Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

Find out what’s up in the night sky:
Upcoming astoronomical events, interesting observations, packed with everything a stargazer needs to know.

Observations are described for the NORTHERN hemisphere and can be made by naked eye, small binoculars or by small telescope.

July 2019

Phases of the Moon

New Moon:July 02
First Quarter:July 09
Full Moon:July 16
Last Quarter:July 25

Total Solar Eclipse

On July 2, there will be a total solar eclipse visible mostly in the south Pacific Ocean. However, it will be visible from small parts of Chile and Argentina just before sunset. Some regions in the Pacific and in South America, including locations in Ecuador, Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay will see a partial solar eclipse. For exact local times, check the information on Internet.

Partial Lunar Eclipse

On July 16, there will be a partial lunar eclipse. The whole eclipse will be visible from Africa (except its most western parts) and Eastern Europe. Going eastward from India, the eclipse will be seen at moonset, while the South America will experience the eclipse at moonrise. The eclipse will be not visible from the U.S.A except its most south-eastern part. At its greatest phase, about 65 percent of the Moon's disk will be eclipsed by the Earth's shadow. Enjoy!

Saturn At Opposition

On July 9 evening, the planet Saturn will be at opposition, i.e., it will be positioned on the line Sun-Earth-Saturn, just opposite to Sun. This time is the best for observing the planet, because it rises when the Sun sets down and it reaches the highest [point on sky around local midnight.Saturn will have around +0.1 mag and will be much dimmer then Jupiter with -2.6 mag. Both giant planets will be nearby, visible by naked eye, but quite low on the sky - Jupiter in the constellation Scorpius and Saturn in Sagittarius.

Article by (C) G. Okša