Planets next to the moon in the night sky in July 2024

When the moon and planet meet on our sky’s dome, it is called their conjunction in astronomy. 

The moon will meet Saturn on the morning of July 24, Mars on the morning of July 30, Jupiter on the morning of July 31, and Mercury on the morning of September 1. Details are given below.

Saturn next to the moon on the morning of July 24

Saturn next to the waning gibbous moon on the morning of July 24, 2024
Saturn next to the waning gibbous moon on the morning of July 24, 2024. (Image credit: Stellarium)

Saturn will be visible very close to the 89% illuminated waning gibbous moon on the morning of July 24, 2024.

The moon and Saturn will rise together before midnight. So look in the southern sky in the early morning hours preceding sunrise to see the moon and Saturn.

Saturn looks golden in the sky because its rings reflect more sunlight due to their high phase angle.

The loneliest star in the southern sky, Fomalhaut, will be seen below the moon and Saturn on the morning of July 24, 2024.

Mars next to the moon on the morning of July 30

Mars next to the waning crescent moon on the morning of July 30, 2024
Mars next to the waning crescent moon on the morning of July 30, 2024. (Image credit: Stellarium)

Mars will be visible very close to the 26% illuminated waning crescent moon on the morning of July 30, 2024.

The moon and Mars will rise together in the pre-dawn hours of July 30, 2024. So look low in the eastern sky in the early morning hours preceding sunrise to see the moon and Mars.

Mars looks reddish in the sky due to the presence of a huge amount of iron oxide on its surface.

You will see not only Mars but also Jupiter on the morning of July 30, 2024. Jupiter will be visible to the lower left of the moon and Mars.

Jupiter next to the moon on the morning of July 31

Jupiter next to the waning crescent moon on the morning of July 31, 2024
Jupiter next to the waning crescent moon on the morning of July 31, 2024. (Image credit: Stellarium)

Jupiter will be visible very close to the 17% illuminated waning crescent moon on the morning of July 31, 2024.

The moon and Jupiter will rise together in the pre-dawn hours of July 4, 2024. So look low in the eastern sky in the early morning hours preceding sunrise to see the moon and Jupiter.

Jupiter will be the brightest object in the morning sky except the moon. It will shine with a magnitude of -2.0 on the morning of July 4, 2024.

The reddish star Aldebaran, also called Bull’s Eye, will be visible to the right of the moon and Jupiter on the morning of July 4, 2024. Aldebaran is the brightest star in the constellation Taurus, the Bull.

Mercury next to the moon on the morning of September 1

Mercury next to the waning crescent moon on the morning of September 1, 2024
Mercury next to the waning crescent moon on the morning of September 1, 2024. (Image credit: Stellarium)

Mercury will be visible very close to the 2% illuminated waning crescent moon on the morning of September 1, 2024.

The moon and Mercury will rise together at dawn on September 1, 2024. So look in the morning twilight to see the moon and Mercury.

Mercury will be easier to spot in the northern hemisphere than in the southern hemisphere for this morning apparition.

In the northern hemisphere, it will climb a decent height above the horizon before sunrise due to the higher slope of the ecliptic.

You need a self-guiding telescope to see the phase of Mercury. On that day, Mercury will be in its waxing crescent phase and 30% illuminated.

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