What to look out, and up, for in July.
July is here and the summer solstice is just behind us, meaning we’re on the glide slope to every lengthening nights. So the team’s here to pick their highlights for this month’s skies; starting with the planets on offer to observers and imagers:
- Ralph – Saturn shows off its moons and favourably tilted rings
- Jeni – Mercury is low in the sky but nicely placed to observe this July
- Paul – Comets C/2015 er61 Panstarrs and C/2015 V2 Johnson
Next up, we take a deep sky pick from our list of favourites for this time of year:
- Ralph – The Eagle Nebula in the constellation Serpens
- Jeni – Colourful binary star Albireo in Cygnus
- Paul – Messier 8, The Lagoon Nebula in Sagittarius
And we finish this sky guide with July’s moon phases.