Consider a planetarium program to help you plan your observations. There are many commercial products available; an excellent program (STELLARIUM) is available free at http://www.stellarium.org/.
Both Saturn and Jupiter continue to be in good positions early in the mornings this week for observations and photos.
Mercury and Mars hang out in the constellation Cancer.
Tuesday (July 2)
New Moon at 1:16 p.m. MDT.
Wednesday (July 3)
Look for the thin crescent Moon near Mercury (see above graphic). Binoculars may be required.
Mercury and Mars (in Cancer)
Midweek (see above graphic), look for Mercury, Mars and the crescent Moon just after sunset in the west-northwest. Binoculars may be required.
Venus (in Taurus/Gemini)
Binoculars will help you find Venus barely above the horizon about 15 minutes in the east-northeast before sunrise (watch out for the rising Sun!).
Jupiter (in Ophiuchus)
Jupiter is obvious in the southeast just after dark. The giant planet is in its best observing position in the south between 11:00 and midnight. (See above graphic.)
Saturn (in Sagittarius)
Saturn is low in the southeast just after dusk. Look for a yellowish “star” to the lower left (east) Jupiter. (See above graphic.) Saturn will be at opposition (on the same side and in-line with the Sun as Earth) on July 9th.
Uranus (in Aries/Pisces)
Uranus is low in the east just before dawn.
Neptune (in Aquarius)
Neptune is in the southeast before dawn.
SCAS UPCOMING EVENTS
The next SCAS general membership meeting will be held on Thursday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Brett Kelly B Room of the Rawlings Library. Dr. Bill Brown will make a presentation: “Everything you need to know about asteroids from our beginning to our possible end.”
FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION REGARDING SCAS ACTIVITIES, REFER TO THE SCAS FACEBOOK PAGE.
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