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  Sky Calendar -- July 2012
1 Mercury at greatest elongation, 26° east of Sun (evening sky) at 2h UT. Mag. +0.4.
1 Venus 4.8° SE of Jupiter (32° and 36° from Sun, morning sky) at 8h UT. Mags. -4.4 and -2.0.
1 Moon near Antares (evening sky) at 14h UT.
1 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 18h UT (362,366 km; 33.0').
3 Mercury 1.6° SSW of Beehive cluster (M44) (26° from Sun, evening sky). Mag. +0.7.
Beehive Star Cluster (M44) (Wikipedia)
3 Full Moon at 18:51 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
5 Earth at Aphelion (farthest from Sun) at 4h UT. The Sun-Earth distance is 1.016675 a.u. or about 152.1 million km.
Earth at Aphelion (SpaceWeather.com)
Photographic Size Comparison (Anthony Ayiomamitis)
9 Venus 0.91° N of Aldebaran (38° from Sun, morning sky) at 14h UT. Mags. -4.5 and +0.8.
10 Venus brightest (morning sky) at 20h UT. Mag. -4.5.
11 Last Quarter Moon at 1:48 UT.
11 Venus, Jupiter, and Aldebaran within 5.9° circle (41° from Sun, morning sky) at 12h UT.
13 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 17h UT (distance 404,779 km; angular size 29.5').
14 Moon near the Pleiades (52° from Sun, morning sky) at 12h UT.
15 Moon near Jupiter (46° from Sun, morning sky) at 2h UT. Occultation visible across most of Europe, N. Africa, Middle East, Russia, North China, Japan & Korea.
Occultation of Jupiter (IOTA)
15 Moon near Venus (40° from Sun, morning sky) at 17h UT.
19 New Moon at 4:23 UT. Start of lunation 1108.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
21 Moon near Regulus (31° from Sun, evening sky) at 19h UT.
24 Moon near Mars (evening sky) at 21h UT. Mag. +1.0.
25 Moon near Spica (evening sky) at 18h UT.
26 First Quarter Moon at 8:56 UT.
28 Moon near Antares (evening sky) at 22h UT.
29 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 8h UT (367,315 km; 32.5').
30 Jupiter 4.7° N of Aldebaran (morning sky) at 6h UT. Mags. -2.1 and +0.8.
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Daylight Time = UT - 4 hours.

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