Welcome to the July 2017 Sky Watch, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac. Here are the month’s night sky highlights, including conjunctions, meteor showers, and planets.
Sky Watch July 2017
by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2017 Old Farmer’s Almanac
(Note: Times listed below are ET.)
What’s up in July? Here are the highlights:
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- Mercury may be glimpsed as an evening star all month, but it’s very low.
- Saturn, its outermost ring telescopically seen completely around the planet, is below the Moon on the 6th, superbly placed for viewing. See more about Saturn and the Moon.
- The dwarf planet Pluto is at opposition on the 10th. At magnitude 14.2, it’s over a thousand times fainter than the dimmest naked-eye stars.
- From the 9th to the13th, Venus hovers above orange Aldebaran in Taurus.
- The Moon forms a striking triangle with Venus and Aldebaran on the morning of the 20th and then stands closely above Jupiter on the 28th, a dramatic sight.
- Jupiter is now getting lower at nightfall, as it moves eastward in Virgo back toward Spica.
Sky Map July 2017
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