Mars: July 1 - Mag. -0.5 @ 75 million miles, rises at 1:25 am
Mars: July 31 - Mag. -1.07 @ 60 million miles, rises at 12:05 am
Moon near Mars on the 11th
Moon near Venus on the morning of the 17th
Moon near Jupiter and Saturn on the night of the 5th
Jupiter at opposition on the 14th
Saturn at opposition on the 20th
July 5 - Full Moon
July 12 - Last Quarter Moon
July 20 - New Moon
July 27 - First Quarter Moon
July 27 - Delta Aquarid Meteor shower (ZHR=20)
Jupiter and Saturn rise between 22:30 and 23:00 on the first of the month, and around sunset at the end of the month
Comet NEOWISE (C/2020 F3) is plunging towards the sun for a close encounter near the orbit of Mercury on July 3rd. SOHO coronagraphs are monitoring the approach, and it's looking good. The comet has brightened to 3rd magnitude, which would make it a naked-eye object when it emerges from the sun's glare in mid-July. SOHO will be monitoring the comet for the rest of the week, so stay tuned for updates. I will keep an eye on this one, and let people know if it works out. Mid July keep an eye in the Lynx/Ursa Major area.
New Mars rover to launch July 30th
The NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory has captured 10 years of solar activity and compressed it into a one hour video. No solar glasses required.
In June we asked, "What are the only two animal constellations with identical Latin and English names?"
Answer: C - Lynx and Phoenix - 88 Officially Recognized Constellations in Latin and English
July's Question: The Perseverance Mars rover will be launching to Mars in a few weeks, but thirteen years ago, on July 4th 1997, another rover landed on Mars. What was the name of that rover?
Jupiter and Saturn appear close together in our sky this month, but they're not as close as the will be on December 21st when they will only be 6 arc minutes apart.
Here's a website with advanced weather forecasting for North American astronomers.
Minnetrista has informed us that they won't be opening their conference rooms before October 2nd. For the July meeting on the 6th we're going to try having a virtual online meeting. We'll see how that goes.
Remember, there is no deadline for registering for the Stars Over Camp Cullom event, though those wishing to register on or after July 14 must call to determine if an event slot is still available (the phone number will be made available on their web page closer to the event). The event runs from July 14th to the 19th. Here's the link to the web page with the details: Stars Over Camp Cullom
Next year's Indiana Family Star Party is scheduled for July 6th thru the 11th 2021