What’s Out Tonight?

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

Dog Days of Summer

I have optimized this site for desktop and laptop computers. 
The whole website would be very restrictive if I formatted it for smaller platforms—sorry! 
This page should read correctly on tablets but not on phones. Most of you who visit this site are looking for the Monthly Sky Chart which is presented here. You will need that desktop or laptop to access and adequately view all the other site information.
Email me, Ken Graun with any questions.

July 2024 
Free Sky Chart

It’s Free
Just click on the above image to get 
and print this 4-page PDF doc.

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 
Sky 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. 

Sky Chart Archives

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