Best Night Sky Events of July 2017 (Stargazing Maps)

See what’s up in the night sky for July 2017, including stargazing events and the moon’s phases, in this gallery courtesy of Starry Night Software.

Shown here: From Friday evening, June 30 to the wee hours of Saturday, July 3, the last quarter moon will appear three degrees to the right of the bright planet Jupiter. The pair will be in the southwestern sky at sunset and then set together in the west about 1:30 am local time, making a pretty sight for unaided eyes and binoculars, and a fine photo opportunity. Virgo’s brightest star Spica will be situated about ten degrees to the left of the pairing.

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