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USPS Star Calendar for 8-14 July 1 July 2012

Posted by amedalen in July 2012.
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9 Jul    Venus is less than ½ finger-width from Aldebaran low in the east before dawn.

11 Jul    Magnitude 1.1 Aldebaran is ½ finger-width to the right of magnitude -4.5 Venus low in the east at first light. 

13 Jul    The moon is at apogee, 63.47 Earth-radii (405,000 kilometers) away.

14 Jul    The moon rises less than 3 hours before the sun. Before dawn, the Seven Sisters or Pleiades Cluster is 2 finger-widths to the moon’s upper left. Magnitude -2.1 Jupiter is 3 finger-widths to the moon’s lower left, and magnitude -4.5 Venus is 3 finger-widths below Jupiter. Magnitude 1.1 Aldebaran is 1 finger-width to Venus’ upper right. About 20 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

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1. Bill Plywaski - 2 July 2012

Hi, Good Morning.
How aabout including a few more stars and asterisms which may be visible throughout the evening/night, possibly some mythology/folk lore….Fair Winds And Following Seas, Bill

2. amedalen - 9 July 2012

Bill

Thanks for your question and your interest in the column.

I generally try to emphasize stars and star patterns (asterisms) that are easy to locate using the position of the moon as a reference. Occasionally I will feature patterns that are not very close to the moon, such as the Summer Triangle.

I am sure you are not alone in your interest in stars and celestial patterns that do not happen to be close to the moons path. I will try to incorporate more of these in future articles. I am currently working on October so look for added stargazing opportunities this fall.

As far as mythology is concerned, I have always been fascinated with ancient mythologies, and not just Greek and Roman. I used to incorporate mythology in nearly every monthly article. When the format of THE ENSIGN changed a few years ago, I no longer had the space to include several paragraphs about the heavens and mythology. I will try to squeeze in a word or two about the ancients when possible.

P/C Arnold Medalen


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