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The 2015 Bootleg Star Party is in the History Books!   Everyone who attended had a great time!  Thank You to those who supported the Star Party! 

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Upcoming Observing Highlights for July 2015   (from skymaps.com)
1 Venus 0.34 SW of Jupiter (42 from Sun, evening sky) at 3h UT. Mags. -4.4 and -1.8. Spectacular! Look to the west after sunset.
Venus aligns with Jupiter (Skymaps)
2 Full Moon at 2:20 UT. The first of two Full Moons this month.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
5 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 19h UT (367,093 km; angular size 32.6').
6 Earth at Aphelion (farthest from Sun) at 20h UT. The Sun- Earth distance is 1.016682 a.u. or about 152.1 million km.
Earth at Aphelion (SpaceWeather.com)
Photographic Size Comparison (Anthony Ayiomamitis)
8 Last Quarter Moon at 20:24 UT.
9 Moon very near Uranus (86 from Sun, morning sky) at 3h UT. Mag. +5.9.
12 Moon near the Pleiades (morning sky) at 0h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
12 Venus at its brightest at 5h UT. Mag. -4.5.
12 Moon near Aldebaran (morning sky) at 18h UT.
14 Pluto Flyby: NASA's New Horizons probe will flyby Pluto and its five moons at 11:50 UT. Follow the encounter at http://pluto.jhuapl.edu
16 New Moon at 1:24 UT. Start of lunation 1145.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
16 Venus, Jupiter and Regulus within a circle of diameter 5.6 (34 from Sun, evening sky) at 11h UT. Mags. -4.5, -1.7, and +1.3.
18 Moon near Jupiter (evening sky) at 15h UT.
18 Moon, Venus and Jupiter within a circle of diameter 5.9 (31 from Sun, evening sky) at 16h UT. Mags. -4.5 & -1.7. Regulus is nearby.
19 Moon very near Venus (34 from Sun, evening sky) at 1h UT. Mag. -4.5. Spectacular! Visible worldwide. Occultation visible from the South Pacific Ocean.
19 Moon, Venus and Regulus within a circle of diameter 3.2 (34 from Sun, evening sky) at 1h UT.
21 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 11h UT (distance 404,836 km; angular size 29.5').
23 Moon near Spica (evening sky) at 14h UT.
24 First Quarter Moon at 4:04 UT.
26 Moon near Saturn (evening sky) at 7h UT. Mag. +0.4.
31 Full Moon at 10:43 UT. A second Full Moon in a calendar month is sometimes called a "Blue Moon".
Blue Moon (Wikipedia)
>>> All times Universal Time (UT).    USA Central Standard Time = UT-6 hours.  (DST = UT-5 hrs,)


Zodiacal Light is caused by sunlight reflected off meteoric dust in the plane of the solar system. Choose a clear, moonless night, about 1-2 hours after sunset, and look for a large triangular-shaped glow extending up from the horizon (along the ecliptic). The best months to view the Zodiacal Light is when the ecliptic is almost vertical at the horizon: March and April (evening) and October-November (morning); times reversed for the southern hemisphere.
Zodiacal Light (Wikipedia)
Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD)
Photographing the Zodiacal Light (Weatherscapes)