Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game shall be performed in Washington on July 17, and the cosmos presents a formidable planetary lineup to have a good time.
Rocking a crimson uniform, Mars rises now in the southeastern heavens round 10:30 p.m., crosses south close to three:15 a.m. and units the following morning after dawn.
But by the finish of the month, the planet will ascend the southeastern sky round eight:45 p.m. and cross south round 1:20 a.m.
Mars reaches opposition — when Earth is immediately between Mars and the solar, suppose “full” Mars — on July 27 at about 5 a.m., in keeping with the U.S. Naval Observatory.
The Red Planet reaches its closest method to Earth on July 31. It’s been 15 years because it has been this shut, and the planet will get very shut once more in 2035, in keeping with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.
As July begins, our neighboring Red Planet shall be a -2.2 magnitude (very vibrant) object, however it’ll dazzle skygazers at -2.5 magnitude by mid-month. By July’s waning days, catch Mars at an excellent -2.eight magnitude.
The July 27 full moon hangs out with the Red Planet. The waxing gibbous moon approaches Mars on July 26 however seems to loiter close to the planet the subsequent day.
As we swelter in the summer time warmth, Earth reaches aphelion (level furthest from the solar) July 6 on its annual orbital journey round the solar. We shall be a mere 94.5 million miles from the solar.
Venus steals your consideration in the night heavens. Find the spellbinding planet in the western sky after sundown at -Four.1 magnitude (fairly vibrant). The younger sliver of a moon slides by Mercury, low on the western horizon, on July 14, after which dances with Venus the following evening.
Jupiter rises round Four p.m. now and rises two hours earlier by month’s finish — and the giant gaseous planet shall be positioned completely for yard skygazing. It’s vibrant at -2.three magnitude in the southeastern night sky.
Find Saturn in the southeast after darkish, simply above the constellation Sagittarius’s teapot form. It’s a zero magnitude (vibrant) object, much less vibrant than Jupiter. The ringed planet now rises close to eight p.m. and units round 5:30 a.m., however at month’s finish it ascends the southeastern heavens shut to six p.m. and units close to three:30 a.m.
On July 13, a duly famous partial photo voltaic eclipse will happen between Australia and Antarctica. Observers in Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia will be capable to see the whole lunar eclipse July 27. For these of us not capable of immediately witness the deep copper lunar eclipse — the place we see the moon cross by Earth’s shadow throughout the afternoon hours in the Eastern time zone — catch the eclipse at goo.gl/C8bQxp.
● July 2 — “Stars Tonight” is chock-full of planets at the David M. Brown Planetarium, 1426 N. Quincy St., Arlington, adjoining to Washington-Lee High School. 7:30 p.m. $three. friendsoftheplanetarium.org.
● July 5 — “Pulsar Timing Arrays: Using the Galaxy to detect Gravitational Waves,” a chat by astrophysicist Elizabeth Ferrara at the University of Maryland’s observatory, College Park. Enjoy night-sky delights by telescopes afterward. 9 p.m. www.astro.umd.edu/openhouse.
● July eight — “Galaxy Evolution Through Cosmic Time — The Importance of Bars,” a chat by NASA program scientist Kartik Sheth, at the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club assembly, 163 Research Hall, George Mason University. 7 p.m. novac.com.
● July 14 — “STEAM Family Day: The Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics of Aviation and Space,” at the Smithsonian’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly. Look safely at the solar by a particular telescope and learn the way robots might journey to different planets. Parking $15. 10 a.m. to three p.m. airandspace.si.edu.
● July 14 — Fill your eyes with planets and stars at “Exploring the Sky,” hosted by the National Park Service and the National Capital Astronomers, at Rock Creek Park close to the Nature Center, in the subject south of Military and Glover roads NW. 9 p.m. capitalastronomers.org.
● July 20 — Mars Day 2018. Relish enjoyable actions studying about the Red Planet and speaking to scientists who conduct Mars analysis. National Air and Space Museum. 10 a.m. to three p.m. airandspace.si.edu.
● July 20 — “Balloon Astronomy,” a chat by doctoral candidate Arnab Dhabal, at the University of Maryland’s observatory, College Park. Scan the heavens by telescopes afterward. 9 p.m. astro.umd.edu/openhouse.
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