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Three astronomical events this month begin with a lunar eclipse on July 4

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(WJW) – July should be an exciting month for astronomy fans.

There will be three important events taking place in the sky starting with a lunar eclipse on July 4.

Check it out:

1.) Prenumbral lunar eclipse

This July 4, Clevelanders can expect to see a penumbral lunar eclipse, i.e. when the moon passes through the outer edge of the Earth’s shadow.

Apparently, this type of eclipse can be difficult to differentiate from just a normal full moon, but that doesn’t mean it’s less amazing to look at.

The eclipse is expected to occur from 11:07 p.m. on the holiday to 1:52 a.m. on July 5.

2.) Jupiter and Saturn reach maximum brightness

According to AccuWeather.com, Jupiter and Saturn will shine brighter in July than at any other time this year. In the middle of the month, the planets “will reach the opposition or the point of their orbit when they are closest to Earth”.

Many will be able to see the planets even without a telescope.

AccuWeather.com reports that Jupiter will reach opposition on July 14 and Saturn on July 20.

3.) Two meteor showers

At the end of July, many will see not one, but two meteor showers.

The Alpha Capricornids and Delta Aquarids showers will reach their peak the same night: the night of July 28 to July 29, according to AccuWeather.

As a bonus, the Alpha Capricornids produces “a number of brilliant fireballs produced during its period of activity”, according to American Meteor Society.

Up to 20 meteors can be visible per hour that night. The best time to watch will be after 1 a.m. after the moon sets.

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