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July : Traditionally July is the coldest month in Australia and the month when the Sun reaches the furthest point away from Earth, called Aphelion, on the 6th July. This date is latest time the Sun rises in the morning. From then onward until we reach Perihelion in early January it will rise earlier and earlier each day.
We enter July with much of Australia under some form of lockdown or restriction. We hope everyone and their friends and family are safe during this difficult period.
After a busy few months in the sky above, July is fairly quiet. Highlights include Mars close to the setting crescent Moon in early evening of the 12th July and the gas giants Jupiter and Saturn rising not long after Sunset later in the month. (They’ll be at opposition and at their best viewing for the year in early Aug)
The Southern Cross (Crux) is high in the night sky through July.
If you can get away from the light polluted city skies, you’ll see the spectacular clouds of gas and dust that make up our home galaxy, The Milky Way, run right through it. If your skies are clear enough you’ll notice a dark patch in the Milky Way in one of the arms of the Southern Cross. This dark patch is The Coalsack Nebula, a region of interstellar material so large and comparatively dense it blocks out the starlight behind it.