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Some observing hilights
to look forward to...

The following tips on current and upcoming astronomical events
have been gathered from magazines and other sources by Dave Gamble
with the objective of giving OC RASC members a heads-up on
special personal
astro-experiences to look forward to.

Tues. July 2 - This is New Moon night with our companion out of the way, tucked close to the Sun after the South Pacific Total Solar Eclipse earlier in the day. Given clear skies this will be the heart of the current dark sky observing period.

Wed. July 3 - Losing no time, the very thin fingernail pairing Moon will move close to both Mars and Mercury very low over the western horizon after sunset tonight. Mars will be to the crescent's upper left and Mercury more directly left.

Thurs. July 4 - If this turns out to be a particularly hot day, a bit of consolation might be drawn from the thought that Earth is at aphelion, the farthest point in its orbit from the Sun, so it could be worse.

Sun. July 7 - Mercury will pass less than the width of three fingers from Mars this evening. The close pair will be low over the western horizon after sunset.

Tues. July 9  - Tonight Saturn reaches opposition from the Sun, rising as the Sun sets to position itself due south around midnight in the upper left of Sagittarius, giving us a ringside seat to enjoy its rings and moons.

Tues. July 9 - This is First Quarter Moon night with the neatly divided sphere presiding over evening scenes highlighting the heart of summer in the Okanagan.

Sat. July 13 - The now waxing gibbous Moon will be situated just to the left of brilliant Jupiter in tonight's sky.

Mon. July 15 - Luna, now just a day away from full, will cozy up very close to Saturn low in the night sky after midnight.

Tues. July 16 - This is Full Moon night. Enjoy our companion as it crests the eastern mountains to beam down on the Okanagan in the full flush of summer.

Sat. July 20 - Sky & Telescope magazine reminds us, as the waning gibbous Moon rises over the eastern mountains tonight, to contemplate that it was at this time 50 years ago when a human being first stepped onto the surface of our neighbour.

Sun. July 21 - The waning gibbous Moon will provide a fingerpost to Neptune tonight. Look about the width of three fingers north of our neighbour to observe the faint disk of this outer planet.

Wed. July 24 - This is Last Quarter Moon night. The half sphere waits until around midnight to rise in the east and supervise the early morning hours, hanging around high in the sky the following morning.

Thurs. July 25 - Tonight the still robust crescent Moon will act as a guide to observing Uranus. Look about the width of three fingers to the north of luna to locate the pale green disk of this ice giant.

Mon. July 29 - The Southern Delta Aquarid meteor shower peaks in the early morning hours this morning. Not being one of the more prominent showers, this one will benefit from the Moon being only one day before new and completely out of the way. Look for 'shooting stars' radiating upward from the southern sky in the early morning hours not only on this morning, but for a few days before and after as well.

Wed. July 31 - This is New Moon night, the second one this month. If it was a full moon it would be called 'blue'. In this case it is comfortably black and unable to interfere with deep sky observing, sketching and imaging.