below are notable astronomical events coming up for the month of
In July, Mercury is in the morning sky, reaching greatest elongation
about mid-month. Thereafter, Mercury sinks toward the light of dawn
until the end of the month, when it is only a few degrees from the
Sun. Mercury starts the month in Taurus, and ends in Cancer.
Venus is in the morning sky all month long in July, starting in
Taurus and ending in Gemini.
In July, Mars is moderately high in the SW in the early evening
in the constellation Virgo, about 6 degrees west of the Star Spica.
This month, Mars moves all month long through the constellation
Virgo, bypassing Spica about mid-month.
Jupiter sinks ever closer to the glare of the Sun for nearly the
entire month, coming to solar conjunction on the 24th. Thereafter,
Jupiter is a morning object, too deep in the Sun’s glare to
see for the rest of the month.
In July, Saturn is very nearly stationary in the constellation Libra
in the evening all month long.
In July, Uranus is in the morning sky in the constellation Pisces,
rising ever earlier throughout the month. Uranus rises at a little
after 11:20 p.m. by the end of the month.
Neptune is in the constellation Aquarius in the month of July, and
rises at a little after 9:40 p.m. at the end of the month.
Ceres is in the constellation
Virgo, although somewhat north of Mars in July, forming a triangle
with Mars and Spica for the whole month, although the shape and
corners of the triangle changes the whole time due to the motions
of Mars and Ceres during that time! However, optical aid will be
needed to spot the asteroid / dwarf planet.
In July, Pluto is in the
constellation Sagittarius, starting the month virtually at opposition,
meaning it’s rising at about sunset, and setting at about
Showers - http://amsmeteors.org/showers.html
Comets - http://cometography.com/current_comets.html
events - http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/highlights