Here’s a quick look at what’s going on in the sky during the month of July, 2013:
July 5 — Earth at aphelion (its farthest point from the Sun), 11 a.m.
July 6 — Moon at apogee (its farthest point from the Earth), 8:58 p.m.
July 8 — New Moon, 3:14 a.m. The Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight.
July 15 — First Quarter Moon, 11:18 p.m. One half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.
July 21 — Moon at perigee (its closest point to the Earth), 4:08 p.m.
July 22 — Full Buck Moon, 2:16 p.m. The visible Moon is fully illuminated by direct sunlight. Though the Moon is only technically in this phase for a few seconds, it is considered “full” for the entire day of the event, and appears full for three days.
July 29 — Last Quarter Moon, 1:43 p.m. One half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.
July 30 — Delta Aquarids meteor shower. 2013 is predicted to be a very favorable year for this Southern Hemisphere shower.
July 30 — Alpha Capricornoids meteor shower. 2013 is predicted to be a very favorable year for this minor shower originating near Capricornus.