Star Gazing: More opportunities for summer viewing

By ROGER BROWER, China Lake Astronomical Society

The China Lake Astronomical Society will meet Monday, July 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Maturango Museum. The next star party will be held July 23, with signs out at 8:30 p.m. and viewing at 9 p.m.

July Celestial Calendar

1. Jupiter remains a great evening object. Look for it low in the southwest as night begins and watch it move to the west until it sets.

2. Venus rises in the east about two and a half hours before the sun in the morning sky this month where it will be visible in the east until the sun rises.

3. Saturn appears in the east after sunset and remains a fine object through the night as it moves across the southern sky.

4. Mercury will appear low in the west after sunset this month.

5. Mars is behind the sun this month and so will not be visible.

6. Comet Johnson (C/2015 V2 ) passes from Virgo to Hydra this month. Check the Internet or Astronomy magazine for its location.

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Story First Published: 2017-06-30