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  Sky Calendar -- July 2015
1 Venus 0.34° SW of Jupiter (42° from Sun, evening sky) at 3h UT. Mags. -4.4 and -1.8. Spectacular! Look to the west after sunset.
Venus aligns with Jupiter (Skymaps)
2 Full Moon at 2:20 UT. The first of two Full Moons this month.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
5 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 19h UT (367,093 km; angular size 32.6').
6 Earth at Aphelion (farthest from Sun) at 20h UT. The Sun- Earth distance is 1.016682 a.u. or about 152.1 million km.
Earth at Aphelion (SpaceWeather.com)
Photographic Size Comparison (Anthony Ayiomamitis)
8 Last Quarter Moon at 20:24 UT.
9 Moon very near Uranus (86° from Sun, morning sky) at 3h UT. Mag. +5.9.
12 Moon near the Pleiades (morning sky) at 0h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
12 Venus at its brightest at 5h UT. Mag. -4.5.
12 Moon near Aldebaran (morning sky) at 18h UT.
14 Pluto Flyby: NASA's New Horizons probe will flyby Pluto and its five moons at 11:50 UT. Follow the encounter at http://pluto.jhuapl.edu
16 New Moon at 1:24 UT. Start of lunation 1145.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
16 Venus, Jupiter and Regulus within a circle of diameter 5.6° (34° from Sun, evening sky) at 11h UT. Mags. -4.5, -1.7, and +1.3.
18 Moon near Jupiter (evening sky) at 15h UT.
18 Moon, Venus and Jupiter within a circle of diameter 5.9° (31° from Sun, evening sky) at 16h UT. Mags. -4.5 & -1.7. Regulus is nearby.
19 Moon very near Venus (34° from Sun, evening sky) at 1h UT. Mag. -4.5. Spectacular! Visible worldwide. Occultation visible from the South Pacific Ocean.
19 Moon, Venus and Regulus within a circle of diameter 3.2° (34° from Sun, evening sky) at 1h UT.
21 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 11h UT (distance 404,836 km; angular size 29.5').
23 Moon near Spica (evening sky) at 14h UT.
24 First Quarter Moon at 4:04 UT.
26 Moon near Saturn (evening sky) at 7h UT. Mag. +0.4.
31 Full Moon at 10:43 UT. A second Full Moon in a calendar month is sometimes called a "Blue Moon".
Blue Moon (Wikipedia)
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Summer Time = UT - 4 hours.

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