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  Sky Calendar -- July 2006
1 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 20h UT (distance 404,448 km; angular size 29.6').
2 Venus near Aldebaran at 5h UT (morning sky). Mags -3.9 and +0.9.
2 Mercury 10° W of Saturn at 9h UT (evening sky). Mags. +1.7 and +0.4, respectively.
3 First Quarter Moon at 16:37 UT.
4 Moon very near Spica at 18h UT (evening sky). Occultation visible from southern Africa and Mauritius.
Occultation of Spica (IOTA)
5 Moon near Jupiter at 22h UT (evening sky). Mag. -2.3.
8 Moon very near Antares at 8h UT (evening sky). Occultation visible from eastern Australia, New Zealand and southern Pacific Ocean.
Occultation of Antares (IOTA)
11 Full Moon at 3:02 UT. The full Moon of July is called the "Thunder Moon" or "Hay Moon".
13 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 18h UT (364,289 km; 32.8').
14 Moon very near Uranus at 23h UT (morning sky). Mag. +5.8. Occultation visible from South Africa, South-East Asia, and western Australia.
17 Last Quarter Moon at 19:13 UT.
18 Mercury at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 7h UT. Mercury passes into the morning sky. Not visible.
20 Moon near the Pleiades at 8h UT (morning sky). Occultation visible from eastern USA locations.
Occultation of the Pleiades (IOTA)
22 Mars 0.64° from Regulus at 16h UT (evening sky). Mags +1.8 and +1.4, respectively. Mars remains within 1° of Regulus for several days.
23 Moon near Venus at 0h UT (morning sky). Mag. -3.8.
24 Moon near Pollux at 11h UT (evening sky).
25 New Moon at 4:31 UT. Beginning of lunation 1034.
26 Moon near Saturn at 3h UT (evening sky). Mag. +0.3.
27 Moon near Regulus at 12h UT (evening sky).
27 Moon very near Mars at 18h UT (evening sky). Mag. +1.8.
29 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 13h UT (distance 405,406 km; angular size 29.5').
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Daylight Time = UT - 4 hours.

Clear skies till next month!

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