In The Sky This Month - July 2020

Updated: Jul 1

This month is going to be very special for stargazers because it will be full of celestial events. We will witness the Penumbral lunar eclipse this month. This will also be a good month to observe the planets and events like meteor showers.

In the previous month, we witnessed the Annular Solar Eclipse on June, 21.


Summer Solstice marked the beginning of the summer season in the Northern Hemisphere and winter season in the Southern Hemisphere. The beautiful asterism of the summer season, the 'Summer Triangle' is now visible in the evening sky. After dusk, Vega, Deneb, and Altair which form a triangle in the evening sky of the summer season can now be seen rising from the Northeastern horizon. Vega is the brightest star of the constellation Lyra, Deneb is the brightest star of the Cygnus and Altair is the brightest star of the constellation Aquila.

Vega is the brightest star in the summer sky and it shines with a magnitude of 0.03. The Milkyway also passes between Vega and Altair and through Deneb.

July - 5: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse


The celestial events this month will start with the Penumbral lunar eclipse which will happen on July 5th. The moon will pass through the earth's penumbral shadow between 8:30 AM and 11:23 AM IST. The Eclipse can be seen from any location where the moon is above the Horizon. From India, it will not be visible as the moon will be below the Horizon. Can you see the outer great circle, this is the Earth's penumbral shadow. In this region, the Earth blocks a part of Sunlight so the Moon will appear slightly less bright than usual when it passes through it.


Moon at Aphelion - On the same day the moon will be at aphelion and this happens when its Orbit around the earth will carry it to its farthest point away from the Sun.

The moon in its revolution around the earth will be pairing up with the planets Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Venus, and Mercury.



July - 6: Moon-Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction

On June 6, the Moon will be pairing up with Jupiter and Saturn. The trio will share the same right Ascension in the sky, creating an opportunity for all the stargazers to observe and capture this beautiful get-together. In Astronomical terms, we call this event a Conjunction. It happens when two celestial bodies appear close to each other in the sky as seen from the Earth. At the same time, they will also make their closest approach.



July - 8: Venus At Best Visibility

On July 8, Venus will be at its greatest brightness as seen from the Earth.



July - 12: Moon-Mars Conjunction

At the end of the second week, on July 12 we will witness the Conjunction of Moon and Mars. Moon is close to its last quarter phase, end at the same time it will share the same right ascension with the red planet.



July - 13: Jupiter & Saturn Together

On July 13, the moon will be at its last quarter phase.

This month will also offer you the planet Bonanza. The planet Jupiter and Saturn have started rising just after 9:30 p.m. in the night. As the month goes on, Saturn and Jupiter will start rising earlier every night. By the end of this month, you can observe both the plants just after the sunset.

Jupiter and Saturn are approaching opposition.



July - 14: Jupiter At Opposition | Best Visibility

On July 14, Jupiter will be at opposition. For star-gazers the, Opposition is the best time to observe a celestial body and its features because the Object appears at its highest position in the night sky at around midnight local time, and present in the sky for much of the night.

Another exciting opportunity is that all the four Galilean Moons of Jupiter will be visible during the opposition.



July - 17: Moon-Venus Conjunction

The conjunction of Moon and Venus will take place on July 17.



July - 21: Saturn At Opposition | Best Visibility

On July 21 Saturn will be at opposition providing us a tremendous opportunity to observe the ringed planet.

This will be the best time to observe Saturn as the moon's disk will be a very thin waxing crescent at that time, not contributing to any light pollution.



July - 23: Mercury And Mars In The Sky

On July 23 the planet Mercury will be at its greatest western elongation So it will be visible a few hours before the sunrise.

The red planet Mars will rise above the horizon at around midnight local time. And throughout this month there won't be any significant changes in the rising time of mars.


At the end of this month, the sky will be full of bright lights as in the last week of this month we can expect to witness three meteor showers.


We'll share the updates soon.

Until next time Clear Skies!!!

Get all the highlights in the night sky of 2020. A great compilation for astronomy enthusiasts to enjoy the upcoming breathtaking celestial shows. Major planet visibility, Conjunctions, Meteor Showers, Moon Phase, Special Events, etc. The night sky is ever-changing and it always has something to observe which should not be missed because you don’t know when it’s going to happen next. But it is also not easy to know all the important things which will happen in our night sky. And that is why we bring for you a new series of videos in which we will be telling you all the major events that will happen throughout the month. All you have to do is note them down and observe them at the right time. We are working hard for bringing this information to you, if you like our content please hit the thumbs up button, consider subscribing to our channel and press the bell icon so that you can get notified whenever we upload any new content.

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