Early July - 11:30 p.m. (EDT)
Late July - 10:30 p.m. (EDT)
MILKY WAY: The glow of the Milky Way stretches from the south to the northeast at 11 p.m. each night. Observe when no moon is present in the sky (from June 30 to July 12 and from July 28 to July 31) and from a dark location away from city lights to best appreciate this glorious sight.
EARTH reaches aphelion (its farthest point from the sun) on July 5 when the Earth-sun distance will be 94.5 million miles.
MERCURY lost in the solar glow..
VENUS low in the west-northwest 45 minutes after sunset.
MARS rises before 5:00 a.m. in the east-northeast at the beginning of July and before 4:15 a.m. at the end of the month. Near the brighter Jupiter on the mornings around July 22.
JUPITER lost in the solar glow until July 15, then very low in the east-northeast at 5:15 a.m. To the right of the much dimmer Mars on July 22.
SATURN in the south at sunset. Sets before 2:30 a.m. at the beginning of July and at 12:30 a.m. at the end of the month. Above the first quarter moon on July 16.
Use the Big Dipper to locate:
The North Star
Such is our view from Earth...