What's Up - July 2015

This is the month that New Horizons finally makes its historic flyby of Pluto. It will be fantastic to get high resolution views of this distant member of the solar system. Due to the extreme distances involved and the amount of data that is expected to be collected during the narrow window of opportunity it will take many months, even years, for all the data to be transmitted back to Earth.

Venus and Jupiter are a spectacular sight in the WNW at the moment and they begin the month on the first just 0.4 degrees apart. Venus reaches peak brightness on the 10th at -4.7 magnitude. On the 18th and 19th a slender crescent Moon will join the pair. Saturn is visible high in the north eastern sky at the end of dusk. Uranus rises around midnight in Pisces. Neptune rises mid evening in Aquarius