As if Mercury moving backward isn’t enough, July is going to get even wilder for sky watchers. Three more big astronomical happenings are coming up next month — dueling meteor showers and a lunar eclipse. The lunar eclipse starts at roughly 11pm July 4. And on July 5, the moon passes extremely close to Jupiter and Saturn. The trio will be packed together so tightly that they may even appear as one to those looking through telescopes or binoculars. A week later, Jupiter and Saturn will blaze in the sky as they will “reach opposition, or the point in their orbits when they are closest to the Earth.” Perhaps the most spectacular starry display will take place July 28 and 29 when both the Alpha Capricornids and the southern Delta Aquarids showers peak on the same nights, adding a double dose of natural fireworks.
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