July Astronomy

The waning Crescent Moon tours the morning skies late in the month, with some meteors.

The waning Crescent Moon tours the morning skies late in the month, with some meteors.

June 29, 2022| Categories: Fairbanks Museum, Mark Breen, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

The southern skies host the red star Antares marking the “heart” of the Scorpion, with claws stretching to the west, and its tail right along the horizon. To its left, crossing the “river of light” known as the Milky Way, is the “teapot” in Sagittarius. Climbing higher in the east, the Milky Way is surrounded by three bright stars forming the Summer Triangle, seen overhead by midnight. The Big Dipper sits high in the northwest, looking like its British name, “the Plough”. The morning parade of planets continues, though Saturn rises before midnight, and Jupiter does the same by the 20th. Mars brightens between Jupiter and Venus, which remains low in the east. Mercury is lost in the Sun’s glare.

  • First Quarter Moon on the 6th
  • Full “Buck” Moon on the 13th
  • Last Quarter Moon on the 20th
  • New Moon on the 28th

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