Earth farthest from the sun, Mercury closest to it, and the moon passes in front of two planets. Continue reading →
¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending July 5, 2014
Earth will be farthest from the sun on the 4th. Pluto is at opposition the same day.
At the start of July, a waxing crescent moon is just a little north of the equator heading south. In the early morning hours of the 5th, some viewers in South America will see the moon pass in front of Mars. Viewers in other places in South America will see the moon pass in front of Saturn on the morning of the 8th. In the time between, on the 6th, the moon will pass by the bright star Spica.
The moon will be its farthest south for the month on the 10th. Then it will be full on the 12th. Also on the 12th, Mercury will reach greatest elongation west of the sun. At 20.9° from the sun, it will not be at its easiest to see, but it won’t be at its hardest either. The messenger planet will be at perihelion on the 29th, still in the morning sky.