July 24-27, 2021: The bright moon passes Saturn and Jupiter in the southwestern sky before sunrise.
by Jeffrey L. Hunt
On the mornings of July 24 – July 27, the bright moon passes the planets Saturn and Jupiter. The planets are in the southwestern sky. Jupiter is the brightest star during early morning twilight. Saturn is to the Jovian Giant’s lower right. The star Fomalhaut is to Jupiter’s lower left.
One hour before sunrise each morning, here’s what to look for:
- July 24: The bright moon (14.4 days after the New moon phase, 100% illuminated) is 10.0° up in the southwest. Saturn is 7.2° above the lunar orb.
The moon is appearing in the evening sky with the planets as well. This evening, as the calendar day ends, the moon is nearly 20° up in the east. Saturn is to the moon’s upper right and Jupiter is to the left.
- July 25: The moon (15.4d, 98%) is nearly 20° up in the southwest, 9.5° to the upper left of Saturn. Jupiter is 12.0° to the upper left of the lunar orb.
- July 26: The moon (16.4d, 93%) is nearly one-third of the way up in the south-southwest. The lunar orb is 5.3° to the lower left of Jupiter.
- July 27: The moon (17.4d, 87%) is over 36° above the south-southwest horizon, nearly 17° to the upper left of Jupiter.
During the next few mornings, watch the moon pass the planets.
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July 29, 2021: In a challenging-to-see conjunction, Mars passes 0.6° to the upper right of the star Regulus.
July 27, 2021: Evening Star Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter are in the evening sky. Mars is nearing its conjunction with Regulus in two evenings.
July 26, 2021: Four bright planets are in the evening sky. Mars closes in on Regulus for their conjunction in three evenings. Brilliant Evening Star Venus appears to the upper left of the impending Mars – Regulus conjunction. Saturn and Jupiter are low in the southeastern sky after sunset.
July 25, 2021: Four evenings before its conjunction with Regulus, find Mars in the western sky to the lower right of Venus. As the calendar day ends, look for the moon below bright Jupiter.
July 24, 2021: After sunset, Venus and Mars are in the western sky. A little later during evening hours, the moon is near Jupiter and Saturn in the southeast.