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July Sky

Observing Committee
Sat 1
Jupiter, Spica, and a waxing gibbous Moon are grouped together in the evening sky
Mon 3 Earth reaches aphelion 152,092,504 km (94,505,901 miles) from the Sun.
Thu 6 The planet Saturn lies about 3º south of the waxing gibbous Moon in the early evening sky.
Sun 9 Full (Buck) Moon at 12:07am EDT
Tue 11 Venus, the Pleiades and Hyades star clusters, and Aldebaran are aligned in the eastern sky before dawn.
Sun 16 Last Quarter Moon at 3:26pm EDT
Thu 20 Venus pairs up with a waning crescent Moon in the predawn morning sky
Sun 23 New Moon at 5:46am EDT
Mercury and Regulus form a tight pair and are joined by a thin waxing crescent Moon on these evenings. Use binoculars and look LOW in the WNW 30 minutes after sunset.
Thu 27 Mars in conjunction with the sun
Fri 28 The Southern Delta Aquarid meteor shower peaks in the early morning sky. Maximum activity produces ~ 15-20 meteors/hour
Jupiter pairs up with a wide waxing crescent Moon in the early evening sky
Sun 30 Mercury at Greatest Eastern (Evening) Elongation
First Quarter Moon at 11:23am EDT

Mercury is visible very low in the W to WSW sky after sunset this month even around Greatest Eastern (Evening) Elongation on the 30th. Use binoculars.

Venus rises in the east a couple of hours before the Sun this month and is about 20º above the horizon at sunup.

Mars is not visible this month (conjunction on the 27th)

Jupiter, in Virgo, appears low in the SW to WSW sky after sunset this month

Saturn appears low in the SW to S sky in the constellation Ophiuchus. The rings are greatly tilted this month.