Tues. July 10 - This is Last Quarter Moon night, with the half orange slice rising around midnight and remaining high in the morning sky. Dark sky observing, sketching and imaging is just around the corner!
Thurs. July 12 - Fast moving Venus gains height in the early morning sky. This morning it will reach greatest brilliancy, and through a telescope it will appear as an appreciably large crescent. Even binoculars should show it's phase rather than a round shape.
Fri. July 13 - If the sky is clear, there is a night of observing to look forward to at our Okanagan Observatory on Big White Road (www.okanaganobservatory.ca). The evening will include an audio/visual program, a guided tour of the sky, and observing with member telescopes and the club's 25" telescope. A Go/No Go message is posted by 3pm each Friday on the Observatory Event Phone 250-300 8SKY (8759).
Sat. July 14 - It seems that most of the celestial action is taking place in the pre-dawn hours right now. Early this morning the narrowing crescent Moon will form a triangle with the Pleiades star cluster and bright planet Jupiter.
Sun. July 15 - This has been a year of planetary get-togethers. Tonight the crescent Moon will take its place with Venus and Jupiter for a gathering in the Hyades open cluster in Taurus. You will have to wake up early to see it in the eastern dawn sky before daybreak.
Okanagan Skies features highlights of current and upcoming astronomical events which are assembled by OC RASC member Dave Gamble. Please send your comments to:
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