Sky Events 2020

July

July 1: The open star cluster IC 4756 in Serpens will be well-placed for observation.

July 3: Asteroid 532 Herculina will be well placed, lying in the constellation Sagittarius, well above the horizon for much of the night.

July 4: The Earth at aphelion

July 4-5: Penumbral lunar eclipse

July 5: Full Moon

            Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter, with an angular separation of 1°51′

July 6: Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn, with an angular separation of 2°29′

July 8: Venus at its greatest brightness

July 11: Conjunction of the Moon and Mars, with an angular separation of 1°57′ 

July 12: Third Quarter Moon

July 14: Jupiter at opposition

July 15: Both Pluto (in the constellation Sagittarius) and asteroid 2 Pallas (in the constellation Sagitta) will be in opposition.

July 17: Conjunction of the Moon and Venus, with an angular separation of 3°03′

July 18: Conjunction of the Moon and Mercury, with an angular separation of 3°53′

July 20: New Moon

              Saturn at opposition

July 22: Mercury at greatest western elongation

July 27: First Quarter Moon

July 28: The Piscis Austrinid meteor shower reaches its peak activity of 5 meteors per hour.

July 29: The Southern δ-Aquariid meteor shower reaches its peak activity of 25 meteors per hour.

              The α-Capricornid meteor shower reaches its peak activity of 5 meteors per hour.

August

August 1: Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter, with an angular separation of 1°31′ between the two objects.

August 2: Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn, with an angular separation of 2°16′ between the two objects.

August 3: Full Moon

August 9: Conjunction of the Moon and Mars, with an angular separation of 0°45′ between the two objects.

August 11: Third Quarter Moon

August 12: The Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak activity of about 150 meteors per hour.

August 13: Venus at greatest western elongation

                    The globular cluster M15 in Pegasus is well-placed for observation.

August 14: The globular cluster M2 in Aquarius is well placed for observation.

August 15: Conjunction of the Moon and Venus, with an angular separation of 3°59′ between the two

August 17: The κ-Cygnid meteor shower reaches its peak activity of about 3 meteors per hour.

August 18: New Moon

August 25: First Quarter Moon

August 28: Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter, with an angular separation of 1°24′ between the two objects.

August 29: Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn, with an angular separation of 2°12′ between the two objects.

August 31: The Aurigid meteor shower reaches its peak activity of about 6 meteors per hour.