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  Sky Calendar -- July 2020
1 Mercury at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 3h UT. Mercury passes into the morning sky.
2 Moon near Antares (evening sky) at 20h UT.
Antares (Wikipedia)
4 Earth at Aphelion (farthest from Sun) at 12h UT. The Sun- Earth distance is 1.016694 a.u. or about 152.1 million km.
Earth at Aphelion (SpaceWeather.com)
Photographic Size Comparison (Anthony Ayiomamitis)
5 Penumbral Lunar Eclipse from 3:07 to 5:52 UT, with mid-eclipse at 4:30 UT. Best seen at mid-eclipse. Visible from the Americas, SW Europe and Africa.
NASA Lunar Eclipse Page (NASA)
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse of 2020 July 05 (PDF) (NASA)
5 Full Moon at 4:44 UT.
5 Moon near Jupiter (midnight sky) at 23h UT. Mag. −2.7.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
6 Moon near Saturn (midnight sky) at 10h UT. Mag. 0.2.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
8 Venus at its brightest at 12h UT. Mag. −4.5.
11 Moon near Mars (morning sky) at 22h UT. Mag. −0.7.
Mars (Wikipedia)
12 Venus 0.95° N of Aldebaran (40° from Sun, morning sky) at 2h UT. Mags. −4.5 and 0.9.
12 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 19h UT (distance 404,199 km; angular size 29.6').
12 Last Quarter Moon at 23:30 UT.
14 Jupiter at opposition (opposite the Sun) at 8h UT. Best time to observe the largest planet in the solar system. Mag. −2.8.
Opposition (Wikipedia)
16 Moon near the Pleiades at 8h UT (morning sky).
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
17 Moon, Venus and Aldebaran within a circle of diam. 4.1° (morning sky) at 2h UT. Mags. −4.5 and 0.9.
Venus (Wikipedia)
Aldebaran (Wikipedia)
19 Moon near Mercury (morning sky) at 5h UT. Mag. 0.9.
Mercury (Wikipedia)
20 Moon near Castor (morning sky) at 6h UT.
20 Moon near Pollux (morning sky) at 10h UT.
20 New Moon at 17:32 UT. Start of lunation 1207.
20 Saturn at opposition (opposite the Sun) at 22h UT. The ringed planet is at its closest and brightest at mag. +0.1. Saturn's rings are spectacular even in a small telescope.
Opposition (Wikipedia)
22 Mercury at greatest elongation west (20° from Sun, morning sky) at 15h UT. Mag. 0.3.
23 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 0h UT.
Regulus (Wikipedia)
25 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 5:05 UT (distance 368,361 km; angular size 32.4').
26 Moon near Spica (evening sky) at 19h UT.
Spica (Wikipedia)
27 First Quarter Moon at 12:33 UT.
30 Moon near Antares (evening sky) at 3h UT.
All times Universal Time (UT).
  • US Eastern Daylight Time = UT − 4 hours.
  • US Pacific Daylight Time = UT − 7 hours.
  • Australian Eastern Standard Time = UT + 10 hours
  • Singapore Standard Time = UT + 8 hours.

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