Begining with Thursday July 16th and continuing for a few days there will be a nice triple conjunction involving Venus, Jupiter, and the star Regulus in Leo the Lion. In addition the waxing crescent Moon passes across this part of the sky adding to the viewing enjoyment. So between the 16th and the the 20th, at least, keep an eye on the western horizon sometime after sunset local time for this latest dance of the planets with the Moon.
This series of conjunctions will be close enough so that Venus, Jupiter, Regulus, and the Moon will all fit within the field of view of a pair of binoculars. This animated graphic shows a simulated view as seen through a pair of 7×50 binoculars and is set for July 16th to the 20th.
I’ve been following the movements of Venus, Jupiter, the Moon, and Regulus since June 19th, and other than the evenings when the skies were cloudy, and with one location difference, I have been able to document this event with pictures. Click here to see the pictures.
Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.