The Witches Astronomy Journal for Saturday, July 7th
Your Daily Sun & Moon Data for Saturday, July 7th
Sun Direction:↑ 349.60° N
Sun Distance:94.508 million mi
Next Equinox: Sep 22, 2018 8:54 pm (Autumnal)
Sunrise Today:5:41 am↑ 61° Northeast
Sunset Today:8:17 pm↑ 299° Northwest
Length of Daylight: 14 hours, 35 minutes
Moon Direction:↑ 74.22° ENE
Moon Distance:238499 mi
Next New Moon:Jul 12, 20189:47 pm
Next Full Moon:Jul 27, 20183:20 pm
Next Moonrise: Today 1:23 am
Current Moon Phase: Waning Crescent
Your Astrology of Today – Saturday, July 7th
- The Moon is in Aries until 8:50 AM, after which the Moon is in Taurus.
- The Moon is void from 3:08 AM to 8:50 AM.
- The Moon is waning and in its Last Quarter phase.
- The Last Quarter Moon occurred yesterday.
- Mars is retrograde (Mars is retrograde from June 26th to August 27th).
Moon in Aries
We’re motivated by a strong desire to start fresh. A gut instinct to start something new is with us now, as well as the gumption to do so. Our pioneering impulses are strong, and we feel energetic, spontaneous, and enthusiastic. We may also be tactless and impulsive now. Excess energy is best channeled into physical activity.
The Moon in Aries generally favors the following activities: Quick actions that yield immediate results. Undertakings that involve the self and the personality. (Staying power may be lacking). Self-assertion, taking on challenges, beginning short-term projects.
Daily Overview of Your Stars and Planets for Saturday, July 7th
The Moon continues its transit of enterprising Aries until 8:51 AM EDT, after which it travels through stable Taurus. With a Taurus Moon, we crave comfort and predictability, and its trine to Saturn today provides these things. However, the Moon also aligns with Uranus, and we’d be wise to embrace some level of change and progress. With the Moon’s square to Mars tonight, it can be all too easy for frustrations or impatience to interfere with these goals. The Sun’s contra-parallel to Saturn suggests we become especially aware of our responsibilities, commitments, and limitations today, mainly through our interactions with others.
The Moon is void from 3:09 AM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a trine to Venus), until the Moon enters Taurus at 8:51 AM EDT.
The sky this week for July 7 to 15
Saturday, July 7
Magnificent Saturn reached its peak 10 days ago, when it appeared opposite the Sun in the sky, and our view of the ringed planet remains spectacular. It is on display nearly all night among the background stars of northern Sagittarius, hanging in the southeastern sky as darkness falls and climbing high in the south by midnight local daylight time. Saturn continues to shine brightly, too, at magnitude 0.1. When viewed through binoculars, you’ll find the Trifid Nebula (M20) 4.2° to the west, with the even brighter Lagoon Nebula (M8) 1° south of the Trifid. Open cluster M25 resides 4.2° northeast of the planet and globular cluster M22 is 3.8° southeast of the ringed world. But the best views of Saturn come through a telescope, which reveals the planet’s 18″-diameter disk surrounded by a dramatic ring system that spans 42″ and tilts 26° to our line of sight.
Sunday, July 8
Although Jupiter reached opposition and peak visibility two months ago, it remains a stunning sight from evening twilight until it sets around 2 a.m. local daylight time. Jupiter shines at magnitude –2.3 and dominates the sky toward the south-southwest as twilight deepens. The gas giant resides among the background stars of Libra the Scales, 2.1° northwest of Zubenelgenubi (Alpha [a] Librae). If you view the planet through a telescope tonight, its disk spans 41″ and displays spectacular cloud-top detail.
Monday, July 9
Venus dominates the western sky after sunset. The dazzling object shines at magnitude –4.1 among the background stars of western Leo. Venus appears 14° high an hour after sundown and sets shortly before 11 p.m. local daylight time. And this evening, the solar system world meets Leo’s brightest star, 1st-magnitude Regulus. The planet appears 1.1° north (to the upper right) of the star and shines more than 100 times brighter, so binoculars will provide the best view of the conjunction. When viewed through a telescope, Venus appears 17″ across and two-thirds lit.
Tuesday, July 10
Mars remains a stunning sight all week. It rises around 10 p.m. local daylight time and climbs nearly 30° high in the south by 2:30 a.m. Although the Red Planet won’t reach opposition until the end of July, it appears noticeably brighter than it did just a week ago. Shining at magnitude –2.5, it appears brighter than Jupiter and ranks as the second-brightest point of light in the night sky after Venus. If you point a telescope toward Mars, you’ll see its 23″-diameter disk and perhaps a few subtle surface features — though most of these are currently obscured by a major dust storm.
The waning crescent Moon rises shortly before 3:30 a.m. local daylight time this morning. Earth’s satellite lies next to the V-shaped Hyades — the large star cluster that forms the head of Taurus the Bull. The Moon stands just 1° northeast of Taurus’ brightest sun, 1st-magnitude Aldebaran. From parts of Canada and the upper Midwest, Luna passes in front of this ruddy star.
Wednesday, July 11
Mercury pops out of the twilight glow this evening as the sky begins to darken. Look for it 30 minutes after sunset, when it lies 9° above the western horizon. The innermost planet should be fairly easy to spot because it shines brightly, at magnitude 0.4. (Use binoculars if you can’t see it with your naked eye.) Mercury lies 26° east of the Sun tonight, its greatest elongation for this evening apparition. Through a telescope, Mercury appears 8″ across and slightly less than half-lit.
Thursday, July 12
Today marks the peak of Pluto’s 2018 appearance. The distant world reaches opposition, which means it lies opposite the Sun in our sky and remains visible all night. It glows dimly at 14th magnitude, however, so you’ll need an 8-inch or larger telescope with good optics to spot it visually. Pluto currently lies in northeastern Sagittarius, some 0.2° west of the 6th-magnitude star 50 Sagittarii.
New Moon occurs at 10:48 p.m. EDT. At its New phase, the Moon crosses the sky with the Sun and so remains hidden in our star’s glare. At least, that’s what it will do for more than 99 percent of Earth’s population. But if you find yourself between southeastern Australia and Antarctica, you can watch the Moon pass in front of the Sun and cause a partial solar eclipse. From Hobart, Tasmania, the eclipse lasts from 2h52m to 3h56m UT, and the Moon blocks 10 percent of the Sun’s diameter at maximum. Remember that when viewing the Sun during a partial eclipse, you need to protect your eyes with a safe solar filter.
Friday, July 13
The Southern Delta Aquariid meteor shower starts to ramp up this week. The shower won’t peak until the end of July, but you should see some of its meteors in the hours before dawn. The best time to look is between 3 and 4 a.m. local daylight time, just before twilight begins. Viewing conditions are great the remainder of this week because the Moon is out of the morning sky. Unfortunately, our satellite will show a fat gibbous phase at the shower’s peak the night of July 29/30. To tell a Southern Delta Aquariid meteor from a random dust particle burning up in Earth’s atmosphere, trace the streak of light’s path backward. A shower meteor will appear to originate from the constellation Aquarius the Water-bearer.
The Moon reaches perigee, the closest point in its orbit around Earth, at 4:25 a.m. EDT. It then lies 222,097 miles (357,431 kilometers) away from us. Since perigee arrives less than six hours after New Moon, residents of coastal areas can expect to see tides rise higher than normal for the next couple of days.
Saturday, July 14
A slender crescent Moon passes 2° above Mercury in this evening’s sky. Binoculars should deliver the best views of the pair set against a colorful twilight sky.
Sunday, July 15
The Moon moves approximately 13° eastward relative to the starry background every 24 hours, and that motion carries it near Venus this evening. The crescent Moon appears just 2° to the brilliant planet’s right. The stunning duo stands 15° high in the west 45 minutes after sunset. This conjunction provides a nice photo opportunity. If you shoot the twilight scene before 9:30 p.m. local daylight time, you’ll also capture Regulus to the lower right and Mercury even closer to the horizon.
In the Sky This Month
July 7: Venus and Regulus
The evening star has a date with the lion the next couple of nights. They are due west at nightfall. The “evening star” is Venus, our closest planetary neighbor. It will snuggle close to the star Regulus, the heart of Leo, the lion.
July 8: Summer Milky Way
Moon-free summer evenings are the best times of year to catch the splendor of the Milky Way. This hazy band of light represents the combined glow of millions of stars. They outline the disk of the Milky Way galaxy.
July 9: Moon and Aldebaran
The crescent Moon will squeak past the bright star Aldebaran early tomorrow. They will be separated by just a degree or two as they climb into view a couple of hours before sunrise. From northern Minnesota, the Moon will pass in front of the star.
July 10: Sagittarius
The constellation Sagittarius climbs low across the south on summer evenings. Its brightest stars form the outline of a teapot. The center of the Milky Way galaxy lies just above the spout of the teapot, about 27,000 light-years away.
July 11: Solar Highway
The “solar highway” curves low across the south on July evenings, outlining the path the Sun will follow during fall and winter. It is marked by some of the brightest objects in the night sky, including the planets Venus, Jupiter, and Mars.
July 12: Mercury at Elongation
The little planet Mercury stands farthest from the Sun for its current evening appearance tonight. It looks like a fairly bright star quite low in the west as darkness falls.
July 13: Nurseries
Teapot-shaped Sagittarius is in the southeast at nightfall. The steam above the teapot’s spout includes two nebulae that are giving birth to new star clusters: M8 (the Lagoon Nebula) and M20 (the Trifid Nebula).
Your Cosmic Calendar for Saturday, July 7th
All things considered, the first five days of July have not exactly constituted a pleasant walk through the garden of earthly delights. In the place of cheerful exuberance, you may have encountered a fair amount of solar, lunar and planetary interference in social, familial and partnership matters. Don’t allow a new crisis atmosphere to send you to the back of the class with a dunce cap on your head as the last quarter sun-moon phase (activating 15 degrees of Cancer and Aries) becomes exact at 12:52am. Any face-off of 90-degrees between the two lights of the heavens can contribute to crises that need resolution without delay. Helping you tune into notes of harmony and contentment is an uplifting, 72-degree rapport between the sun and Juno (12:55am). This fortuitous solar-Juno interaction occurs only a few hours after last night’s more volatile Juno-Uranus convergence. Travel aboard the love boat to exotic ports of call this evening as a flowing trine between the moon in Aries and Venus in Leo becomes exact at 12:10am tomorrow.
[Note to readers: All times are now calculated for Pacific Daylight Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]
The Witches Current Moon Phase for Saturday, July 7th
Tomorow the Moon will be in a Waning Crescent phase. In this phase the Moon’s illumination is growing smaller each day until the New Moon. During this phase the Moon is getting closer to the Sun as viewed from Earth and the night side of the Moon is facing the Earth with only a small edge of the Moon being illuminated. This phase is best viewed an hour or 2 before the sunrise and can be quite beautiful if you’re willing to get up early. It can also be a great time to see the features of the Moon’s surface. Along the edge where the illuminated portion meets the dark side, the craters and mountains cast long shadows making them easier to observe with a telescope or binoculars.
PHASE DETAILS FOR – SATURDAY, JULY 7, 2018
Moon Age: 23.31 days
Moon Angle: 0.52
Moon Distance: 382,073.02 km
Sun Angle: 0.52
Sun Distance: 152,096,564.81 km
What It Means For You When The Moon Is Waxing & Waning
According to the Astrotwins, this is the cosmos’ not-so-subtle signal for you to get moving. The moon is progressing toward complete fullness, so it’s high time you ask yourself what you’re doing to complete your own goals. Are you setting up the right meetings? Are you saving as much money as you said you would? Are you spending enough time with your BFF? Whatever your plans were for this month, make moves to see them through while the moon is waxing — its energy will fuel your actions.
As the moon recedes and approaches its “new” phase once again, it starts to appear smaller. In the same way that the waxing moon encourages you to be more expansive and outgoing in your actions, the waning moon should turn your mind toward downsizing. Psychic and medium Natalie Kuna suggests evaluating old habits and relationships — is it time to leave them behind or perhaps find a new approach? Or, if you’ve already dealt with the sources of toxicity in your life (nice work!), use this time to recharge and prepare yourself for anything positive that’s coming your way.
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