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Sky Chart For The Month of July, 2020

ASTRONOMICAL BULLETIN FOR JULY 2020

The Moon

New Moon occurs on 20th at h. 23-03 I.S.T.

First Quarter occurs on 27th at h. 18-03 I.S.T

Full Moon occurs on 5th at h. 10-14 I.S.T.

Last Quarter occurs on 13th at h. 04-59 I.S.T.

 

 

The Lunar Crescent becomes first visible after the New Moon day in the evening of 21st.

The Moon is at Apogee or farthest from the Earth on 13th.The Moon is at Perigee or nearest to the Earth on 25th.

The Moon passes about 2º south of Jupiter in the early hours of 6th, about 2½º south of Saturn on 6th, about 4½º south of  Neptune on 10th, about 2º south of Mars after midnight of 11th  i.e. on 12th, about 4º south of Uranus on 14th, about 3º north of Venus on 17thand about 4º north of Mercury on 19th .                                                

The Earth 

The Earth approaches the Aphelion position in its orbit or reaches farthest from the Sun on 4th.

 

The Planets

Visibility of Planets: 

Mercury: The planet is too close to the Sun to be visible upto 9th of the month. Thereafter it becomes visible on 10th in the eastern sky and rises about ½ hour to 1½ hours before sunrise for the remaining days of the month. The planet is in Inferior Conjunction with the Sun on 1st. The motion of the planet becomes Direct with respect to the Earth from 12th. It is in Greatest Western Elongation of about 20° from the Sun on 22nd.

Venus: The planet rises about 3 hours to 2 hours after local midnight throughout the month. The planet is at Aphelion or farthest from the Sun in its orbit on 10th.

Mars: The planet rises before local midnight throughout the month. The planet rises about 1 hour to 1½ hours before it upto third quarter of the month and about 1½ hours to 2 hours before it for the remaining days of the month.

Jupiter: The planet rises about 1 hour to ½ hour after sunset upto first quarter of the month, from about ½ hour after sunset to close to sunset time upto 13th of  the month, being in Opposition with the Sun on 14th. Thereafter the planet sets from close to sunrise time to 1 hour before it for the remaining days of the month. 

Saturn: The planet rises about 1½ hours to ½ hour after sunset upto second quarter of the month, from about ½ hour after sunset to close to sunset time upto third quarter of the month, being in Opposition with the Sun on 21st. Thereafter the planet sets from close to sunrise time to ½ hour before it for the remaining days of the month.

Uranus: The planet rises about 1 hour to ½ hour after local midnight upto first quarter of the month, from ½ hour after local midnight time to close to it upto second quarter of the month, from close to local midnight time to ½ hour before it upto third quarter of the month and from about ½ hour to 1 hour before it for the remaining days of the month.

Neptune: The planet rises before local midnight throughout the month. It rises about 1½ hours to 2 hours before it upto first quarter of the month, about 2 hours to 2½ hours before it upto second quarter of the month, about 2½  hours to 3 hours before it upto third quarter of the month and about 3  hours to 3½ hours before it for the remaining days of the month.

Conjunction of Planets:

Venus passes about 1º north of Aldebaran (Rohini) on 12th.

Planets

Planets in Zodiacal Constellation

Magnitude

Mercury (Budha)

Remains inGemini(Mithuna).

+4.4 to +4.7

+4.7 to 0.0

+0.0 to -1.1

Venus (Sukra)

Remains in Taurus (Vrisha).

-4.7 to -4.6

Mars (Mangala)

Remains inPisces (Mina).

-0.5 to -1.0

Jupiter (Brihaspati)

Remains inSagittarius (Dhanus).

-2.7

Saturn (Sani)

Remains in Capricornus (Makara).

+0.2 to +0.1

Uranus

Remains in Aries (Mesha).

+6.0

Neptune

Remains in Aquarius (Kumbha).

+8.0


Source : : Director

Positional Astronomy Centre

India Meteorological Department

Salt Lake, Kolkata - 700 091.