Grab a blanket and head outside after dark. See how many planets and stars you can find.
- Turn off the outdoor lights.
- Bring a friend.
You’ll love watching these cool night sky events this year!
- June 21 - Summer Solstice.
The June solstice occurs when the North Pole of the earth will be tilted toward the Sun, which will have reached its northernmost position in the sky. This is the first day of summer.
- June 28 - Full Moon.
The Full Strawberry Moon because it signaled the time of year to gather ripening fruit.
- July 15 – Venus closest to Moon at Sunset.
- July 27 - Full Moon.
The Full Buck Moon because the male buck deer would begin to grow their new antlers at this time of year.
- July 27 - Mars closest to Earth all night long.
- July 28, 29 - Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower.
Up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak
- August 12, 13 - Perseids Meteor Shower.
Up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak around midnight.
- August 17 - Venus at Greatest Eastern Elongation.
Best time to view Venus since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. Look for the bright planet in the western sky after sunset.
- August 26 - Full Moon.
The Full Sturgeon Moon because the large sturgeon fish of the Great Lakes and other major lakes were more easily caught at this time of year.
- August 26 - Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation.
Best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the morning sky. Look for the planet low in the eastern sky just before sunrise.