July 2016 Star Calendar

Star calendar 1–31 July 2016

1 Jul      Low in the east at dawn, Aldebaran is 1 fist-width to the moon’s lower left. The Pleiades Cluster is about the same distance to the upper right. The moon is at perigee, 57.38 Earth-radii (366,000 kilometers) away.

2 Jul      The moon is to Aldebaran’s lower left.

4 Jul      Earth is at aphelion, its farthest distance from the sun for the year at 1.01675 AU (94.5 million miles or 151 million kilometers).

7 Jul      Low in the west at dusk, the moon is 1 finger-width to Regulus’ lower left.

8 Jul     Jupiter is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s upper left tonight.

10 Jul     The moon lies between Jupiter, 2 fist-widths to the lower right, and Spica, 1½ fist-widths to the upper left.

11 Jul     Spica is less than 3 finger-widths to the first-quarter moon’s lower left this evening.

13 Jul     The moon is at apogee, 63.39 Earth-radii (404,000 kilometers) away.

14 Jul     Mars is 3 finger-widths to the moon’s lower right this evening. Saturn is nearly 1½ fist-widths to the lower left.

15 Jul     Saturn is 1 finger-width below the moon this evening. Antares is 3 finger-widths below Saturn.

16 Jul     Low in the southeast at dusk, Saturn and Mars line up to the moon’s right.

17 Jul     Tonight the moon is above the dome of the Teapot constellation, Sagittarius.

19 Jul     Low in the southeast at midnight, the bright star 2½ fist-widths to the full moon’s upper left is Altair in the Summer Triangle.

22 Jul    Just before dawn, the Summer Triangle stars, Altair, Deneb and Vega, are to the moon’s right.

23 Jul     The bright star 2 fist-widths below the moon this morning is Fomalhaut.

25 Jul     The Equation of Time reaches a shallow minimum of -6.54 minutes.

27 Jul     The moon is at perigee, 57.96 Earth-radii (370,000 kilometers) away.

28 Jul     High in the east before dawn, the Pleiades Cluster is less than 1 fist-width to the moon’s upper right.

29 Jul     This morning, the moon passes near Aldebaran and actually occults it in parts of the United States.

30 Jul     Look east before twilight to see Orion to the moon’s lower right and Gemini to the lower left.

31 Jul     The moon is between Orion and Gemini before morning twilight.

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