Sky Notes - July 2020

In this month's edition:

  • Planetary Skylights: Jupiter & Saturn (Opposition), Mars, Venus, Mercury.
  • Meteors: Lyrids, Virginids, alpha Scorpiids
  • Comets
  • Noctilucent Cloud Watch
  • July 2020 Sky Charts

Lockdown measures continue to eased, but I think that July is still too early and impractical to host a star party. It will actually be rather light anyway until the end of July. I think therefore we shall revisit the situation in a month’s time as it may be possible to host a few star parties in August... [Read more about WDAS Diary: July-August 2020]

Think this may have always been a challenge to view Venus’ occultation by the waning moon. And so it proved.  The day itself was much improved on the previous 8 or 9 days and I had some optimism that something would be viewed.  The start of the occultation occurred at 08:38h from Whitby, so with compass, tape measure, binoculars and camera on hand... [Read more about Venus Occultation by The Moon (by Mark Dawson)]