July 2022 Astronomy Events - What's in the Sky Tonight?
We are now more than halfway through the year. If you haven’t already, you should try looking up at the night sky. Read on to learn the top astronomy events of July 2022.
July 2022 Astronomy Events
7/4 – Earth at Aphelion
The Earth’s annual orbit around the Sun carries us to the furthest point from the Sun. That is its aphelion, putting our planet at a distance of 1.0167 AU(astronomical units). The difference between Earth and the Sun typically varies around 3% over the course of the year, due to its oval-shaped orbit.
7/13 - Full Supermoon
The full moon of the month of July also happens to be a Supermoon. Because of this, it will be the 2nd of 3 Supermoons of this year. This full Moon is also known as the Full Buck Moon. It is known as this because male bucks grow their antlers around this time of the year. It is also known as the Thunder Moon and the Hay Moon. Additionally, the Moon near its closest approach to earth so it will be bigger and brighter than usual.
7/28 – New Moon
The Moon will be located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. This marks and excellent night for both imaging and viewing!
7/28 – Jupiter in Retrograde
Jupiter will ender retrograde, halting its eastern bound orbit throughout the constellations. The planet will instead move westward. This should be visible for a short period of time in the early, pre-dawn sky.
7/28-7/29 – Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower
An above average shower with roughly 20 meteors at its peak. Produced by debris left behind by Marsden and Kracht comets. Runs annually from July 12th through August 23rd with the peak landing on the night of July 28th. This shower lands on the night of a new moon, creating excellent viewing conditions. Meteors will stem from the constellation Aquarius but will be visible from anywhere in the sky.
Conjunctions inJuly 2022:
Below are all of the conjunctions for this month. The celestial objects of all four conjunctions listed below are spaced too far apart to be seen in the same field of view through a telescope, but they can all be visible by the naked eye, or seen in more detail through binoculars.
The Moon and Saturn
The Moon and Jupiter
The Moon and Mars
The Moon and Venus
That concludes the top astronomy events of July 2022! What did we miss? Which event are you looking forward to the most? Is there anything you would like to add? Let us know in the comments below orContact Us to speak with an expert.
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Overview of the Top 2022 Astronomy Events
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