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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to July 2014

Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to July 2014

Summer is a great time to star gaze. Here are a few astronomical events happening this month.

July 3 — Earth at aphelion 8:00 p.m. EDT (farthest from the Sun)

July 5— First Quarter Moon, 7:29 p.m. EDT.  One half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.

July 12 — Full Buck Moon 7:25 a.m. EDT. The visible Moon is fully illuminated by direct sunlight. Though the Moon is only technically in this phase for a few seconds, it is considered “full” for the entire day of the event, and appears full for three days.

July 13 — Moon at perigee 4:00 a.m. EDT  (its closet point to the Earth)

July 18  -Last Quarter Moon 10:08 p.m. EDT. One half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.

July 26 — New Moon 6:42 p.m. EDT. The Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight.

July 27 — Moon at apogee 11:00 p.m. EDT (farthest from the Earth for the year).

July 28-29— Delta Aquarids meteor shower.

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