Night Sky Highlights in July

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Here are some of the things to see this month:

  • 9:30 PM, western sky – Jupiter rising above the horizon after sunset
  • 9:30 PM, southern sky – Mars and Saturn visible together above the southern horizon in the evening
  • 11 PM, southern sky – Scorpius, easy to recognize for its head and stinger, with the bright red supergiant Antares marking the Scorpion’s heart and globular cluster Messier 4 just to the right of the star
  • 11 PM, southern sky – Sagittarius constellation, marking the direction of the Milky Way’s centre, with the familiar Teapot asterism, which makes it easy to find many famous deep sky objects, including the Lagoon Nebula (Messier 8), Trifid Nebula (Messier 20), the Omega Nebula (Messier 17), and the naked eye globular cluster Messier 22 (Sagittarius Cluster)
  • 2 AM, eastern sky – Delta Aquariid meteor shower peaking on the night of July 27 to 28, with 10 to 15 meteors per hour visible after midnight

Related: July constellations