July 2022 Astronomical Highlights
The Visible Planets
Mercury is not visible from our latitude this month.
Venus shines brightly low along the east-northeastern horizon in our predawn sky for the entire month. Look for the very slim waning crescent Moon just above Venus before sunrise on the morning of July 26.
Mars is seen in our southeastern sky in the predawn hours as an orange point of light that will slowly brighten over the month. It starts the month in the zodiac constellation of Pisces, the fish, but moves into the adjacent zodiac constellation of Aries, the ram, by July 8, and moves eastward through this constellation for the rest of the month. In the predawn hours of July 21, look for Mars near the waning crescent Moon.
Jupiter rises in the east shortly after midnight at the beginning of the month and gains elevation as the night goes on. By morning, before sunrise, Jupiter can be seen shining brightly about 30 degrees above the southeastern horizon. By the end of the month, Jupiter rises at about 10:00 p.m. local time and is seen about 40 degrees above the southern horizon by sunrise. Look for Jupiter above the waning gibbous Moon in the predawn hours of July 18 and 19. Jupiter this month is located in the north western extreme of the constellation of Cetus, the sea monster.
Saturn rises in the east-southeastern sky at around 11:00 p.m. local time at the start of July, rising a little early every day thereafter. Saturn can be seen amongst the stars of Capricornus, the sea goat, through the month. The waning gibbous Moon can be seen below Saturn on the nights of July 15 and 16. By sunrise, Saturn can be found low above the southern horizon.
July 6 First Quarter Moon
July 13 Full Moon (The Buck Moon) Largest Full Moon of 2022
July 20 Last Quarter Moon
July 28 New Moon
International Space Station (ISS) Observable Passes
During the month of July 2021 there will be numerous observable passes of the ISS. Check the website http://www.heavens-above.com for viewing times for your location.
From June to late July, noctilucent clouds can be seen from the Edmonton area. Look for these extremely high, pearly blue clouds, in the northern sky this month.
July 1 Canada Day!
July 4 Earth at aphelion (furthest distance from the Sun) at 152 098 455 km
July 13 Largest Full Moon of 2022
July 16 Mercury at superior conjunction
July 19 Dwarf planet Pluto at opposition
July 26 Venus 4 degrees south of the waning crescent Moon
July 29 The south delta-Aquariid meteors peak (zenith hourly rate of 20 meteors)