.
Thanks Faith.


LOCAL UK TIME (UT plus 1 hour = BST)

JUNE 25, 2022.

RISE: 04h 28  SET: 21h 40 


17h 11m 34s

(The DECREASE is by -00m 26s)



RISE: 02h 14        SET: 18h 25



NORTH SEA:   JUNE 25, 2022


LW:   20h 23 (FRI 24)

HW:  02h 29   

LW:   08h 38 

HW:  14h 35 

LW:   21h 11 


 The images of SCARBOROUGH preceeding and following these tables are by kind permission of people who live here, and who are justifiably proud of their seaside town on the Yorkshire Coast. 

Image courtesy of @FeelBetter2day . Thanks Linda

JUNE 2022 JUPITER and the GALILEAN SATELLITES. The Date is at the side. The horizontal line shows the positions of the satellites at 00h Universal Time. Interpolate to find the arrangement at other times in the day. Chart courtesy of CoelixApex Software.
Plese note: in this chart SOUTH is at the top , NORTH is at the bottom.

Source: 'Coelix' software

A PARTIAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN - OCTOBER 25, 2022. A partial eclipse is visible from the UK !The 'layers' in the 'Eclipse Zone' on the map show the percentage of Sun covered by the Moon. Each segment is a 10% increase, starting at the edge (0%).
Future solar and lunar eclipses for UK, may be found using the MENU/MORE above.

AURORAL CORONA October,1989 in TRIANGULUM. Notice the Pleiades nearby, and the costellations of PERSEUS (upper left), and ARIES (below the middle of the image). Stars of ANDROMEDA can be seen to the upper right (and if you look carefully, following the stars Mirach, Mu and Nu Andromedae upwards, you may see the nucleus of the Andromeda Galaxy, M31, just to the right of Nu. The Auroral Corona is the point where the Solar particles are coming directly down through the atmosphere towards the observer, producing a definite perspective effect.
Photo taken by Sheila Anderson. Thanks Sheila

Lunar Eclipse starting at Moonset in UK.
NOVEMBER 19, 2021, at 07h 44m UT Image by Maurice Bradwell, from Sandal Castle, WAKEFIELD, West Yorkshire, looking North West. Thanks Maurice, for this beautiful image of the partially eclipsed, setting Moon.

The Phenomena of the month : MAY, 2022
Times are given in UT for SCARBOROUGH (0° 25' 5" W, 54° 16' 30" N, zone 0 = UT).


Date Hour Description of the phenomenon
yyyy mm dd hh:mm


2022 06 01 02:41 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2022 06 01 07:51 Minimum of the variable star beta Lyrae
2022 06 02 01:14 Moon at apogee (geocentric dist. = 406192 km)
2022 06 02 04:09 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2022 06 03 23:30 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2022 06 04 18:59 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2022 06 05 06:53 Opposition of the asteroid 416 Vaticana with the Sun (dist. to the Sun = 2.184 AU; magn. = 10.1)
2022 06 06 19:27 Opposition of the asteroid 29 Amphitrite with the Sun (dist. to the Sun = 2.733 AU; magn. = 9.7)
2022 06 06 20:19 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2022 06 07 14:48 FIRST QUARTER OF THE MOON
2022 06 08 03:38 Opposition of the asteroid 41 Daphne with the Sun (dist. to the Sun = 2.077 AU; magn. = 10.1)
2022 06 09 08:23 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2022 06 09 17:08 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2022 06 10 00:54 Beginning of occultation of 51-theta Vir (magn. = 4.38)
2022 06 10 01:29 End of occultation of 51-theta Vir (magn. = 4.38)
2022 06 10 03:46 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2022 06 10 14:56 Maximum of the variable star zeta Gemini
2022 06 11 21:46 Comet C/2021 E3 ZTF at its perihelion (dist. to the Sun = 1.777 AU; magn. = 11.5)
2022 06 11 23:25 Close encounter between Venus and Uranus (topocentric dist. center to center = 1.5°)
2022 06 12 13:56 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2022 06 14 06:26 Minimum of the variable star beta Lyrae
2022 06 14 11:52 FULL MOON
2022 06 14 23:21 Moon at perigee (geocentric dist. = 357433 km)
2022 06 15 10:45 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2022 06 15 12:33 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2022 06 16 12:37 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2022 06 17 00:00 GREATEST WESTERN ELONGATION of Mercury (22.9°)
2022 06 18 07:34 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2022 06 20 18:33 Maximum of the variable star zeta Gemini
2022 06 20 21:20 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2022 06 21 03:11 LAST QUARTER OF THE MOON
2022 06 21 04:23 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2022 06 21 09:14 SUMMER SOLSTICE
2022 06 21 13:00 Mars at its perihelion (distance to the Sun = 1.38131 AU)
2022 06 23 05:46 Close encounter between Mercury and Aldebaran (topocentric dist. center to center = 2.9°)
2022 06 23 16:51 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2022 06 24 01:11 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2022 06 25 14:42 Opposition of the asteroid 387 Aquitania with the Sun (dist. to the Sun = 2.107 AU; magn. = 10.1)
2022 06 26 05:46 Close encounter between the Moon and Venus (topocentric dist. center to center = 1.9°)
2022 06 26 06:07 Maximum of the variable star delta Cephei
2022 06 26 22:00 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2022 06 27 04:59 Minimum of the variable star beta Lyrae
2022 06 27 10:59 Meteor shower : June Bootids (duration = 11.0 days)
2022 06 29 02:52 NEW MOON
2022 06 29 06:08 Moon at apogee (geocentric dist. = 406580 km)
2022 06 29 18:49 Minimum of the variable star Algol (beta Persei)
2022 06 30 21:04 Maximum of the variable star eta Aquilae
2022 06 30 22:09 Maximum of the variable star zeta Gemini


Source: 'Coelix' software









Selected LUNAR OCCULTATIONS at SCARBOROUGH, UK (see table below for details) JULY 10 at 21h 26 UT ----Reappearance of m(v) +4.55 omicron Scorpii.

The next SELECTED LUNAR OCCULTATIONS VISIBLE FROM SCARBOROUGH UK in JUlY, for stars and planets brighter than m(v) +6.1.
Lunar occultations occur when stars or planets are hidden by the Moon. The above table shows the times of appearance (D) and reappearance (R) of occulted bodies this month. (Times given are UT - Universal Time)

Source: 'Coelix' software