Cuba: Astronomical Events Visible in 2017 Announced

Havana, May 10 (Prensa Latina) Various astronomical events may be visible from Cuba this year, said today the National Institute of Geophysics and Astronomy (IGA) in Havana.

‘The soonest will be the comet C/2015 ER61 (PanSTARRS) visible with its maximum brightness on May 15th’, said specialist Francisco Rodriguez during a workshop held with Cuban journalists registered by the Cuban Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment.

‘On May 22nd will be the close conjunction of the Moon and Venus in the morning twilight (before sunrise), while the same phenomenon, but in the afternoon, will occur on June 3rd between Jupiter and the Moon at 18:59 local time’, said Rodriguez, IGA academician.

‘Another close conjunction between planets could be seen on June 9th between Saturn and the Moon at 18:05 pm local time’, said Rodriguez, specialist at the Planetarium of Havana.

On June 15th, Saturn will revolve around the Earth at the minimum distance, while the comet C/2015 V2 Johnson will reach its maximum brightness.

The last event of the first half of this year visible in Cuba will be on June 27th when the Moon hides the main star of the constellation Leo, Regulus, during the evening twilight at 19:00 local time.

A conjunction between planets is when they are close in the sky and we can see them together.

The workshop with the media, which will conclude next Thursday, tackled today other important issues, as environmental pollution, the national environmental strategy and the Biodiversity Program.

The workshop will tackle tomorrow the management of the climatic change and the effects of the ionizing radiations, among other subjects.

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