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Milky Way lights the night sky in July

Spot Pluto and see the Milky Way and planets all month long.

Saturn and Mars grace the summer sky just after sunset in the west looking toward Sooke Hills. Saturn is above and just to the south of Mars.

Early risers will see Venus and Mercury 30 minutes before dawn in the east looking toward Mount Baker. There will be some shooting stars in the southern sky looking towards Port Angeles. Catch a historic meetup between dwarf planet Ceres and asteroid Vesta. They’re super-close to one another all month long.

At Cattle Point Urban Star Park, away from light pollution, our Milky Way Galaxy will look wonderful all month long. It rises in the Eastern Sky towards Mount Baker just two hours after sunset. By midnight the Milky Way will span the sky from north to south.

Dark Skies to all friends of Cattle Point Star Park.

This summary is from NASA announcer and astronomer Jane Houston Jones. For more information on each event, NASA video and sky map go to cattlepointstarpark.org.

- Bill Smith, Volunteer at Cattle Point dark sky Urban Star Park

 

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