In Our Skies, July 2024

by Kevin Shank | Jul 1, 2024 | 0 comments

  • July 2 and 26 Pleiades will be very close to the Moon—less than .5°.
  • July 22 Mercury will be at its greatest elongation east of the sun, meaning it will be visible near the western horizon at sunset.
  • July 28, 29 is the Delta Aquariids meteor shower peak.
  • August 12, 13 is the Perseid meteor shower. ZHR 100-150.
  • August 19 is a blue moon. Many think the second full moon in one month is a blue moon. Officially, it is the third full moon of a season that has four full moons. Most seasons have only three.
  • August 21 Saturn will be less than .5° from the moon.
  • Comet C/2023 A3 might become visible without optics in September/October when near perihelion. Magnitude 0 is projected as a possibility.
  • Comet 13/Olbers is projected to be magnitude 6 in July, at its maximum brightness.
  • July and August are excellent for viewing a lot of deep sky features with friends and a good telescope. Many features are in the Milky Way, so when you can see it well in the southern sky, many targets are “in range.” Here are some suggestions to keep you busy till dawn.

Lagoon (M8)
North American
Eagle (M16)
Trifid (M20)
Dumbbell (M27)
NGC 6826, 6751, 6818, 6820, 6781

Star clusters
NGC 6231, 6791, 6819, 6910, 6913, 6883, 6834, 6885, 6823, 6830, 6802, 6940,
M4, M5, M6, M7, M10, M11, M12, M13, M22, M26, M71, M92,
Planetary Nebulas
Cat’s Eye
Blue Racquetball
Ring (M57)
NGC 6781, 6826

Double stars
Omicron Draconis
Nu CrB
Delta Serpentis
Mu Herculis
Epsilon Lyrae
Struve 525
Gamma Delphini
61 Cygni

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