Venus continues it’s slide toward the horizon but reaches it’s brightest today. It’s slowly catching up to Regulus in Leo and will pass the bright star next Wednesday, July 15th. Take a look while you can; it’s already low for observers in the United Kingdom and will only fade and sink further in the weeks to come.
Images courtesy of Mobile Observatory.
05:24 UT – Venus reaches its maximum brightness. Magnitude: -4.47. (Illumination 25%, diameter 38.6”. Naked eye, Leo, evening sky. See images above.)
18:55 UT – The waning crescent Moon passes Aldebaran. (Naked eye, Taurus, pre-dawn sky.)
The Southern Delta Aquariid meteor shower begins. A maximum zenith hourly rate: 16. (Naked eye, Aquarius, all night but best in the pre-dawn sky.)
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