Celestial Events July 2014: Meteor Shower, New Moon, Full Moon Dates and Viewing Times

Alyza Katrina C. TorresJul 13, 2014 09:43 AM EDT

Reports predict that this month will be exciting for sky and star gazers alike, as remarkable celestial activities are set to occur. The July sky will be filled with astronomical events such as lunar phases and meteor showers.

This coming July 12, a Full moon is listed on the astronomical schedule, which occurs when the moon is positioned directly opposite the Earth from the Sun. What results is the full illumination of the moon and a spectacle for Earthly onlookers, and according to seasky.org, the Full moon phase will occur at 11:25 UTC

A few weeks later, on July 26, there will be a New Moon. During this time, the moon will rest directly between the Earth and the Sun, but it will not be visible from Earth. This moon phase will occur at 22:42 UTC.

For those who are fond of the lunar activity, the Full and New Moon are all that's happening in the month of July, but a spectacular meteor shower is expected this month to satiate star gazers. According to the astronomical calendar, on July 28 and 29, there will be a Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower.

Seasky.org says, "The Delta Aquarids is the average shower that can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by comets Marsden and Kracht." Usually, this kind of meteor shower runs from July 12 to August 23, but this year, it peaks on July 28 until the next day.

"This should be a great year for this shower because the thin crescent moon will set early in the evening leaving dark skies for what should a good show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the sky." Seasky.org explains.

For the planet enthusiasts, some planets will also be very visible this month. On July 12, Mercury arrives at its greatest elongation. It will be 21 degrees west of the Sun. It will appear as a bright star, and space.com mentions that, Mercury will brighten noticeably and pull slowly away from Venus while moving closer to the Sun.

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