June was full of exciting astronomical events and July keeps the ball going. While the stargazers had beautiful views of the "Strawberry Moon" last month, we expect an even bigger surprise this month: a total lunar eclipse with a "blood moon".
Meanwhile, five bright planets are still glittering in the sky, providing unforgettable views at dusk and in the early hours after dark, while Mars steals the thunder as it gets closer to Earth than it did 15 years ago.
Venus and Mercury
Venus, the brightest planet in our solar system, has dominated the night sky throughout June and will continue to shine in the west after sunset, sharing the sky with Mercury until dark. Sky & Telescope [1
The best views of Mercury are to be expected around the 11th and 12th of July, when the next planet to the sun seems to gain some distance, making it easier to see in the sky.
Jupiter and Saturn
As darkness sets in, Venus and Mercury are no longer visible, but a clue to another pair of planets, Jupiter and Saturn. As reported by Inquisitr the gas giants landed a pretty divine show last month, with Saturn shooting against the sun on June 27, facing the sun on opposite sides of our planet.
Tour July's Sky: Planet Parade https://t.co/pn1ZKEu4Vz pic.twitter.com/LJPrRhrQuN
– IdeasLoop (@ideasloop) June 29th 2018
According to Astronomy Magazine Saturn remains "almost all night among the background stars of the northern marksman". The view of the Ringed Giant through a telescope offers spectacular views of the Trifid Nebula west of Saturn.
Somewhat deeper, straight In the south of Trifid, stargazers can see the even brighter lagoon nebula – a colossal stellar nursery so big it can be seen on the dark, cloudless nights with the naked eye Inquisitr Jupiter ruled the night sky from dawn to high until the wee hours of the morning – "unequivocally bright and quite isolated between the dark stars of Libra" as Sky & Telescope
& # 39; Blood Moon & # 39; and Total Lunar Eclipse 19659005] One of the greatest astronomical events of the month – and of the entire century – is the total lunar eclipse of 27-28. July. Although it will not be visible in North America, The Express the total lunar eclipse will provide spectators in Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe and parts of South America with an unforgettable spectacle.
As the Inquisitr recently reported, the July solar eclipse will be the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century and is expected to take two hours – four, counting the partial lunar eclipses that span the entire solar eclipse on both sides
Blood Moon 2018: The longest total lunar eclipse of the century occurs on July 27 at https://t.co/k72vkeWpGA pic.twitter.com/BjOv2tRsTH
– SPACE.com (@SPACEdotcom) June 26, 2018
The most memorable thing about the lunar eclipse in July 2018 is that it will show a spectacular phenomenon called "blood moon" when the Earth's natural satellite passes the shadow of our planet and appears in bathed in a deep red hue rather than just v
Mars Opposition and Next Approach since 2003
The other major celestial event of July is all about Mars. The Red Planet will be seen on the Moon right next to the Moon on July 27, when it reaches the resistance and glides in perfect harmony with Earth and the Sun – with our planet right in the middle.
What can you see at night? Heaven in July 2018?
Search Mars in the late night sky! Mars is closest to Earth on July 31st. On July 28, let's watch the smallest #FullMoon of 2018 and a total of #LunarEclipse on July 28th. Https: //t.co/ew2rLKFFH9 #stargazing #AstronomicalInformation pic.twitter.com/3MYnOzTgpE
– NAOJ (@prcnaoj_en) June 29, 2018  Less than a week later, on July 31st, Mars will come closest to Earth in 15 years and come within 35.6 million kilometers of our home planet. That's about a million miles ahead of 2003, when Mars took its next approach in nearly 60,000 years.
In the following video, Jane Houston Jones of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, gives some good tips on when to see the best views of Mars in July.
"If you have never had anything to do with stargazing, this and next month will be a good time to explore Mars, through a telescope you should be able to see some of the light and dark features and sometimes to recognize polar ice. "