Stars and planets on display in July

Star Gazing

Stars and planets on display in JulyBy ROGER BROWER, China Lake Astronomical Society

The China Lake Astronomical Society will meet Monday, July 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Maturango Museum. The next star party will be held Friday, July 13, at 8:30 p.m.


1. Jupiter can be seen in the south as soon as the sky gets dark and moves westward until it sets about midnight.

2. Venus remains in the evening sky this month. It will be visible in the west after sunset until it sets later.

3. Saturn, just past its June opposition, rises in the southeast earlier each day but will be visible most of the night as it psses through the southern sky.

4. Mercury is also visible in the evening sky. Look for it low in the west the first half of the month.

5. Mars rises in the southeast about two hours after sunset and reaches opposition the night of July 26-27, when it rises at sunset. Watch it move across the southern sky the rest of the night.

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Story First Published: 2018-06-29