JULY SKY VIEWING SOUTHERN AFRICA
This is an image of the Southern Skies above Chaiwa Camp , southern Zambia in early July 2015 .( Courtesy of Starry Night Pro software )
The image shows a highlighted Centuar , with the wolf facing his spear on the left and the scorpion to the left of the wolf . In the bottom left of the image is Saggitarius , the Archer , with Corona Australis , the southern crown to his right . Above the scorpion and left is Ophiuchus . The top right corner shows Hydra , the water serpent ( above the tail is Corvus , the Crow , then the Crater and right of that the Sextans . The bottom right hand corner portrays part of the great ship Argos which consists of four constellations, Vela ( The sail ), Carina ( The Keel ) , Pyxis ( the Compass ) and Puppis ( The Poop Deck ) .
The above image is from July 2014 at Chiawa Camp and represents the typical winter night sky around the Southern Cross .Click on image to enlarge .
(Credit – Starry Night Pro software )
The winter sky in Southern Africa is amazing with countless interesting things to observe .
Full moon this month will fall on the 12th July .
The moon will be at its closest position to the earth (perigree) on 13th July at 358 300km ,
and will be at its furthest point for the month ( apogee ) on 28th July at 406 600 km .