What’s Out Tonight?

A general ASTRONOMY site to get you started exploring the night sky

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July 2024 Sky Chart

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Useful anywhere in the mid-latitudes of the northern hemisphere including the continental US, Hawaii, Europe, Japan, etc. Optimized for 1.5 hours after sunset but can be used for several hours after that. Indicates visible planets and best objects for binoculars and telescopes. Packed with facts, mythology, Moon phases, meteor showers and more. For other months, see the archive below.

 July 2024 Notes
 About 90 minutes after Sunset

None of the naked eye planets (Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) are visible in the early evening. Saturn rises in the east around 11:30 PM but it is not ​conspicuously bright. Jupiter rises in the east about 3 AM. In a month, Venus will become more conspicuous in the west after sunset.

Scorpius is due south and hovers right above the horizon. Its curved tail is easy to identify and is closest to the horizon. The reddish star Antares is above it. The Summer Triangle is laying on its side in the east (it is an isoceles triangle composed of the stars Vega, Deneb and Altair—it is large!). The star Vega is on top and is the brightest of the three stars. The star Deneb is lower and to the left—it is the top star in Cygnus, the Northern Cross. The Cross points inward to the Triangle. Altair is the third star of the Triangle and is lower and to the tight of Vega. Vega is the 5th brightest star in the whole sky and makes up the small constellation Lyra that contains the famous and favorite Ring Nebula.

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December 2023

Header Image
The celestial image used for this site's header is part of the Veil Nebula, a supernova remnant in the constellation Cygnus (the Swan) visible throughout most of the summer and fall. This triangular wedge is a fainter part somewhat between the two major sections that make up the Veil Nebula and it is called Pickering’s Triangle. I took this image using a 6-inch diameter refractor telescope.