Mercury, July 2015
Mercury is well placed in the eastern sky at dawn for the first half of the month for observers in the Southern Hemisphere.
Venus, July 2015
Venus shines high in the western sky after sunset, reaching its greatest brilliancy from the sun on July 9.
Mars, July 2015
Mars is too close to the sun to be visible.
Jupiter, July 2015
Jupiter is low in the western evening sky all month, close to Venus on the 1st and 31st of the month.
Saturn, July 2015
Saturn is well placed in Libra in the evening sky.
Uranus, July 2015
Uranus rises near midnight in Pisces.
Neptune, July 2015
Neptune rises in the late evening in the constellation Aquarius.
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Geoff Gaherty was Space.com's Night Sky columnist and in partnership with Starry Night software and a dedicated amateur astronomer who sought to share the wonders of the night sky with the world. Based in Canada, Geoff studied mathematics and physics at McGill University and earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Toronto, all while pursuing a passion for the night sky and serving as an astronomy communicator. He credited a partial solar eclipse observed in 1946 (at age 5) and his 1957 sighting of the Comet Arend-Roland as a teenager for sparking his interest in amateur astronomy. In 2008, Geoff won the Chant Medal from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, an award given to a Canadian amateur astronomer in recognition of their lifetime achievements. Sadly, Geoff passed away July 7, 2016 due to complications from a kidney transplant, but his legacy continues at Starry Night.