The first of two July full Moons occurs tonight and can be seen skimming through the constellation of Sagittarius. This constellation is best seen from the southern hemisphere and for observers in the United Kingdom, it barely rises above the horizon at all. As a result, this is the southernmost full Moon of the year.
The northernmost, when the Moon will be highest in the sky for northern hemisphere observers, will be a brilliant Christmas Moon on December 25th.
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Image courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
02:19 UT – Full Moon. The first of two July Full Moons occurs – the second occurs on the 31st. This is also the southernmost full moon of the year. (Naked eye, Sagittarius, visible all night.)
02:58 UT – Asteroid 3 Juno appears 1.1° south of Regulus. (Juno: magnitude 10.4. Leo, evening sky.)
07:11 UT – Pluto has reached its maximum brightness for 2015. Magnitude: 14.1. (Sagittarius, all night.)
10:45 UT – The just-past full Moon passes Pluto. (Pluto: magnitude 14.1. Sagittarius, all night.)
The Arietid meteor shower ends. A maximum zenith hourly rate: 54. (Naked eye, Aries, all night but best in the pre-dawn sky.)
The multiple star Epsilon Lyrae, the “Double Double”, culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 5.1. Lyra, all night)
The globular star cluster M26 culminates at midnight tonight. (Magnitude 8.0. Scutum, all night.)
Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are visible with the naked eye.
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