The New Moon for July occurs on Sunday, July 11 which will make the weekend of July 10-11 the very best for dark sky observing.
Total Solar Eclipse
|On July 11th, there is a Total Eclipse of the Sun which will be visible across the South Pacific and can be partially visible to the south part of South America.|
This movie shows the July 11, 2010 Solar Eclipse as view from the Moon. Note the Moon’s shadow moving west to east across the South Pacific. Each frame is one minute.
The Aphelion is the point in Earthâ€™s elliptical orbit that it is furthest from the Sun.Â This is the opposite point to the Perihelion when the Earth is at its closest point to the Sun, which occurs in January.
Mercury emerges into the evening sky from the glare of the Sunset around July 8th.
Mercury begins July, hidden by the Sun, in the constellation Gemini (The Twins) and on July 8th, as it crosses into the constellation Cancer (The Crab), it emerges from the glare of the Sun. On July 19th, Mercury moves into the constellation Leo (The Lion).
|On July 27th, Mercury and the Star Regulus will be in conjunction and be a mere 0Â°25â€™ apart.|
from each other.
Jupiter can be found in the constellation Pisces (The Fish) from the very late evening to morning hours of July. Jupiter rises around 12:30 am (PDT) at the start of July and by the end rises around 10:30 pm (PDT).
Saturn is located in the constellation Virgo (The Maiden) until December 2012. Saturn is observable from the very late evening hours through the morning, rising around 12:20 am (PDT) at the start of July and by the end rising around 10:25 pm (PDT).
Uranus can be found in the vicinity of the planet Jupiter all month. Uranus is located in the constellation Pisces (The Fish) until May 2012. Uranus is observable from the very late evening hours though morning this month. At the start of July Uranus rises around 12:20 pm (PDT) and by the end of the month rises around 10:20 pm (PDT).
Moving in retrograde this month, Neptune is located in the constellation Aquarius (The Water Bearer) for the entire month of July. Neptune can be observed from the very late evening hours though morning. Uranus rises about 12:20 am (PDT) at the start of July, and by the end, rises around 10:20 pm (PDT).
|On July 27th, the waning, gibbous Moon passes within 3Â°35â€™ of Neptune.|
|On July 23rd, the waxing, gibbous Moon passes with 6Â° of Pluto.|