Plan your trip to dark sky areas for better chances of viewing meteor showers. Did you know that New Moons provide the best time to view the stars and celestial objects.
June 10: New Moon & Annular Solar Eclipse
Tonight’s a good time to do some star and planet gazing! A New Moon means dark skies and plenty of opportunities to look for planets and stars.
June 21: June Solstice
This solstice is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, where it is the longest day of the year.
In the Southern Hemisphere, it’s the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year.
June 24: Strawberry Moon
June’s Full Moon is often called the Strawberry Full Moon, after the berries that grow in the Northern Hemisphere around this time of the year.
Some sources list this as a Super Moon, but according to our criteria, it isn’t.
July 10: New Moon
Make the most of a moonlight-free night to look for some stars and planets in the skies.
July 24: Buck Moon
July’s Full Moon is also known as Thunder Moon, Hay Moon, and Wort Moon.
Aug 8: New Moon
Take advantage of a moonlight-free sky and look up for some stars and planets.
Aug 12/13: Perseid Meteors
The Perseid meteor shower is known to be one of the most active and brightest meteor showers of the year. They are usually active between July 17 and August 24.
Aug 22: Blue Moon / Sturgeon Moon
August’s Full Moon, also known as the Sturgeon Moon, is a Blue Moon. Will it be blue? Very likely, no. It will, however, be the third Full Moon in a season of four Full Moons.
Sep 7: New 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.