The July Night Sky
Shown here: On the evening of Tuesday, July 3, Mercury's orbital motion will carry it through the southern edge of the Beehive Cluster (also known as Messier 44) in Cancer. Look for the pairing a few degrees above the western horizon, especially between about 10 and 10:15 p.m. local time. Binoculars (orange circle) or a small telescope should pull some of the cluster's brighter stars out of the twilight sky. The following evening, Mercury's position will be east (left) of the cluster.