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Volume 23 -- Issue 7
Planet Watch -- July 2017

Mercury is visible over the western horizon after sunset for nearly the entire month, however it will be better placed, higher above the horizon, for observers in the southern hemisphere.
Venus is visible over the eastern horizon before sunrise for the entire month. Can't miss it!
Mars is too close to the Sun and by the 27th will be on the opposite side of the Sun at superior conjunction.
Jupiter is over the southwestern horizon at sunset local time and remains very visible for the entire month gradually moving further west each day, and closer to the time of sunset.
Saturn rises an hour or two after sunset local time and remains visible all night setting before sunrise.

Dwarf Planet Ceres rises earlier each morning moving west away from the Sun - actually it is the Sun's apparent and faster motion to the easts that is increasing the seperation between the two. Watch on the morning of the 15th for Ceres to be within about 0.3o from the open star cluster. Here is a simulated view using 10x50 binoculars. For reference the apparent magnitudes for a couple of stars as well as Ceres are shown. Given the time of morning, how low they are above the horizon, and Ceres at 8th magnitude makes it probably doubtful that Ceres will be seen. Maybe with a camera?