Jupier, Venus conjunction 2015

At the end of the month June the brightest planets Jupiter and Venus have reached their minimum apparent separation of less than half degree (Full Moon diameter).

Conjunction of the planets as seen on 30. june 2015. Image exposition of 5 sec.

A day later, the planets have changed their position in the sky quite noticeably.

Conjunction of the planets as seen on 1. july 2015. Longer exposition that lasted 25 sec.
Unfortunately this is not a very bright meteor, just both planets setting behind a nearby hill. They were barely visible by naked eye, but the long exposure reveals their path between the clouds that were present on the horizon. For this image exposition lasted almost 4 minutes.

Sky this month – July 2015

Here is a list of astronomical events for given month. Location dependent events listed here are visible from central Europe.

July 2015:

1 – Conjunction of the bright planes Jupiter and Venus at 9:00UT. The smallest apparent angular distance between them will be less than half a degree.

5 – Full Moon.

6 – Comet C/2014 Q1 (PANSTARRS) at perihelion. Comet at its brightest, could be very bright and reach naked eye visibility at magnitude +4.

6 – Planet Pluto reaches opposition at 15:00 UT.

9 – Conjunction between the Moon and Uranus, they are separated less than half a degree.

16 – Flyby of planet Pluto by New Horizons spacecraft.

16 – New Moon.

25 – Asteroid (1) Ceres at opposition, shining at +7.1 magnitude. Even more interesting as the Dawn spacecraft is making closeup images of this asteroid at the same time.

26 – Comet C/2015 F4 (Jacques) at its brightest.

30 – δ-Aquariids (SDA) meteor shower peaks at ZRH 16.

30 – Second full Moon in this month, also called the Blue Moon.

V404 Cyg X-ray nova and low mass X-ray binary (LMXB) with black hole component V404 Cyg in rare outburst, the first reported after the outburst in year 1989.

AG Peg The symbiotic variable AG Peg is in outburst, the first one observed since its only known outburst, which occurred in 1860-1870.