Sun activity: Aphelion and more auroras
Sun activity is low as of July 4, 2022. A Happy aphelion celebrated at Earth with more amazing auroral displays caused by another geomagnetic storm. Pics here.
Noctilucent clouds: The most in 15 years!
As of late June 2022, the AIM satellite is reporting an increase in noctilucent clouds ... "most in 15 years!" Possibly due to SpaceX.

First Webb images coming July 12. Watch here.

On July 12, NASA will release the much-anticipated first Webb images, including the deepest image of our universe that has ever been taken.
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Saturn at opposition, coming up August 14

Don't miss Saturn at opposition on and around the night of August 14, 2022. That's when our planet Earth passes between the sun and Saturn.
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Clusters Nebulae Galaxies

M6 and M7 in the Scorpion’s Tail

M6 and M7 are star clusters near Scorpius’ stinger. But you’ll need a dark sky to see these faint but stunning stellar aggregations.

Planetary lineup: How long can you see it?

Look now before sunrise to see the planetary lineup of the 5 bright planets - Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn - plus see photos here!
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Visible planets and night sky guide: July 2022

In July, you can still see the lineup of 5 planets in the morning sky for a short time. And don't miss the Delta Aquariids meteors. Your night sky guide, here!
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Look for comet C/2017 K2 now in dark skies

Comet C/2017 K2 (PanSTARRS) is nearing Earth as it enters the inner solar system. You can watch it with a small telescope using the star charts here.
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Meteor shower guide: Next up, summer meteors

Your meteor shower guide for 2022 and early 2023. There are some good ones! Next up ... the Delta Aquariids and the Perseids in late July and August.

Tiny swimming robots seeking life in alien seas

Tiny swimming robots sound like cool science fiction. But a JPL robotics engineer is developing them, for future missions to ocean worlds.