Welcome to this month's Sky Watch, courtesy of The Old Farmer's Almanac. We'll tell you the best times to view celestial highlights, including conjunctions, meteor showers, and planets.
Sky Watch July 2015
by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2015 Old Farmer's Almanac
(Note: Times listed below are ET.)
- The first few days of the month bring a spectacular conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. The pair stands 14 degrees high in the west, 1 hour after sunset, in Leo.
- On the 6th, Earth reaches aphelion, its annual point farthest from the Sun. The Sun is now 7 percent dimmer than in January, although its near-peak elevation in the Northern Hemisphere skies makes its rays more intense now than in winter.
- On the 25th, the Moon hovers to the right of Saturn, which has been retrograding into Libra since May.
- The 31st brings a “Blue Moon,” a popular term for a second full Moon in a calendar month, which happens every 2 ½ years, on average.
Sky Map July 2015
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