The Brightest Planets of July: How To See And What To Expect

( 5 bright planets and the Moon shine in the dawn sky. Keep abreast of the latest astronomical news with the stargazing app Star Walk 2. )

The Queen of the Night meets the Queen Planet

The Moon and dazzling Venus will shine side by side in the eastern part of the sky on July 16, 17 and 18, 2020. The Moon and Venus are the second and the third brightest celestial objects, respectively, after the Sun and stargazers can see their glare with the unaided eye. Venus also might be seen after sunrise these days.

Jupiter, Mars and Saturn shine in the dawn sky

Other three planets that will shine brightly in the sky these days are Jupiter, Mars and Saturn. The second brightest planet orbiting around the Sun, Jupiter, glares on the sky’s dome from dusk till dawn low in the west. Having passed opposition on July 14, 2020, the gas giant is still extremely bright.

The Moon visits Mercury

The thin lunar crescent will meet Mercury, the innermost and smallest planet of the Solar System, in the constellation Gemini on Saturday, July 19, 2020, at 03:54 GMT (23:54 EDT on Friday). The Moon will be at magnitude -8.8, and Mercury at magnitude 0.7. As the shine of Mercury is much fainter than the glare of the Moon, you may need binoculars to spot the planet in the dawn light.

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