MARSHALL'S NIGHT SKY THIS WEEK - July 8th to July 14th

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MARSHALL'S NIGHT SKY THIS WEEK - July 8th to July 14th


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MARSHALL'S NIGHT SKY THIS WEEK - July 8th to July 14th

We are proud to present you with another edition of Marshall's night sky events this week! Welcome, we hope you find something of interest! Let us know in the replies if you did, we would love to hear about it! We have also started a look back at events this week in history, hope you enjoy the new segment.

Let's get started by examining the highlights of the night sky this week, July 8th to July 14th. As usual we will list the highlights and discuss a few. We hope you find this info useful and if you have anything you wish to discuss or add, please hit the "Reply" button below and let us know!

Information is freely gathered from various websites. We would encourage you to download and print your finder charts more specific to your location, the charts/graphics included are for basic guidance only. Many websites like will allow you to download and print out a free planisphere for each month, the link is here:


8th July

9th July

10th July
Venus at perihelion.

11th July

12th July
Moon at apogee (404,362 km, 251,259 miles) at 8:00 UT.

13th July
Double shadow on Jupiter at 12:09 UT (Europa & Io).
First quarter Moon at 22:49 UT.
Lunar X and V peak at 02:30 UT.

14th July
Spica 0.9* south of Moon at 3:00 UT.


In the evening sky all month long, approaching Earth but fading in brightness. It starts the month off at mag. -0.6 and loses a full magnitude by months end.
The best evening apparition in 2024 for southern hemisphere observers.

Begins to re-emerge into the evening sky all month long, doubling its elognation from the Sun at 7.5* on the 1st to 15*on the 31st.

Continues its climb on the ecliptic and brightening, passing the border from Aries into Taurus on the 11th. Compare its red hue to nearby Aldebaran and Betelgeuse.

Continues its rise on the Eastern horizon at Sunrise this month and becoming ever more prominent in the morning twilight.

Is visible and starting to get higher in the East pre dawn sky.

Continues to rise in the morning sky in the constellation of Taurus.

Is visible in the overnight and morning hours in the constellation of Pisces.


Four Magnitude 11 and brighter comets in the northern and southern hemispheres this week.

Magnitude: 6.7, steady
Coma Diameter: 3.0', Tail Length: 5.0'
RA: 09h 02m 14s Decl: +42° 03’ 33” in Lynx (enter your location)

Magnitude: 7.8, dimming
Coma Diameter: 4.0', Tail Length: n/a
RA: 08h 20m 43s Decl: -38° 22’ 27” in Puppis (enter your location)

C/2023 A3 (Tsuchinshan-ATLAS)
Magnitude: 10.7, brightening
Coma Diameter: 2.3' Tail Length: 15.0'
RA: 11h 12m 31s Decl: +02° 29’ 26” in Leo (enter your location)

C/2023 V4 (Camarasa-Duszanowicz)
Magnitude: 10.7, dimming
Coma Diameter: 3.0' Tail Length: n/a
RA: 09h 23m 16s Decl: +58° 48’ 53” in Ursa Major (enter your location)


Zeta Herculis - An unequal binary pair with a highly eccentric 35 year orbit. Currently at maximum separation. Zeta Herculis is the star at the bottom right of the Hercules keystone asterism. And for a bonus point, can you spot the Minor Planet Pallas passing by to the south of Zeta Herculis? It will be at opposition on the 19th June.

Sirius - Have you ever tried for Sirius B? Sirius A and B are now at their widest apparent separation in their 50-year orbit, 11 arcseconds apart, and will remain so for the next couple years before they start closing up again.

T Coronae Borealis - A star system, located 3,000 light-years away from Earth, is predicted to become visible to the unaided eye soon. This could be a once-in-a-lifetime viewing opportunity as the nova outburst only occurs about every 80 years. T Coronae Borealis, or T CrB, last exploded in 1946 and astronomers believe it will do so again between February and September 2024. Once in a lifetime event! Plan ahead just in case! Full article here. The TSS TCrB Citizen Science Thread is here.


July 8 Falcon 9 • Türksat 6A
Launch time: Window 5:20-9:43 p.m. EDT (2120-0143 UTC)
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Türksat 6A communications satellite for the Turkish operator Türksat. Türksat 6A is the first geostationary communications satellite to be built in Turkey, with development led by TÜBİTAK Space Technologies Research Institute and Turkish Aerospace Industries. It will operate at the 42° East orbital position. Delayed from 2nd Quarter 2023 and March 2024. Moved up from July 9.

July 8/9 Falcon 9 • Starlink 9-3
Launch time: Window opens at 7:46 p.m. PDT (10:46 p.m. EDT, 0246 UTC)
Launch site: SLC-4E, Vandenberg Space Force Base, California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a batch of Starlink V2 Mini satellites into low Earth orbit. A little more than eight minutes after liftoff, the first stage booster will land on the SpaceX droneship, ‘Of Course I Still Love You.’

July 9 Ariane 6 • Inaugural launch
Launch time: 3-7 p.m. GFT (2-6 p.m. EDT, 1900-2300 UTC)
Launch site: Europe's Spaceport, French Guiana
Arianespace and the European Space Agency (ESA) will launch an Ariane 6 rocket on its inaugural flight from the European Spaceport in French Guiana. The rocket will carry two reentry capsules along with several other satellites, which will be deployed over three separate periods. Following satellite deployment, the upper stage will perform a deorbit burn to help prevent it from becoming orbital debris.

July 10 Falcon 9 • Transporter-11
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-4E, Vandenberg Space Force Base, California
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch dozens of satellites to a sun-synchronous orbit on the company’s 11th such rideshare mission. Among the payloads are the European Space Agency’s Arctic Weather Satellite, UK-based Surrey Satellites’ Tyche satellite for the UK Space Command, Japan-based iQPS’ QPS-SAR No. 8 satellite and U.S.-based Planet Labs’ Tanager-1 satellite.

July Atlas 5 • USSF 51
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-41, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
A United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, designated AV-101, will launch the USSF 51 mission for the U.S. Space Force. This mission will launch an undisclosed payload for the military.

July Falcon 9 • Polaris Dawn
Launch time: TBD
Launch site: SLC-40, Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch a Crew Dragon spacecraft. The Polaris Dawn mission will be commanded by billionaire Jared Isaacman, making his second trip to space. He will be joined on the all-private mission by pilot Scott “Kidd” Poteet, and SpaceX employees Sarah Gillis and Anna Menon. The Crew Dragon will return to a splashdown at sea. Delayed from November and December 2022, March 2023, April 2024 and early summer 2024.


We highly recommend using "Spot the Station" from NASA to find out when the International Space station will be passing over your location. This is a fun object to see flying high above, try using binoculars here, lots of fun!

For the HAM radio enthusiasts among you, please keep a eye on the ARISS website for upcoming contacts or SSTV broadcasts for when the International Space Station is within range. There are several HAMS on board the ISS, they should have a busy radio schedule coming up. AMSAT are another great resource in this regard.

This video is from the ISS live feed on YouTube. Watch live video from the International Space Station, including inside views when the crew aboard the space station is on duty. Views of Earth are also streamed from an external camera located outside of the space station. During periods of signal loss due to handover between communications satellites, a blue screen is displayed.


8th July
182 years ago, in 1842, Francis Baily of the United Kingdom, at an eclipse in Italy, focuses attention on the corona and prominences and identifies them as part of the Sun's atmosphere.
48 years ago, in 1976, Palapa A1 is launched, becoming the first Indonesian communications satellite.
45 years ago, in 1979, Adrastea, an inner moon of Jupiter, is the first moon discovered by images from a spacecraft, Voyager 2.
30 years ago, in 1994, aboard the shuttle Columbia (STS-65), Chiaki Mukai becomes the first Japanese woman to go to space.
13 years ago, in 2011, the final flight of the American Space Shuttle program is flown with Atlantis (STS-135 ), bringing to the ISS the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module, Raffaello.

9th July
62 years ago, in 1962, Starfish Prime, a high-altitude nuclear test conducted by the U.S. with a W49 thermonuclear warhead, becomes the largest man-made nuclear explosion in outer space.
45 years ago, in 1979, Voyager 2 flies by Jupiter.

10th July
62 years ago, in 1962, Telstar 1 is launched, becoming the first privately sponsored space launch (AT&T).
61 years ago, in 1963, last contact is made with Explorer 17.
32 years ago, in 1992, the Giotto probe passes Comet Grigg-Skjellerup at a distance of 200 km (124 miles); the first craft to do a close flyby of two comets.
19 years ago, in 2005, JAXA's fifth cosmic X-ray satellite, Suzaku (ASTRO-E2) is launched successfully, and carries a new type of X-ray spectrometer, the X-ray micro-calorimeter.
14 years ago, in 2010, the Rosetta probe flies by asteroid Lutetia.

11th July
45 years ago, in 1979, Skylab burns up in the Earth's atmosphere.
34 years ago, in 1990, Gamma, a Soviet/French gamma ray telescope, is launced, but the telescope fails soon after launch.
33 years ago, in 1991, astronomers observe the total eclipse from Mauna Kea on Hawaii, making sensitive radio and infrared measurements of the solar chromosphere and obtaining high-resolution optical images of the corona and prominences.
28 years ago, in 1996, after 35 years, Pioneer 6 is commanded to switch to its backup primary transmitter, and the signal is re-acquired.

12th July
36 years ago, in 1988, the Soviet Union launches Phobos 2 to Mars.
24 years ago, in 2000, the Zvezda Service Module is launched to the ISS aboard a Russian Proton-K rocket.
18 years ago, in 2006, Genesis I, an experimental space habitat built by Bigelow Aerospace, is successfully launched from Dombarovsky Air Base, Russia.

13th July
55 years ago, in 1969, Luna 15 is launched to the Moon; the second Soviet attempt to bring back soil from the surface.
29 years ago, in 1995, the Galileo spacecraft releases its atmospheric entry probe to study Jupiters atmosphere.
19 years ago, in 2005, the Cassini probe discovers the south pole of Enceladus is almost crater free, with warm fractures in the surface and a cloud of water vapour extending into space.
5 years ago, in 2019, Spektr-RG, a Russian–German high-energy astrophysics space observatory, is launched.

14th July
57 years ago, in 1967, Surveyor 4 is launched for the Moon.
12 years ago, in 2012, the Kepler space telescope's first reaction wheel fails.
9 years ago, in 2015, New Horizons becomes the first spacecraft to visit Pluto.

And that is it for the upcoming week. We hope you can all get out and do some observing, sketching and imaging.

Clear skies!

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Thanks to the team for posting.

Reference Sirius - if you can block it out of your FOV you might have a shot at open cluster Gaia 1

From Wikipedia
"Gaia 1 is an open cluster of stars discovered in 2017 by astronomers using data from the Gaia Space Observatory. It is a high-mass and bright cluster, but remained unseen in prior astronomy due to veiling glare in ordinary telescopes overwhelmed by the star Sirius, which lies 10 arcmins west.[2] Its half-light radius is about 29 light-years (9 pc), assuming a distance of 15,000 light-years (4,600 pc), and it has an estimated mass of about 22,000 M☉.[1] "

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SKEtrip wrote: Mon Jul 08, 2024 2:01 am Reference Sirius - if you can block it out of your FOV you might have a shot at open cluster Gaia 1

Cheers for that SKE. Great link.

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Thanks for continuing this update! I know Marshall would appreciate!!

Now all I need are clear skies!!

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