Summer is a great time to star gaze. Here are a few astronomical events happening this month.
July 3 — Earth at aphelion 8:00 p.m. EDT (farthest from the Sun)
July 5— First Quarter Moon, 7:29 p.m. EDT. One half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.
July 12 — Full Buck Moon 7:25 a.m. EDT. 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 13 — Moon at perigee 4:00 a.m. EDT (its closet point to the Earth)
July 18 -Last Quarter Moon 10:08 p.m. EDT. One half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.
July 26 — New Moon 6:42 p.m. EDT. The Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight.
July 27 — Moon at apogee 11:00 p.m. EDT (farthest from the Earth for the year).
July 28-29— Delta Aquarids meteor shower.