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  Sky Calendar -- July 2013
3 Venus 0.3° NNE of Beehive Cluster (M45) (25° from Sun, evening sky) at 22h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
4 Moon near Pleiades (42° from Sun, morning sky) at 8h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
5 Moon near Aldebaran (34° from Sun, morning sky) at 5h UT.
5 Earth at Aphelion (farthest from Sun) at 15h UT. The Sun-Earth distance is 1.016708 a.u. or about 152.1 million km.
Earth at Aphelion (SpaceWeather.com)
Photographic Size Comparison (Anthony Ayiomamitis)
6 Moon near Mars (19° from Sun, morning sky) at 12h UT. Mag. +1.5.
7 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 1h UT (distance 406,490 km; angular size 29.4').
8 New Moon at 7:15 UT. Start of lunation 1120.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
9 Mercury at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 19h UT. Mercury passes into the morning sky.
10 Moon near Beehive Cluster (20° from Sun, evening sky) at 1h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
10 Moon near Venus (27° from Sun, evening sky) at 19h UT. Mag. -3.9.
11 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 23h UT.
16 Moon very near Spica (89° from Sun, evening sky) at 2h UT. Occultation visible from west Central America, and northwest South America.
Occultation of Spica (IOTA)
Occultation of Spica (US Naval Observatory)
16 First Quarter Moon at 3:19 UT.
17 Moon near Saturn (evening sky) at 0h UT. Mag. +0.6.
19 Moon near Antares (evening sky) at 8h UT.
21 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 20h UT (358,401 km; 33.3'). Perigee occurs 22 hours before Full Moon; high tides expected.
22 Mars 0.79° N of Jupiter (24° from Sun, morning sky) at 7h UT. Mags. +1.6 and -1.9.
22 Venus 1.1° NNE of Regulus (30° from Sun, evening sky) at 13h UT. Mags. -3.9 and +1.3.
22 Full Moon at 18:15 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
29 Last Quarter Moon at 17:44 UT.
30 Mercury at greatest elongation, 20° west of Sun (morning sky) at 9h UT. Mag +0.3.
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Summer Time = UT - 4 hours.

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