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Jul 2, 2013 9:16 AM by Stephen Bowers

July a good month for star gazers

Now in the sky, Venus is the "evening star" and sets just after the sun. It is the brightest object in the western sky immediately after sunset. As Venus sets in the west, Saturn will rise in the east. With a decent telescope, you should be able to see Saturn's rings. NBC News says our moon will be near Saturn on July 15 and 16, and Saturn's third-largest moon, Iapetus, will be visible. Mars and Jupiter are also visible this month, but they will be easier to see later in the month when they will appear higher in the sky.

If planet spotting isn't your forte, perhaps you will enjoy a meteor shower, and July offers that, too. The Delta Aquarid meteor shower will peak July 28 to 29, though the moon could make for difficult viewing this year.

 

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