¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending July 4, 2015
July starts with a very close conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. The two planets are just 0.3° apart below Leo in the west after sunset. For those at middle northern latitudes, the planets will maintain the same distance above the horizon from night to night while drifting apart. Venus will be moving to the left. The moon passes close to Venus on the 19th. That’s about the time Venus finally starts dropping below Jupiter’s level.
Saturn is nearly on the meridian at sunset when July starts. From most of the northern hemisphere, the ringed planet will be in the south. It’s just about overhead close to the equator. At about 17° south, it is overhead. And it’s a bit to the north from points further south. Saturn moves closer to the west each night. It isn’t moving much next to Libra. The moon is in the neighborhood on the 26th.
Aquila, Vulpecula, Delphinus, and Equuleus are among the constellations that are rising as darkness sets in.
Mercury is a morning object close to Aldebaran at the start of July. It’s getting hard to see in the sun’s glare by ...