Amazing celestial events in July 2020


July 5: Full moon, known as the “Buck Moon,” named after young buck deers’ growing antlers.

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July 4-5: Penumbral lunar eclipse, which means that the Moon will be partially shadowed by Earth. This event can be seen across North and South America, in the eastern Pacific Ocean, the western Atlantic, and in western Africa.

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July 8: Venus is at its brightest for the year. Look for it in the morning sky.

July 11: Mars will rise with a waning gibbous Moon, and they’ll be in conjunction (meaning they share the same longitude in the sky) at 3:38 p.m. eastern time.

July 14: Jupiter will be at opposition, which means it’ll be fully illuminated by the Sun. A perfect time to view the gas giants and its moons with a telescope.

July 17: A waning crescent Moon will be in conjunction with Venus at 3:27 a.m. EDT.


July 20: Saturn will be at opposition, which means it’s a great time to view its moons and rings with a telescope.

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