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May
24
Tue
NLC Season start
May 24 – Jul 21 all-day

Between  Tuesday the 24th of May until approx Thursday the 24 of July

Noctilucent Cloud (NLC) could start to appear in the NW sky 90-120 minuets after sunset

or 90-120 minuets before sunrise in the NE sky

these dates may vary a little dependent on current solar activity

 NLC have a typical colour range of electric blue to silver

and are normally at an altitude of 250,000-280,000 feet

Jul
10
Sun
Antares & the Moon
Jul 10 @ 10:00 pm – Jul 11 @ 1:00 am

From approx 22.00 hrs Sunday the 10th of July to approx 01.00 hrs Monday the 11th of July

an 88% lit waxing gibbous Moon will be to the right of the star Antares

and the apparent distance between both bodies will decrease

until approx 00.00 hrs when the moon will be 2.2° from Antares

after which the apparent distance will start to increase

as both bodies start to set from approx 00.30 hrs

if you plan to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions

Jul
13
Wed
July’s Full Moon
Jul 13 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm

From approx 21.00 hrs on Wednesday the 13th of July

the full (Buck Moon) will rise above the SE-E Horizon

this Moon will also be at (perigee)

at the closest point in it’s orbit to the Earth

and should be completely above the horizon by 21.30 hrs

July’s full Moon is known as the Buck Moon

as it arrived when a male deer’s antlers were in full growth mode.

if you plan to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions

Jul
15
Fri
The Moon & Saturn
Jul 15 @ 11:00 pm – Jul 16 @ 12:00 am

From approx 23.00hrs on the night of Saturday the 15th of July

the Moon will rise along the E-SE horizon with the planet Saturn 4° above the rising Moon

this event should be visible from approx 23.00hrs as both bodies climb above the horizon

if you plan to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions

 

Jul
19
Tue
The Moon & Saturn
Jul 19 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am

In the early hours of Tuesday the 19th of July from approx 00.00 hrs to 03.00 hrs

 the planet Jupiter will be 2.4° above a 65% lit waning gibbous Moon

this event will rise above the E-SE horizon from approx 00.00 hrs

and will be best viewed from approx 01.00 hrs – 03.00 hrs

if you plan to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions

 

 

Jul
22
Fri
Mars & the Moon
Jul 22 @ 12:45 am – 2:45 am

In the early hours of Friday the 22nd of July the planet Mars

will be to the right & slightly above a 36% lit waning crescent  Moon

the apparent separation distance will be 4° this paring will rise above the NE-E horizon

from 00.40 hrs and continue to clime into the sky until approx 02.45hrs

as the approaching daylight will start to obscure both bodies

this event should be well placed by 01.40hrs

if you do plan to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions

Jul
23
Sat
M 45 & the Moon
Jul 23 @ 2:00 am – 3:00 am

In the early hours of Saturday the 23rd of July @ approx 02.00 hrs

along the E-NE horizon

a 26% lit waning crescent Moon will be 4.4° below M45 the Pleiades

if you plan to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions

Jul
26
Tue
The Moon & Venus
Jul 26 @ 4:00 am – 5:00 am

In the pre dawn sky of Tuesday the 26th of July from 04.00 hrs – 05.00 hrs

a 5% lit waning crescent Moon will be above the planet Venus

this event will only be visible for approx 1 hr as the approaching sunlight will obscure the view

if you plan to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions

Jul
27
Wed
The Moon & Venus
Jul 27 @ 4:00 am – 5:00 am

In the pre sunrise sky of Wednesday the 27th of July along the NE-E horizon

from approx 04.00hrs – 05.00hrs

the planet Venus will be to the right of a 2.3% illuminated waning crescent Moon

this event will be best viewed between 04.00-05.00hrs

as the encroaching sunlight will begin to obscure both the Moon & Venus

if you plan to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions

Jul
30
Sat
Mercury & the moon
Jul 30 @ 8:45 pm – 9:15 pm

Approx 30″ after sunset on the evening of Saturday the 30th of July

the planet Mercury will be below and to the right of a 4% illuminated waxing crescent Moon

dependent upon sky conditions this event may be difficult to see along the western horizon

and both bodies will have set below the horizon by approx 21.15hrs

if you do plan to observe / image this event remember to dress for the conditions