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  Sky Calendar -- July 2024
1 Moon near Mars at 17h UT (54° from Sun, morning sky). Mag. 1.0.
Mars (Wikipedia)
2 Moon near Uranus at 9h UT (45° from Sun, morning sky). Mag. 5.8.
Uranus (Wikipedia)
2 Moon near the Pleiades at 17h UT (41° from Sun, morning sky).
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
3 Moon near Jupiter at 7h UT (morning sky). Mag. −2.0.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
5 Earth at Aphelion (farthest from Sun) at 6h UT. The Sun- Earth distance is 1.016725 a.u. or about 152.1 million km.
Earth at Aphelion (SpaceWeather.com)
5 Dwarf planet 1 Ceres at opposition at 15h UT. Mag. 7.3.
Ceres (Wikipedia)
5 New Moon at 22:58 UT. Start of lunation 1256.
7 Mercury 0.11° NNE of Beehive Cluster (M44) at 5h UT (22° from Sun, evening sky). Mag. −0.2.
7 Moon, Mercury and Beehive cluster (M44) within circle 3.2° diameter at 19h UT (evening sky). Mag. −0.2.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
7 Moon near Mercury at 21h UT (23° from Sun, morning sky). Mag. -0.2.
Mercury (Wikipedia)
9 Moon near Regulus at 15h UT (evening sky).
9 Jupiter 4.8° N of Aldebaran at 23h UT (38° from Sun, morning sky). Mags. −2.0 and 0.9.
12 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 8h UT (distance 404,362km; angular size 29.6').
13 First Quarter Moon at 22:49 UT.
14 Moon near Spica at 4h UT (evening sky). Occultation visible from North and Central America.
Spica (Wikipedia)
Occultation of Spica (In-The-Sky)
15 Mars 0.53° SE of Uranus at 15h UT (57° from Sun, morning sky). Mags. 0.9 and 5.8.
17 Moon near Antares at 21h UT (evening sky). Occultation visible from Southern Africa and Madagascar.
Antares (Wikipedia)
Occultation of Antares (In-The-Sky)
21 Full Moon at 10:19 UT.
21 Mars 4.8° SE of the Pleiades at 12h UT (59° from Sun, morning sky). Mag. 0.9
22 Mercury at greatest elongation east at 7h UT (27° from Sun, evening sky). Mag. 0.5.
22 Pluto at opposition at 21h UT. Mag. 14.4. Requires at least a 10-inch telescope and a very dark sky to observe visually.
Pluto (Wikipedia)
24 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 5:44 UT (distance 364,917km; angular size 32.7').
24 Moon near Saturn at 21h UT (morning sky). Mag. 0.9. Occultation visible from SE Asia, India and Madagascar.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
Disappearance and Reappearance Times (IOTA)
Occultation of Saturn (In-The-Sky)
25 Mercury 2.1° SW of Regulus at 11h UT (27° from Sun, evening sky). Mag. 1.4
28 Last Quarter Moon at 2:53 UT.
29 Moon near the Pleiades at 23h UT (67° from Sun, morning sky).
30 Moon near Mars at 9h UT (morning sky). Mag. 0.9.
30 Moon near the Jupiter at 23h UT (morning sky). Mag. −2.1.
31 Southern Delta Aquarid meteor shower peaks. Active from July 12 to August 23. Produces medium speed, faint meteors (about 15 to 20 per hour). Best seen from southern latitudes.
Southern Delta Aquariids (Wikipedia)
AMS Meteor Shower Calendar 2024-2025 (IMO)
All times Universal Time (UT).
  • US Eastern Daylight Time = UT − 4 hours.
  • US Pacific Daylight Time = UT − 7 hours.
  • Australian Eastern Standard Time = UT + 10 hours
  • Singapore Standard Time = UT + 8 hours.

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