Mercury hangs above the western horizon after the Sun sets in early July. As the innermost planet sinks and the sky darkens, Mars, Saturn, and Virgo’s brightest star, Spica, pop into view. A waxing crescent Moon joins this trio of bright objects a week before the month ends.
The morning sky displays a pair of planets that appears even more spectacular. Both Venus and Jupiter shine brilliantly before dawn near the impressive Pleiades and Hyades star clusters. You won’t want to miss the waning crescent Moon’s passage through this region in mid-July.Astronomy magazine subscribers can read the full column for free. Just make sure you're registered with the website.