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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to July 2013

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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to July 2013

Here’s a quick look at what’s going on in the sky during the month of July, 2013:

July 5 — Earth at aphelion (its farthest point from the Sun), 11 a.m.

July 6 — Moon at apogee (its farthest point from the Earth), 8:58 p.m.

July 8 — New Moon, 3:14 a.m. The Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight.

July 15 — First Quarter Moon, 11:18 p.m. One half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.

July 21 — Moon at perigee (its closest point to the Earth), 4:08 p.m.

July 22 — Full Buck Moon, 2:16 p.m. 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 29 — Last Quarter Moon, 1:43 p.m. One half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.

July 30 — Delta Aquarids meteor shower. 2013 is predicted to be a very favorable year for this Southern Hemisphere shower.

July 30 — Alpha Capricornoids meteor shower. 2013 is predicted to be a very favorable year for this minor shower originating near Capricornus.

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1 jeanie floyd { 06.27.13 at 10:30 am }

just think who put the stars and galaxies out there, millions of galaxies! Only a God of supreme intelligence, and everything runs by physics, laws and accountability. It has been programmed to obey these laws no matter what, even if astronauts, or robots visits these galaxies, there is still no way of knowing what ever else exists out there, but I have had dreams of other life forms that exists out there but they are not human and they have no emotions, they too are scientists. Their galaxy is llimited to another space, but every so many solitice moons, they slip into a hole and end up in our galaxy and they never find their way home. Amazing isn’t it! Imagine other life forms, we can’t ever begin to wonder about their intelligence, and then again they may be wondering demons that were expelled from the heavens in which they can never return, only a God has the answers. The answers to some of these questions about the galaxy is in the bible. Try reading it.

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