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What's in the Sky - July 2016

 


July brings a special astronomical event on the 4th, our Nation’s birthday. On that day, NASA’s Juno spacecraft will arrive at the planet Jupiter, entering into an orbit around the Jovian giant. Juno was launched in August, 2011, almost 5 years ago. Juno will spend the next year gathering data about Jupiter; and should help us better understand the origins of the solar system. And, we should have some stunning images from Juno’s exploration.

While you cannot see Juno, you still can see Jupiter in our evening sky, low in the west after sunset. We are not as close to Jupiter as we were in March, but the planet is still large enough to see well in a telescope. July will be Jupite...



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