July 2017 – Where to look for the planets

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Use the finder charts on this page to guide you to where to look for the planets in July 2017.

A few pointers:

  • All planets visible to the unaided eye look like stars. Planets visible to the unaided eye include Mercury, Venus, Earth (look down!), Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.
  • In a telescope, Uranus and Neptune are visible as tiny discs. The dwarf planet Pluto remains looking like a star in even the largest amateur telescope.
  • Stars are shown to magnitude 5 on the charts unless otherwise noted. This is a compromise between what you would see from the light polluted skies of a city (where you will see significantly less stars) and dark country skies (where you will see significantly more stars).
  • Unless otherwise noted, the finder charts are prepared for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. The charts will be useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia.
  • Chart times are given in AEST or Australian Eastern Standard Time. Remember to change for ‘Summer Time’ if this is in force in your location.

1 July 2017 – Moon and Jupiter finder chart – Early evening sky

Moon, Mercury and Regulus (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Leo 'The Lion') finder chart. Chart prepared for 6.30 pm AEST on Tuesday 25 July 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Moon and Jupiter finder chart. Chart prepared for 6.30 pm AEST on Saturday 1 July 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Jupiter’s Galilean Moons are visible through a medium sized pair of binoculars or a small telescope. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

1 July 2017 – Jupiter and Galilean Moons finder chart – Early evening sky

Moon and Jupiter finder chart. Chart prepared for 6.30 pm AEST on Saturday 1 July 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Jupiter's Galilean Moons are visible through a medium sized pair of binoculars or a small telescope. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Jupiter and Galilean Moons finder chart (telescopic view). Chart prepared for 6.30 pm AEST on Saturday 1 July 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Jupiter’s Galilean Moons are visible through a medium sized pair of binoculars or a small telescope. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

7 July 2017 – Moon, Saturn and Antares finder chart – Early evening sky

Moon and Jupiter finder chart. Chart prepared for 6.30 pm AEST on Saturday 1 July 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Jupiter's Galilean Moons are visible through a medium sized pair of binoculars or a small telescope. Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Moon, Saturn and Antares (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius ‘The Scorpion’) finder chart. Chart prepared for 6.30 pm AEST on Friday 7 July 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

20 July 2017 – Moon, Venus and Aldebaran finder chart – Morning twilight sky

Moon, Saturn and Antares (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Scorpius 'The Scorpion') finder chart. Chart prepared for 6.30 pm AEST on Friday 7 July 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Moon, Venus and Aldebaran (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Taurus ‘The Bull’) finder chart. Chart prepared for 5.15 am AEST on Thursday 20 July 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

25 July 2017 – Moon, Mercury and Regulus wide angle finder chart – Early evening sky

Moon, Mercury and Regulus (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Leo 'The Lion') finder chart. Chart prepared for 6.30 pm AEST on Tuesday 25 July 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Moon, Mercury and Regulus (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Leo ‘The Lion’) wide angle finder chart. Chart prepared for 6.30 pm AEST on Tuesday 25 July 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

25 July 2017 – Moon, Mercury and Regulus finder chart – Early evening sky

Mercury, Venus, Uranus and Neptune finder chart. Chart prepared for 5.15 am AEST on Saturday 3 June 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

Moon, Mercury and Regulus (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Leo ‘The Lion’)  finder chart. Chart prepared for 6.30 pm AEST on Tuesday 25 July 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

29 July 2017 – Moon, Jupiter and Regulus finder chart – Early evening sky

Moon, Jupiter and Spica (the brightest star in the ancient Greek constellation Virgo ‘The Virgin’) finder chart. Chart prepared for 6.45 pm AEST on Saturday 29 July 2017 for the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (but will be also useful for elsewhere in Eastern Australia). Chart prepared using the highly recommended Sky Safari Pro tablet app. Used with permission.

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