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See the constellation Scutum the Shield

Scutum has only has 4 stars that make up the constellation outline, but it’s noticeable in a dark sky because a rich region of the Milky Way is behind it.

Watch for Delta Aquariid meteors

They’re the reason it’s fun to begin watching for meteors in late July. The Delta Aquarid shower is long and rambling and overlaps with the Perseids.

See Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown

Corona Borealis looks like the letter C. A dark sky is best for seeing this faint semi-circle of stars.

Star of the week: Vega

One of the prettiest stories in all skylore surrounds this star. “On the 7th night of the 7th moon … “

Sun enters Cancer on July 20

You might know that the sun enters the sign of Cancer every year at the June solstice. It enters the constellation Cancer a month later, on or near July 20.

Venus, moon, Aldebaran before dawn

Look in the east for the brightest starlike object in the sky. That’ll be Venus. Aldebaran is the bright star nearby. The moon will be passing through the next few mornings!

Deneb and Cygnus the Swan

The star Deneb in its constellation Cygnus the Swan are part of the famous Summer Triangle.

Altair and Aquila the Eagle

In the east, after dark on July evenings, look for the bright star Altair fairly close to the horizon. Altair is the brightest star in the constellation Aquila.

Ophiuchus, 13th constellation of zodiac

The sun passes in front of Ophiuchus each year from November 29 to December 17.

Top tips for binocular stargazing

Whether you’re a beginning stargazer or a veteran of thousands of starry nights, binoculars can be your best friend.

Scorpius? Here’s your constellation

The Scorpion in the sky and in mythology.

M6 and M7 in the Scorpion’s Tail

If you have a dark sky, look for them. They may well be the finest star clusters visible at this time of year.

Summer Triangle and smallest constellations

You need a dark country sky to see these 3 small constellations: Vulpecula the Fox, Delphinus the Dolphin and Sagitta the Arrow.

Draco, great Dragon of the north

Meet Rastaban and Eltanin – lovely, romantic names for Dragon stars! These 2 stars represent the Eyes of the Dragon.

Use Big Dipper to find North Star

Draw a line through the Big Dipper pointer stars to find Polaris the North Star. If your sky is dark, also look for Thuban in the Tail of Draco the Dragon.

Americas? Moon fullest for you July 8

Fullest moon comes July 9 at 4:07 UTC, and the fullest moon for Asia is July 9. But, for us in the Americas, the moon appears fullest tonight.

See the moon, Saturn, Antares in a line

Golden Saturn, 6th planet outward from the sun, is the farthest world you can see easily with the unaided eye. Antares is a bright, reddish star.

Moon closest to Saturn on July 6

Want to identify Saturn, jewel of our solar system? July 6, 2017 is a great night for it, because this planet is near the moon. The star Antares is also nearby.

Northern Cross: Backbone of Milky Way

On summer evenings, look for this star pattern in the east, sideways to the horizon.

Moon’s dark side faces Earth

What, what? Strange as it may seem, the moon’s dark side is its Earth-facing side.