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USPS Star Calendar for 15-21 July 8 July 2012

Posted by amedalen in July 2012.
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15 Jul    Before first light, the moon forms a tight cluster with Jupiter 2 finger-widths to the upper right, Venus to the lower right and Aldebaran to Venus’ upper right.

16 Jul    Aldebaran, Venus and the waning crescent moon line up low in the east before dawn. Less than 10 percent of the moon’s surface is illuminated.

19 Jul    New moon at 0424 UT. In most of the U.S., the new moon occurs before midnight on the 18th.

21 Jul    Tonight, the moon sets a little more than an hour after the sun. At dusk, find the Big Dipper high in the north, with the handle nearly straight up. Follow the handle’s arc to Arcturus, and speed on to Spica. Don’t mistake Spica for Saturn, which is slightly brighter at magnitude 0.8, versus Spica’s magnitude 1.2.

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