July 18, 2018
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The Old Farmer's Almanac For Kids
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TODAY'S RISE AND SET
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SUNRISE

5:23 A.M.

MOONRISE

11:49 A.M.

SUNSET

8:17 P.M.

MOONSET

Next Day

JULY SKY EVENTS

Venus grows brighter but sinks lower in the west. Mercury is low at twilight during the first half of the month, between Venus and the sunset point. Earth reaches its annual far point from the Sun, aphelion, on the 6th. The Moon performs wonderfully close conjunctions this month, passing very near Mercury on the 14th, close to Venus on the 15th, above Jupiter on the 20th, close above Saturn on the 24th, and above Mars on the 27th. Mars is the headliner; on the 27th, it reaches its closest opposition since 2003. It is nearest on the 31st, at a stunning magnitude -2.8, which is brighter than Jupiter. But its low location, even at midnight, may make its fine 24-arcsecond disk smudgy through telescopes.

MOON PHASES FOR THIS WEEK

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FULL MOON NAMES

January

Full Wolf Moon

February

Full Snow Moon

March

Full Worm Moon

April

Full Pink Moon

May

Full Flower Moon

June

Full Strawberry Moon

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FASCINATING FACT

The aphelion is the point in a planet's orbit that is farthest from the Sun. This happens in July for Earth, when the Sun's intensity is about 7 percent less than when we're closest to it (at a point called the perihelion, which occurs in January). It's the tilt of Earth's axis, not how close it is to the Sun, that affects our seasonal temperature.

This month:

FULL BUCK
MOON

Full Moon: July 27, 4:20 P.M.(Eastern Time)

Some Native American tribes referred to July's full Moon as the Full Buck Moon, because bucks are growing antlers this month. This full Moon was also known as the Full Thunder Moon, because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month.

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SEASONS

For centuries, people have watched the sky for the changes of seasons and then celebrated with colorful rituals.

Tell Us how you celebrate the different seasons?

Solstices and Equinoxes

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Travel in Time
Visit these ancient seasonal markers:

Stonehenge, England

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Chichén Itzá Mexico

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Chaco Canyon

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CATCH SATURN'S RINGS

Saturn will be especially visible in 2031. Click here if you can't wait.

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Once Upon a Moon...

What image do you see in the full Moon?
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GIANT JUPITER

Jupiterís surface is covered clouds of many colors--red, brown, yellow, and white! The clouds move in light and dark bands around the planet. See Jupiter rotating!

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Did You Know?
On a clear night look up at the sky and connect some stars to create an original constellation. Make up a story about it and share it with other kids.Tell Us


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