Five Things to See in the Summer Night Sky

Gather around a campfire, roast some s'mores and enjoy the show.

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Mercury


July 12 is the best time to see Mercury. It will be at its highest point above the horizon to the west. Look at the horizon just after sunset and you should see it. If you are having a hard time finding it, download the Google Night Sky app and point it to the west.


Full Moon


On July 27, take time out to appreciate the full moon. This full moon is also called the full buck moon, since male deer have begun growing their antlers.


Mars


Also, on July 27, Mars is at its closest point to earth. It will be brighter than any other time this year, and you can see it all night long. A telescope will help you see some of the cool details of this red planet! If you are having a hard time finding it, download the Google Night Sky app and scan the night sky.


Meteor Shower


On the night of August 12 into early morning of August 13, watch the Perseid meteor shower. Here is your chance to see a shooting star! This meteor shower produces up to 60 meteors per hour. Meteors can appear anywhere in the sky!


Full Moon


September 25 is the night of the full harvest moon. The harvest moon is the full moon nearest to the start of fall or the autumnal equinox. During this time of year, the full moon rises almost as soon as the sun sets, first appearing around dusk. Because there’s little darkness between sunset and moonrise, farmers have more time to work into the night harvesting crops, which is most likely how this moon got its name.