What To Look For During July’s New Moon

A new moon isn’t visible from Earth, but if you enjoy stargazing, you’ll definitely want to look up when the new moon rolls around.

According to NASA, a new moon is set to appear July 9-10, 2021.

During a new moon, the moon is on the same side of Earth as the sun, so the surface won’t be illuminated. In other words, the moon won’t be visible. Without the glow of the moon lighting up the sky, other celestial sights can stand out even more.

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It’s the perfect time to pull out a telescope and search for your favorite constellations.

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NASA further shared that July 10-11 will be when Mercury will appear at its highest above the east-northeastern horizon. You can look for it around the time that morning twilight begins.

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You also may want to search for Saturn which will become visible on July 10, “appearing above the horizon in the east-southeast as evening twilight ends.”

Beyond searching for planets, you can use the extra dark sky to easily find constellations and individual stars. It’s going to be spectacular!

Photo: PXHERE

If you plan on going out to stargaze, make sure to find a place that’s dark and away from city lights to get the best view.

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