Sky watchers will have an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the full “thunder moon” on Sunday, July 9.
Skywatchers in the southern U.S. will have a better view of the full moon as it rises even higher in the sky. For example, in Miami, the moon’s maximum altitude is 48 degrees above the horizon. The moon will rise at 7:31 p.m. on July 8, reach full phase at 12:07 a.m. July 9, and set at 5:57 a.m. local time.
Those in Sydney, Australia, will miss the full moon’s peak, with the moon rising about 3 hours after it reaches full phase at 2:07 p.m. local time on July 9. It will set again at 7:03 a.m. on July 10 after reaching a maximum altitude of about 74 degrees.
If you happen to miss the moon at its fullest, don’t worry – it’ll appear pretty much full on July 8 and July 10 as well.
Giant planets rule the evening skies in July.
The solar system’s largest planet, Jupiter, dominates the southwestern sky. Use a telescope to spy its cloud bands or perhaps even the Great Red Spot.
The next-largest planet, Saturn, presides over the southern sky.
Its splendid rings are an awe-inspiring sight.
Low in the east, Venus shines like a beacon in the pre-dawn sky. Try to identify its phase with the aid of a telescope.
The night sky is always a celestial showcase. Explore its
wonders from your own backyard.
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