Make the most of a moonlight-free night to look for some stars and planets in the skies.
This solstice is the
summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, where it is the longest day of the year.
Southern Hemisphere, it’s the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year.
Full Moon is known as the Buck Moon, signifying the new antlers that emerge on deer buck’s foreheads around this time. This year it falls at 11:38 UTC on July 3.
At 20:06 UTC, the
Earth will reach its aphelion—the point on its orbit farthest from the Sun.
July’s New Moon comes at
18:31 UTC on July 17. The period around New Moon can be a good time to look at the night sky—without a bright Moon around to lighten the sky.
New Moon – the invisible phase
August’s Full Moon is traditionally called the
Sturgeon Moon. Other names include the Green Corn Moon, Barley Moon, Fruit Moon, and Grain Moon. This year, it is also a Supermoon.
What is a Supermoon?
This might be a good time to try and spot
Mercury: the planet appears at its farthest distance from the Sun in the evening sky.
Find Mercury with our Interactive Night Sky Map
The Perseid meteor shower is usually one of the most active and brightest meteor showers of the year. Good news: in 2023 the peak nights are around the time of
New Moon, which means more meteors will be visible against the dark sky.
Two weeks after the Super Sturgeon Moon, August’s
New Moon is a Micromoon.
What is a Micromoon?
The ringed planet,
Saturn, lies on the opposite side of Earth to the Sun, and is visible from sunset to sunrise.
Find Saturn with our Interactive Night Sky Map
This is the second
Full Moon of August 2023, making it—by one definition—a Blue Moon. As with the previous Full Moon, it is also a Supermoon.
What is a Blue Moon?
A New Moon in the sky means no moonlight to hinder your view of stars and planets. Use the
Interactive Night Sky Map to find out what planets are visible tonight and where.