Sky

Sky Chart for July 2017

From SEA and SKY  at http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-current.html

  • July 9 – Full Moon. The Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be will be fully illuminated. This phase occurs at 04:07 UTC. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Buck Moon because the male buck deer would begin to grow their new antlers at this time of year. This moon has also been known as the Full Thunder Moon and the Full Hay Moon.
  • July 23 – New Moon. The Moon will located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. This phase occurs at 09:46 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.
  • July 29, 30 – Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower. The Delta Aquarids is an average shower that can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by comets Marsden and Kracht. The shower runs annually from July 12 to August 23. It peaks this year on the night of July 29 and morning of July 30. The crescent moon will set by midnight, leaving dark skies for what should be a good early morning show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
  • July 30 – Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation. The planet Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation of 27.2 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. Look for the planet low in the western sky just after sunset.

AUGO

http://augo.athabascau.ca/index.php

Athabasca is home to the Athabasca University Geophysical Observatory (AUGO), part of an international network studying the subauroral zone.

Aurora Watch

http://www.aurorawatch.ca/

Sign up to receive email alerts of possible or actual aurora displays.

Star Walk HD

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/star-walk-5-stars-astronomy/id295430577?mt=8

This is an astronomy app configured to your location.

Sky View

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/skyview-free-explore-universe/id413936865?mt=8

Sky View is another astronomy app using your GPS enabled tablet or phone.

Dark Sky Meter

http://www.darkskymeter.com/

The Dark Sky Meter app allows you to use your smartphone to send data to aid creation of a world-wide map of light pollution.

Athabasca full moon chart:

http://www.almanac.com/moon/full/AB/Athabasca

Book

Gavin Pretor-Pinney, The Cloudspotter’s Guide: The Science, History, and Culture of Clouds (Penguin 2006)