How to see the moon in conjunction with 5 planets this month

Our natural satellite will pass by Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury in the early days of July.

All three of Earth's inner solar system neighbors as well as the two biggest planets that circle the sun will be passed by the moon in early July.

First, early in the month, before daybreak, you may see the moon alongside the gas giants Saturn and Jupiter. Mars, Venus, and a crescent moon will all appear near one another later in July after sunset.

From every location in the globe with clear skies, the Earth's moon and all five planets will be readily visible with the unaided eye. A fine little telescope or a decent pair of astronomy binoculars will, however, improve the view.

On July 7, a waning gibbous moon that is 80% illuminated will be seen just below Saturn, marking the first conjunction of the moon and a planet. A conjunction is a celestial occurrence in which two objects appear near to one another in Earth's night sky. The two objects will appear in the night sky in the southeast early in the morning and remain there until dawn.

A waning gibbous moon with a 37% illumination level will rise in the east late that evening on July 11 and will be somewhat above Jupiter. The moon will be seen slightly below Jupiter the next morning after waning to a 27% illumination.

From July 19 to July 21, the thin waxing gibbous crescent moon will be tightly united with Mercury, Venus, and Mars, the other three rocky planets in the solar system.

But on July 19, when the crescent moon will only be 5% bright, it will be the hardest night to view it near to the rocky planets. Mercury, which will be quite low on the horizon, will likewise be in this situation. However, the crescent moon will be well visible with brilliant Venus, and Mars will be clearly visible overhead. Regulus, the brightest star in Leo, which will be situated between Venus and Mars, should not be confused with Mars. When The Curves Line Up, a website hosted by astronomer Jeffrey Hunt, advises using binoculars, finding a clean view toward the western horizon, and starting searching approximately 35 minutes after sunset.

On July 20, which marks the 54th anniversary of Apollo 11, the first lunar landing, it will be considerably simpler to see the crescent moon. The moon will have ascended higher and shone with Mars, slightly above Venus, in addition to being 10% illuminated. Mercury will stay low on the horizon towards the west-northwest. Watch for the "Da Vinci glow" on the moon's shadowy limb as you stare at the three planets. The phenomenon, also known as Earthshine, is brought on by sunlight that is reflected off of Earth's seas, clouds, and ice.

The crescent moon will rise even higher above the western horizon the following evening, July 21, but it will be aligned with Mars and Venus. Venus will be to the left of Mercury.

The moon will leave the scene and ascend higher into the sky after sunset the following evenings, with Venus falling into the sun's brightness and Mercury continuing to rise above it. According to Adler Planetarium, on July 28, Mercury will shine in the dusk barely a tenth of a degree away from Regulus. Even to the unaided eye, it should be a fantastic sight.

Using the Night Sky page on timeanddate or planetarium software like Stellarium Web Online Star Map, you may determine the precise rise and set times for the planets in your area.