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This month, the stargazers are in for a treat as there is a long list of exciting events lined up for you. It will include meteor showers, Venus being seen after sunset and planetary conjunctions, July will be an astronomer̵
Look at the dates and times of all these astronomical events:
- Thursday, July 8: In a very short period before sunrise, the moon will be placed several finger widths to the left of the bright dot in Mercury. The Moon and Mercury will be close enough to see through binoculars, but stargazers must remember to turn their optics away before the sun rises.
- Friday 9. July: On this day, the moon officially reaches its new phase. It is the right day for astronomers to look at the moon, as it will not be observable anywhere on Earth for about a day.
- Sunday, July 11: On this day, the crescent moon will shine 6.5 degrees toward the celestial northwest of the two planets – Venus and Mars. Before setting the clock at 22.00, the stargazers can catch the trio when composed of some interesting scenery.
- Monday, July 12: In the evening, Venus and Mars meet in very close contact. As both planets move eastward in their orbits, it will look like Venus kissing Mars as it will catch up and pass each other.
- Friday 16. July: For a few hours in the sky, Lunar X becomes visible to stargazers. According to space.com, Lunar X is located on the terminator, where it is expected to evolve and then gradually fade with time.
- Saturday, July 17: On this day, the moon completes the first quarter of its orbit around the Earth. Usually in the first quarter, the moon rises around the middle of the day and sets around midnight, so it will be visible in the afternoon during the day. On the same day, Pluto will come into opposition in 2021. During this time, the earth will be located between Pluto and the sun. It will minimize our distance from the outside world.
- Sunday, July 18: An asteroid named Pallas stops its regular movement to the east and begins a retrograde loop that lasts until early November. For the stargazers, the asteroid and the stars appear together in the telescope.
- Tuesday, July 20: This is a special day as it will be the 52nd anniversary of man’s first steps in another world. On this day, six Apollo missions were occupied to different regions of the moon to perform experiments.
- Wednesday, July 21: This day, the bright planet Venus will shine over the prominent double star Regulus in Leo. Both can be seen in binoculars throughout the week.
- Friday 23. July: The moon reaches its full phase, commonly called Buck Moon, Thunder Moon or Hay Moon. It always shines in or near the stars of Sagittarius or Capricorn.
- Saturday, July 24: Skywatchers will be able to see a natural satellite shining very clearly below and between the bright Jupiter on the left and Saturn on the right. The trio will provide a wonderful wonderful photo opportunity for those interested.
- Sunday, July 25: This day, the moon’s motion moves eastward toward Jupiter. The pair will be visible in binoculars all night long.
- Thursday, July 29: This special day features the annual Southern Delta Aquariids meteor shower, which runs from July 21 to August 23.
On the same day, Mars follows in the footsteps of Venus. They will be visible after sunset, when Venus shines brightly. Observers in Central Europe, the Middle East and most of Asia will also be able to see small round black shadows crossing Jupiter at the same time on July 29th.
- Saturday, July 31: For the second time in July, the moon reaches its third quarter phase. This week of moonless nights will be the best time to observe deep sky targets.