The Moon Passing Close to Jupiter and Saturn (July, 2017)
Let’s Enjoy the Moon Moving and Look at Bright Planets in the Evening Sky!
During evenings in early July, Jupiter shines in the southwestern sky and Saturn shines in the southeastern sky. The Moon passes close to these two planets. These scenes can be seen twice: at the beginning and the end of July.
On July 1, the first quarter moon passes close to Jupiter and on the 6th and the 7th, the Moon waxing towards full phase passes close to Saturn. As the Moon changes its phases, waxing and waning in roughly a 30-day cycle, it also changes its position relative to the background stars little by little each day. The Moon orbits around the celestial sphere in about 27 days.
From the 28th to the 29th, the Moon approaches close to Jupiter again. After that, the Moon approaches close to Saturn on August 3. How about observing the medley of Jupiter and Saturn as the Moon passes close to them in the evening sky?