Exploring the wonders of the Universe
28 June 2021 | Tourism
Join us as we once again tour our universe. Here we list a few highlights you can witness during the month of July.
July 4: Mercury at western elongation (21:59). The planet Mercury reaches greatest western elongation - it is the best time to view the planet since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the morning sky. Look for the planet low in the eastern sky just before sunrise.
Planet visibility: Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn will be prominent during dawn. After dusk Venus and Mars will be visible. At the start of July Venus and Mars will make a very close approach.
Focus point: Voyager 1 - one of two NASA spacecrafts launched 44 years ago and now the most distant human-made object in space - still zooms toward infinity. It instruments have recently detected the constant drone of interstellar gas (plasma waves), reports Science Daily. Scientists describe the sound “as a very faint and monotone hum, because it is in a narrow frequency bandwidth”.
Information contained herein stems from the Sky Guide Africa South, a handbook which is annually published by the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa as well as Science Daily.
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