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Images: Best Stargazing Events of July 2013 (Sky Maps)

Neptune, July 2013

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Neptune is in Aquarius all month, rising in late evening and visible the rest of the night.

Uranus, July 2013

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Uranus is in Pisces, in the morning sky all month in July 2013.

Mercury, July 2013

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Mercury is between Earth and the Sun for most of the month, reappearing in the dawn sky around July 20. It is at greatest elongation westward from the Sun on July 30.

Full Moon, July 2013

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Monday, July 22, 2:16 p.m. EDT. The Full Moon of July is usually called the Hay Moon or Buck Moon.

Regulus and Venus, July 2013

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Sunday and Monday, July 21 and 22, dusk. Venus will pass just north of the bright star Regulus in Leo.

Mars and Jupiter, July 2013

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Monday, July 22, dawn. The two planets Mars and Jupiter will be in a close conjunction less than a degree apart at the feet of the Gemini twins.

Last Quarter Moon, July 2013

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Monday, July 29, 1:43 p.m. EDT. The Full Moon of July is usually called the Hay Moon or Buck Moon. In Cree it is called Opaskwuwipizun, meaning “Moon when ducks begin to molt.” The Full Moon rises around sunset and sets around sunrise, the only night in the month when the Moon is in the sky all night long. The rest of the month, the Moon spends at least some time in the daytime sky.

Mercury at Greatest Elongation West

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Tuesday, July 30, dawn. Mercury joins Mars and Jupiter in the dawn sky, best viewed in binoculars about half an hour before local sunrise.

Mars, August 2013

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Mars is now a bright object in the morning sky. For the first three weeks of August, Mars is in Gemini, then on August 25 it moves into Cancer.

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