July 2021 Moon Phases & Astronomy

July 2021 Moon Phases and Astronomy. Learn more about this months meteor showers at WildHemlock.com!
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July 2021 Moon Phases and Astronomy. Learn more about this months meteor showers at WildHemlock.com!

July 2021 is busy! The first full month of summer is jam packed with three meteor showers, five moon phases, a double lunar conjunction, and more! From July 27th to July 30th three meteor showers will take place. Pluto will reach Opposition and be viewable with a telescope. Check out the full calendar at the bottom of the post, so you don’t miss anything!

A quick summary for July 2021:

  • The Earth will be at the farthest point from the Sun on July 5th.
  • On July 12th, the Moon is in conjunction with both Venus and Mars. These two planets will be in conjunction by themselves the 13th.
  • Pluto reaches Opposition of the Sun on July 18th, which makes it a great time to view the dwarf planet.
  • δ-Aquarids peak on July 27th.
  • Piscis Austrinids meteor shower on July 28th, followed by α-Capricornids on July 30th.

This may be a great time to go camping with a clear view of the sky, weather and location permitting! Keep reading for information on from where the meteor showers are viewable.

July has five moon phases, and two Third Quarter Moons. Today is the first Third Quarter Moon. During the Third Quarter Moon,the Moon is perpendicular to the Sun and Earth, on the opposite side as the First Quarter Moon. The Sun illuminates only half of the Moon’s surface as viewed from the Earth. The Moon now rises around midnight and sets close to noon.

Learn more about these events in the Glossary of Astronomical Events!

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Moon Phases for July 2021

Third Quarter MoonNew MoonFirst Quarter MoonFull MoonThird Quarter Moon
July 1stJuly 9thJuly 17thJuly 23rdJuly 31st

All times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST) or Eastern Daylight Savings Time (EDT).

Moon Facts

Ascending Node:6th
Descending Node:20th
Moon Name:Buck Moon

Meteor Showers

Meteor Showers. Learn more about upcoming meteor showers at WildHemlock.com!
NameDateRadiant Point (Origin Location)Direction to LookBest Time*
δ-Aquarids Meteor ShowerJuly 27thAquariusEast, starting at horizon10 PM – 3 AM
Piscis Austrinids Meteor ShowerJuly 28thPiscis AustrinusEast, starting at horizon11:15 PM – 3 AM
α-Capricornids Meteor ShowerJuly 30thCapricornWest South West1 AM

* For the East Coast of the United States

According to In The Sky, the δ-Aquarids or Delta Aquarids are visible on the East Coast of the US after 10 PM eastern time. Face the east to see long lived shooting stars. The Piscis Austrinids will be visible on the East Coast after 11:15 PM local and will remain so until dawn. It will be the most active around 3 AM. Follow the constellation Piscis Astrinus, close to the constellation Aquarius, from the eastern horizon for meteors. The α-Capricornids will be visible all night and radiate from Capricorn between due West and South West.

In The Sky has detailed information about upcoming meteor showers on their website!

Planetary Alignments

Venus. Learn more about Venus as WildHemlock.com!Pluto. Learn more about Pluto at WildHemlock.Com
MercuryEarthVenus and MarsPluto
Greatest Western ElongationAphelionGeocentric ConjunctionSolar Opposition
July 4thJuly 5thJuly 13thMay 29th
Ideal time to view planetFarthest point from the SunGreat photo opportunityIdeal time to view planet

Lunar Conjunctions

Venus. Learn more about Venus as WildHemlock.com!
Conjunction with MercuryConjunction with VenusConjunction with Mars
July 8thJuly 12thJuly 12th
Conjunction with SaturnConjunction with Jupiter
July 24thJuly 25th

Astronomy Calendar

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