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Junitta’s Astronomy Notes for June 2016


 From June 1st to 4th, look NE one hour before sunrise to see Mercury. Below and to its right you will be able to see part of Taurus. Taurus is one of our Summer Constellations in the Southern Hemisphere but only part of it can be seen now. Full Moon in May was on the 22nd so we now have a waning Moon. On June 3rd you will be able to see it just above Mercury. New Moon will be on June 5th.

From June 10th to 15th will be a good opportunity to see the Constellation Leo. By 8pm, Jupiter will be just above Leo in the NW so look just below and to the right of Jupiter to see a triangle. Take a line left down towards the Moon, you will see big star, this is Regulus the brightest star in Leo– it will be not far from the Moon.

On June 17th, Mars will be close to the Moon, it will be the furtherist point in the now ‘stretched’ isosoles triangle composed of Mars, Antares and Saturn that we have been watching in May. Scorpio is now below and to the right of Mars.

Full Moon is on the 20th and the Solstice is on the 21st so the Sun will be travelling along the horizon towards Summer ie South again but many cold days ahead!!

No eclipses are forecast but there will be some on Jupiter, bound to be of course, it has 67 Moons and the main Moons involved are Io, Europa, Ganymede and  Callisto, see if you can spot them, west is to the left and east is to the right. Another Moon to check out is Titan, one of Saturn’s more than 18 Moons. You will need a telescope for this but just seeing Saturn’s Rings will be awesome!!


SPACE JUNK  Millions of pieces of debris from destroyed satellites, rockets etc etc are now proving so dangerous that Space Walks have been suspended. A piece of debris recently penetrated one of the windows of the ISS.

Australia is providing the technology for the clean-up but going by past efforts to clean up the mess we have made on Earth, I wouldn’t hold my breath!!


Times given are EST Australia.

Happy Viewing.

New Zealand Maori Adventures

NZ Waterfall

NZ Waterfall

I took off to NZ with Grandmother Kiri and Grandmother Jenny.

Our trip to NZ was varied and amazing.

A beautiful country and special people.

We were privileged to stay with relatives of Grandmother Kiri and gifted the use of a car.

Grandmother Jenny and I experienced some vey special earth work, helping to create a vortex in the mountains. We had the usual wind and rain when doing this and with the threat of snow looming, we headed back to warmer places.

I picked up some nice pieces of Nephrite Jade or NZ greenstone.

(Message if you would like some).

We only saw the North Island, next trip, the south.

Mini Mindfulness Moments

Mini mindfulness moments

I’ve been volunteering recently at the St Helens Child and Family Centre because I remember so vividly the days when my kids were little and I felt pulled in so many ways to do 100 things at once. And I was hoping I could help the parents find some peace, quiet and calm in their life.

It’s fantastic that mothers are rated of the best multi-taskers on the planet, and I was one of the best multi-taskers ever. The downside was as I continued to give and give, was that I often put myself down on the very bottom of the list. As in “when I’ve finished feeding the kids and doing laundry, THEN I’ll stop and take care of myself.” Or When I’ve finished driving the kids around to play days and soccer practice THEN I’ll have minute to myself.” or “When the kids take a nap, THEN I can sit down and take a break.”

Truthfully, I did plan time for myself, but I rarely took it. And I never believed people when they advised me to plan in my own “Me-time”. I thought there’s so much that needs done, I should just keep doing more.

Boy was I wrong! And that is the main reason I wanted to volunteer at the Family Centre. I wanted to help parents of young children learn how to take a moment out of their day to practice meditation and mindfulness. To learn now how to deal with the stress of being a parent, to learn now how to honour ourselves as we honour our families.

To learn how to create this practice as a daily habit, I’ve decided to call it Mini Mindfulness Moments (MMM) as we try to do each meditation in  only 3 minutes.

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So the question is: can you take 3 min right now to listen and create your own Mini Mindfulness Moment?

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If not now when?

If you can’t imagine a time, you need more help than you realize!

I would love to hear what happens when you create more and more Mini Mindfulness Moments in your week, in your day, in your life.

I know it’s transformed how I view the world.

I would love to hear how it’s changed you.

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