July 2018 Sky

4 Mercury 0.4° SSW of Beehive cluster M44 (25° from Sun, evening sky) at 13h UT. Mag. 0.1.
• Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
• M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
6 Last Quarter Moon at 7:52 UT.
6 Earth at Aphelion (farthest from Sun) at 17h UT. The Sun-Earth distance is 1.016696 a.u. or about 152.1 million km.
• Earth at Aphelion (SpaceWeather.com)
• Photographic Size Comparison (Anthony Ayiomamitis)
10 Venus 1.0° NNE of Regulus (42° from Sun, evening sky) at 5h UT. Mags. −4.1 and 1.4.
10 Moon near Aldebaran (morning sky) at 9h UT.
• Aldebaran (Wikipedia)
12 Mercury at greatest elongation east (26° from Sun, evening sky) at 5h UT. Mag. 0.5.
13 New Moon at 2:48 UT. Start of lunation 1182.
13 Partial Eclipse of the Sun at 3:01 UT (greatest). Minor event. Visible from southern Australia and Tasmania. Begins at 1:48, ends at 4:14 UT.
• Solar Eclipses: 2011 – 2030 (Mr Eclipse)
• Partial Solar Eclipse of 2018 July 13 (GIF)
13 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 8:27 UT (357,341 km; angular size 33.4′).
14 Moon near Mercury (26° from Sun, evening sky) at 23h UT. Mag. 0.6.
15 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 17h UT.
• Regulus (Wikipedia)
16 Moon near Venus (43° from Sun, evening sky) at 4h UT. Mag. −4.1.
19 Moon near Spica (evening sky) at 14h UT.
• Spica (Wikipedia)
19 First Quarter Moon at 19:53 UT.
21 Moon near Jupiter (evening sky) at 3h UT. Mag. −2.2.
23 Moon near Antares (evening sky) at 7h UT.
• Antares (Wikipedia)
25 Moon near Saturn (evening sky) at 6h UT. Mag. 0.2.
27 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 6h UT (distance 406,223 km; angular size 29.4′).
27 Mars at opposition at 5h UT. Mag. −2.8. At its brightest.
• The 2018 Perihelic Appartition of Mars (ALPO)
27 Moon near Mars (evening sky) at 20h UT. Mag. −2.8.
27 Total Eclipse of the Moon begins at 18:24 UT and ends at 22:19 UT. Mid-eclipse at 20:23 UT. Partial phases begin at 17:15 UT and end at 23:29 UT. Moon appears red-orange in color during totality (the color of Earth’s sunsets). Visible from South America, Europe, Africa, India, Asia, and Australia. Mars nearby.
• Lunar Eclipses: 2011 – 2030 (NASA)
• Total Lunar Eclipse of 2018 July 27 (PDF) (NASA)
27 Full Moon at 20:21 UT.
• Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
31 Mars nearest to Earth at 8h UT. Mag. −2.8.
July 2018 Sky All times Universal Time (UT).

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