SKYLINE for July 2014

Compiled by the Noble Planetarium Staff

Upcoming Sky Events

Though the temperature here in Texas always seems to be hotter each summer, did you know that the Earth is in fact further away from the Sun during the months of June and July? 

The seasons here on Earth are caused by the 23.5 degree tilt of the planet, not the distance of the Earth from the Sun. So though each year the Earth at it's furthest from the Sun in July, because the Earth is tilted towards the Sun we have the season called summer and warmer temperatures.

This year on July 3rd the Earth will be roughly 94,551,426 miles away from the Sun.

Check out these great sources for more information:

Our next Star Party is:
August 2, 2014
 Sunset till 11 p.m.
Location:  Fort Worth Museum of Science and History South Parking Lot.

Fort Worth Astronomical Society

This local group will help you find the answers to all your astronomy related questions. Come meet them this month.

July 15, 2014
7:00 PM
UNT Health Sci. Center Rm 110

What's happening in the Planetarium?

Public Planetarium presentations are now included in each Museum Exhibits Admission Fee. The Planetarium is open daily.

Live Star Talks Thursdays!!
Come every Thursday afternoon to learn about the night sky of tonight in our Noble Planetarium!

Summer Show times!
Our Planetarium shows will be listed on the Museums Calendar on the website.Each day will feature two different shows across eight show times. Please check in advance what shows will be showing on the day of your visit. Thanks!

Planetary Postings

  • Venus & Mercury – Venus will rise early in the morning sky, and sit side by side by the Moon on July 24th.  Mercury briefly appear in the morning sky near Venus around mid July, and will then disappear from sight in early August.

  • Mars – Rises in the constellation of Virgo. The Moon and Mars will sit side by side on July 5th.

  • Jupiter – Will not be easily visible in the sky until mid August when it will rise in the early morning sky near Venus.

  • Saturn – Will be near Mars in the southern horizon all summer. The Moon and Saturn will sit side by side on July 7th

Lunar Line-up:             

First Quarter:      July 5

Full Moon:           July 12

Last Quarter:      July 19

New Moon:         July 26

Star Parties for 2014

Sunset till 11 p.m. in the Museum's South Parking lot except in October.

March 8 | April 5 | May 10 | June 7 | July 5 | August 2 | September 6 | October 4, Stars over Euless | November 1

If you would like a fun way to navigate the night sky just go to: Uncle Al provides free and easy to use star wheels that you can download and print at home.

For more information about the night sky, contact the Noble Planetarium at 817-255-9409 or

Fun Fact
The full length feature films over on the Quick Turn Reel Unit, added in Sept. 2005, can hold a two and a half hour movie, weighing in at over 700 pounds and stretching over 9 miles long!

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