Moon Dances
For the Northern Hemisphere
July 1 - July 30, 2011

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All times are local unless otherwise specified.


Night Sky Visitors ...

My 2011 sabbatical continues. In this abbreviated edition of Moon Dances I offer a Moon Table below and the following links to keep you looking up and tuned to the wonders above.

Susan Sun


Look Up! The Moon, waxing and waning, impressively promenades across the dark sky, partnering with the sparkling stars and glowing planets. Who is the Moon dancing with tonight?

7/1 ~ New Moon ~ Partial Solar Eclipse
7/2-8 ~ The Young Moon Grows
EarthSky Tonight
This Week's Sky at a Glance
Monthly Sky Calendars +
AstroViewer Interactive Sky Map
San Francisco Whole Sky Chart (8:00pm = 20:00)
Whole Sky Chart for Your Area
Cancer Night Sky 6/21-7/22
Leo Night Sky 7/22-8/23
The Night Sky ~ Home Page


Current Phase of the Moon

Click on the Moon links for meditative insights and additional information.

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New Waxing Crescent First
Full Waning Gibbous


7 / 1 / 11   7 / 7 / 11   7 / 14 /11   7 / 22 / 11  
1:54amPDT 11:29mPDT 11:40pmPDT 10:02pmPDT
8:54 UT 7 / 8 / 11 7 / 15 /11 7 / 23 / 11
  06:29 UT 06:40 UT  05:02 UT

Note: When the right side of the Moon is illuminated, the Moon is increasing or waxing. When the left side illuminated, the Moon is decreasing or waning. (Of course, this only works in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere the effect is just the opposite!)

Moon and Sun Data
One Specific Day
One Year Table
Sunrise Sunset Calendars

Rise/Set/Transit Times ~ Major Bodies

UT Time Conversion


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New Moon ~ Partial Solar Eclipse ~ Reflections

With every New Moon our soul goes into meditation and aligns with the inspiration of the Nirmanakayas; a potential is enlivened and a seed of consciousness is formed deep within. Take some time to create a sacred space. A new cycle is beginning.

Note: This New Moon solar eclipse is the third of a triad of eclipses in 2011, June 1 (partial solar eclipse), June 15 (total lunar eclipse), July 1 (partial solar eclipse). Eclipse Frequency ~ How to Deal with Eclipses

Commencement, Cooperation & Communication
Nick Fiorenza gives insight to this lunar cycle.
"This lunar cycle marks a turning point ... It is a time of
getting off the fence of indecision ... That which we put into action
now may precede and prepare us for greater events to come."

Animated Partial Eclipse of the Sun
July 1, 2011 at 1:54am PDT (8:54 UT)
"This partial eclipse can only be seen from the
[Antarctic] ocean. It is an almost insignificant
eclipse for the maximum obscuration is 9.7%."

This Solar Eclipse (squared by Saturn and Uranus, opposite Pluto) sparks the Cardinal Grand Cross. Pulled in multiple directions, we're fighting all the way ... Tender and vulnerable in the sign of Cancer, we make bold changes while fearing that we're "not ready". ... assertive, enterprising and creative ... [vs] ... ruthless, self-seeking and opportunistic. Jacqueline Lasahn / Facebook AstroFlash 6/29/11

The new Moon solar eclipse forms a grand cross with the cardinal energies we’ve been dealing with since last summer, energies that harken back to the 60s. Yes, that was the new birth that began it all, and now this eclipse is going to re-charge our emotional bodies with that dynamic energy of change and revolution. ... Despite various world-wide crises, we need to stay grounded in the Earth’s energy, whose present story is that of the Sacred Marriage of Heaven and Earth. Stay tuned to this story and you’ll discover the new story being born in you. Cathy Pagano

Cancer 2011Global Meditation
This meditation, which culminates at the
Full Moon in Cancer, begins with this New Moon.

Btw: In July there are 2 New Moons, July 1 and July 30. According to modern folklore, when there are two Full Moons in a month, we call the second a Blue Moon. But what do you call the second New Moon in a month? Years ago asked its readers to make a suggestion. Troy Silvey of Atlanta, Georgia came up with the winning name –– Ebony Moon.


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The Young Moon Grows

Image: © Sky & Telescope / Sky at a Glance 7/1-9 2011

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Mercury is becoming better placed for observers at mid-northern latitudes; look low above the west to west-northwest horizon as the glow of sunset fades, as shown below. This evening, can you spot the thin crescent Moon below Mercury about a half hour after sunset? Bring binoculars.

The waxing Moon this month again passes under Virgo with Saturn and Spica. [7/6-8 Map]    Sky at a Glance 7/1-9 2011

More Maps of the waxing Moon in early July can be found here. Just scroll down to Mercury and Saturn to find the map links.

Happy Aphelion Day!



Look below the sunset sky map on the Fourth of July page for meditative reflections. Enjoy the inner and outer fireworks!


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May your Night Sky traveling always be filled
with Celestial Delights and Treats!
Susan Sun


Getting Started in Astronomy
Includes a downloadable Moon map and bimonthly star charts.

At download a current monthly guide, evening sky map & calendar.

Link to Sky and Telescope's This Week's Sky at a Glance. keeps you looking up!

Online Schools
A space and science study guide for kids


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