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Venus meets Jupiter and Saturn rises in July

 

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RINGED PLANET: Saturn will be visible in the southern sky, appearing around July 15 at 10 p.m.

July, our first full month of summer. Nights are short, but warm and comfortable and there is plenty to see when the Sun sets!

One of the most interesting sights occurs at the start of the month, on July 1. Look low in the west after sunset, and you'll see a conjunction of Venus and Jupiter, with the two planets lying only about one-third of a degree apart. As the month goes on, you can see them drift farther apart, from our earthly vantage point. Both planets will set earlier as the month goes on as well.

Venus is moving closer to the Earth, and will be at its closest in mid-August. Through a telescope, you can see our neighbor as a thin crescent, like our Moon sometimes appears. By t...



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