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Thursday, June 28, 2018

 

The Night Sky in July 2018


By
Martin Griffiths BSc (Hons) MSc FRAS FHEA
Astronomer, Science Presenter
Dark Sky Wales
Director, Brecon Beacons Observatory



Now that the lighter nights have peaked, July brings a little more darkness toward month’s end. The Milky Way and the summer constellations are a glorious sight in the warm summer night, though seeing can affect your enjoyment of the night sky wonders

Moon in July:
New: 13th July
First quarter: 19th July
Full: 27th July
Last Quarter: 6th July
Total Lunar Eclipse 27th July

Planets in June:
Mercury: is at greatest eastern elongation on the 12th of July and can be seen as an evening object low on the western horizon. It joins the crescent moon on the 15th July

Venus: is a bright object in the western sky after sunset in the constellation of Cancer and is the most glorious planet of all this month shining at magnitude -4 and setting around 21:00 by the middle of the month.

Mars: has moved to Capricorn and rises after 21:00, shining brightly at magnitude -1.8 and is easily visible most of the night. Its features may seem smeared by the current dust storms ravaging the surface. It is at opposition on the 27th.

Jupiter: has past opposition and is visible after sunset all month shining at magnitude
-2.4. The detail in the bands and belts is exquisite, but the planet is low in the sky. It sets around 3:00am

Saturn: is just past opposition and is visible as a pale yellow magnitude 0.1 orb low in the sky from the UK but still showing the beautiful rings for which it is famous.

Uranus: is visible in July after its conjunction with the Sun, rising in the early hours.

Neptune: rises just before midnight 8 and can be found in Aquarius, rising just before midnight.

Meteor showers in July.
The Perseid meteor shower becomes active after the 13th July and moves to its peak in the middle of August. The meteor numbers steadily increase throughout the later half of July before their famous large ZHR on the 12th August.

The delta Aquariids are also at a maximum this month, but the full Moon blots out the fainter meteors and the shower is not at its best this year. The maximum falls on the 27th July. The ZHR is around 10 meteors per hour so watch out for some bright stragglers during the Lunar eclipse.


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M57 the Ring Nebula



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