Our shortest nights still feature some great star gazing, starting with the Summer Triangle rising in the east – Vega, highest and brightest in the northeast, Deneb nearer the horizon, and Altair to their right, all three wading within the returning Milky Way, climbing higher above the eastern horizon, stretching south to the Scorpion. The Big Dipper makes its descent into the northwest. Jupiter takes center stage this month, dazzlingly bright in the south, joined by Saturn late in the month. Mars finishes its viewing for the year, while Mercury joins it for a planetary send off. Venus is bare visible for very early risers.
Find out the latest cosmological occurrences with the Eye on the Night Sky!