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Stargazing Essentials: Your Guide to the Best Celestial Events This Summer

With May’s Blue Flower Moon behind us, we turn our sights to the big stargazing events for the rest of the summer. You won’t want to miss these!

June 3: New Moon

If you’re planning on stargazing this summer, try to plan around the phases of the moon. It’s always best to go out during the New Moon so that the stars appear brighter. You’ll be amazed at the difference between tonight and the Full Moon!

June 5: Mars Is Bright Tonight

This is a great night for catching a glimpse of the Red Planet. Mars will be swinging close to the moon, which is in the crescent phase tonight. You can easily spot the large red dot without a telescope!

June 17: Strawberry Moon

June’s full moon is often called the Strawberry Moon, Rose Moon, or Mead Moon. Those all sound really romantic, don’t they? Keep in mind that full moons are the worst night for stargazing!

June 21: Summer Solstice

Although there’s not really much to see today, it’s worth marking your calendar for the Summer Solstice, the longest day–and therefore shortest night–of the year.

July 2: Total Solar Eclipse

Residents of South America will enjoy a rare total solar eclipse this summer. Sadly, most of the path of totality will happen over the Pacific Ocean, but people in Chile and Argentina will have a great view.

The rest of us will have to be content with a New Moon.

July 16: Buck Moon

July’s full moon has a few colorful names, including Thunder Moon and Hay Moon. The summer full moon will make it difficult to see all but the brightest stars.

July 16: Partial Lunar Eclipse

If you missed the total lunar eclipse earlier this month, you’ll have another chance for a partial eclipse tonight! This one will be visible to a much larger number of people–pretty much everyone, in fact, including the American Southeast.

July 28: Delta Aquariids Peak

Lucky for us, the peak of the Delta Aquariid meteor shower will hit just before the new moon. You’ll have a nice, dark sky to enjoy the meteor shower.

August 1: New Moon

If the weather is terrible tonight, never fear–there’s another new moon at the end of August.

August 12-13: The Perseids

One of the most popular meteor showers of the year will take place in mid-August. The Perseids have a high rate of unusually bright meteors. Although the moon will be nearly full that night, you should still see plenty of celestial fireworks.

August 15: Sturgeon Moon

We warned you that the full moon was coming to interrupt the Perseids! The Sturgeon Moon is also called Grain Moon or Green Corn Moon. (Yeah, Pocahontas got it wrong!)

August 30: New Moon

One last chance to head out on the darkest night of the month to do some quality stargazing!

Deana Adams

When Deana Adams was a kid, she begged her parents for a backyard telescope every birthday and Christmas until they finally caved. As an avid amateur stargazer, she memorized the constellations and hunted for the planets, collecting facts about astronomy the way other kids collected baseball cards or Barbies.

Deana is a contributing writer at NightSkyGaze. She still has her very first telescope.