[size=5][b]VENUS AT MAXIMUM BRIGHTNESS: If you can wake up before sunrise only once this month, make it July 10th. On Friday morning, Venus will be at its maximum brightness, magnitude -4.7. That’s 30 times berighter than Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. Bonus: Venus will be less than 2 degrees from red giant star Aldebaran. Bonus #2: Comet NEOWISE is nearby, too. Sky maps: July 9, 10, 11.
A REALLY GOOD COMET: Comet NEOWISE (C/2020 F3) is not yet a Great Comet. It is, however, Really Good. Rising just before the sun, NEOWISE is visible to the naked eye and has a tail at least 5 degrees long. Jeremy Perez sends this picture from Merriam Crater east of Flagstaff, Arizona:[/b][/size]