Not much change from what i said last month although I have updated and added a few more things that maybe of interest and worth considering.....
Comet 17P/Holmes: has now faded to beyond magnitude 6 and is not Observable as it is in Conjuction with the Sun-I think by now we have all seen the best of that one.
C/2007 Comet Boattini which attained a reasonable Magnitude 9 by the beginning of May this year should return in the very early morning Twilight during mid July this month when it may attain a better Magnitude of 6.9 to 7, it should be a good small Telescope or Binocular object to be observed and picked out probably best to look in the Eastern early morning sky after mid Month around 01.00 Hours U.T in the Constellation of Cetus close to the border of Taurus but from then on it will fade and be beyond magnitude 10 by the end of the Summer around late August so it has not been a very good viewing window for this one either side of the Summer Solistice but its one I will be looking out for during this month-I didn't get to see this in the early part of May in the Western Evening skies but I hope to get to see this one in the early morning skies of July.
Comet Mc Naught 2008 A1 is brightning in the Southern Skies in the Consellation of Puppis and may become magnitude 7.6 during the latter part of September but will still remain a Southern sky Comet
Another Comet that may become Binocular Bright in 2009 of next year is Comet C/ N3 Lulin which will become Observable after the new year 2009 in January in the early morning skies around magnitude 8 becoming Binocular bright in the Winter skies of Feburary whilst entering the Evening skies around the 12th of that month and becoming a good viewing Object around magnitude 5.9 on the 20th moving from Virgo into Leo and not starting to fade much before mid March when it will be Magnitude 8.5.
There are still around 16 other Comets worldwide to be observed by amature astronomers at the moment but with Magnitude ranges of 11 to 14 are a little too faint to be seen in the Summer twilight skies for us amature Observers.
As I have reported once before if I do see and Observe any of these Comets I will send out text and Email alerts to notify Observers in where best to look for these Comets once they appear.
Jupiter: at opposition on 9th July (tomorrow) now well placed in the late evening skies to the South East and South-worth looking through a smal telescope to see its Galilean Moons that continually dance around the planet.
THE MOON: New Moon occured on 3rd July, First quarter will be on the 10th July, full Moon will occur on the 18th July, last quarter occurs on the 25th July and new Moon is on 1st of August making it 2 new Moons in the Month of August with the last new Moon occuring on 30th August.
Moonweek: will be 20th July to 26th July in 2009 to celebrate 40th anniversary of the Moon landings which will be in a years time (planning-ideas for Lyra?)
and also 2009 will be the International year of Astronomy (ideas?)
I.S.S Will be better seen in the latter part of this Month and there will be some good late evening passes worth looking out for towards the end of this Month into early August depending on how it is boosted to keep its Orbit-there are hardly any passes for August though.
LIGHTING UP TIMES: (all times BST)
16th July will be 21.40 Hours
31st July will be 21.19 Hours
16th August will be 20.50 Hours
31st August will be 20.18 Hours
Good Clear skies.....