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By Jim White
For The Sentinel 

What's in the Sky

 

July is here, as we enter the last half of 2018 and the first full month of summer. This month is truly the month of bright planets. Bright Venus dominates the western sky after sunset, while Jupiter looms to the south. Saturn adorns the Milky Way in the constellation Sagittarius. And late in the Month, Mars makes its closest approach to Earth since 2003.

Mars will increase in brightness considerably during July. On July 1, it will be over 41,600,000 miles from us. But by the 31st, it will be about 35,700,000 miles distant. That means Mars will close in on us at a rate of about 7800 miles an hour! After the 31st, the red planet's closest approach, it will recede just about as fast. Dimmin...



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