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Some observing hilights
to look forward to...
The following tips on current and upcoming astronomical events
have been gathered from magazines and other sources by Dave Gamble
with the objective of giving OC RASC members a heads-up on
special personal astro-experiences to look forward to.
Sat. July 1 – To celebrate Canada Day, the First Quarter Moon will pass just to the north of brilliant Jupiter tonight.
Mon. July 3 - If this turns out to be a particularly hot day, a bit of consolation might be drawn from recollecting that Earth is at aphelion, the farthest point in its orbit from the Sun, so it could be worse.
Tues. July 4 – This week Venus complements the Pleiades in the early morning sky, passing within about four finger-widths from the familiar open cluster.
Thurs. July 6 – The waxing gibbous Moon will pass just north of Saturn tonight creating an attractive pairing.
Sun. July 9 – This is Full Moon night with our fully lit companion brightening a mid summer night in the Okanagan.
Tues. July 11 – Venus’ interaction with the Pleiades is complemented tonight with the addition of Aldebaran. Together the three objects will appear in a straight line.
Thurs. July 13 – The waning gibbous Moon will provide a fingerpost to the ice giant Neptune tonight. The small blue planetary disk will be less than two moon widths north of the Moon.
Fri. July 14 – There will be an early morning event to justify getting out of bed before sunup this morning. Brilliant Venus will be seen just north of Aldebaran in Taurus. The interest is piqued by recalling that Aldebaran is an orange giant star 65 light years from the Sun.
Sun. July 16 – This is Last Quarter Moon night. Our neatly divided neighbour will rise around midnight to brighten the early morning hours and will stick around to decorate the morning sky.
Sun. July 16 – Tonight the Moon will become a handy finder for the ice giant Uranus. Look for the blue green planet about the width of two fingers to the north of the Moon with binoculars or a telescope.
Wed. July 19 – Making its rounds, the waning crescent Moon will pay a visit to the vicinity of Aldebaran tonight.
Thurs. July 20 – Moving ever lower in the eastern sky, the fingernail pairing lunar crescent will make an attractive match up with bright Venus in the pre-dawn sky this morning.
Sun. July 23 – This is New Moon night with our neighbour safely tucked away in the Sun’s direction, leaving the dark sky hours available for the benefit of deep sky observers, sketchers and imagers.
Tues. July 25 – Entering the evening sky, the thin lunar crescent will make Mercury easy to find tonight. Look for the pair about two moon widths apart in the early evening sky.
Wed. July 26 – The bright star Regulus in Leo has its share of solar system conjunctions, and tonight it will be visited by fleet Mercury which will be about two moon widths to the south of the star.
Thurs. July 27 - The Southern Delta Aquarid meteor shower peaks in the early morning hours this morning. Though not being one of the more prominent showers, this one will not suffer too much from the waning crescent Moon. It would be worthwhile looking for 'shooting stars' radiating upward from the southern sky in the early morning hours not only on this morning, but for a few days before and after as well.
Fri. July 28 – The waxing crescent Moon will pass not far north of Jupiter in tonight’s sky.
Sun. July 30 – Tonight the innermost planet Mercury will be at its greatest eastern elongation from the Sun low in the western evening sky.
Sun. July 30 – This is First Quarter Moon night which will be brightened by the half lit sphere already posted high in the evening sky as darkness sets in.