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See all 5 bright planets after sunset

Three of the 5 planets are easy to see. Two aren’t so easy. Charts and info here that can help you see all 5 planets together in late July and early August, 2016.


Farthest lunar perigee on July 27

The moon reaches perigee – its closest point to Earth – once each month. Today’s perigee is the most distant one of 2016.

Photo by Jack Fusco

Perseid outburst expected in 2016

Outburst – perhaps 200 meteors an hour – predicted for 2016 Perseid meteor shower. Peak night August 11-12, but watch on the nights leading up to the peak, too.

David S. Brown caught this meteor on July 30, 2014, in southwest Wyoming.

Watch for Delta Aquarid meteors

Delta Aquarid shower officially began mid-July. Nominal peak July 28 or 29. The shower is long and rambling. If you watch the Perseids in August, you’ll see Delta Aquarids then, too.


Sun enters Cancer on July 20

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

Full moonrise by Mohamed Laaifat Photographies in Normandy, France.

Full Buck Moon on July 19

We in North America won’t see the moon at the instant that it turns full at 2257 UTC (5:57 p.m. CDT). But just wait for sunset … and moonrise.

Tom Stirling in Kennebunk, Maine, calls this photo Sea of Serenity. He caught the waxing gibbous moon from his driveway on June 15, 2016.

Moon’s dark side faces Earth

Strange as it may seem, the moon’s dark side is its near side.


Gaze toward Milky Way center on July 17

Sure, the moon’s glare will obscure our view the stars tonight. Still, a glance up at tonight’s moon is a look in direction to the center of our galaxy.


Eltanin and Rastaban, the Dragon’s Eyes

These two famous stars shine down from the northern sky. Eltanin and Rastaban represent the fiery Eyes of the constellation Draco the Dragon.


Mercury-Venus conjunction on July 16

On July 16, 2016, an awesome conjunction of our sun’s 2 innermost planets, only half a degree (a moon diameter) apart. Will you be able to spot it?