The Night Sky for Tonight

Four of the solar system planets are viewable this month according to our night sky video. With a small backyard telescope, you will get extraordinary views of Saturn, Jupiter, Mars and Venus in July 2018.

With Mars nearing its closest approach to the sun, on July 27th also reaches its opposition to the sun giving a view that looks larger than normal, rises at sunset, and is visible all night.

Constellations Scorpius and Sagittarius, along with the globular cluster M4, will all be visible to the naked eye.

On July 13, parts of Australia and Antartica will witness a partial solar eclipse. Two weeks later on July 27, Europe, Asia and Africa will witness a Total Lunar Eclipse the same night that the US will witness the Delta Aquarid annual meteor shower. With a full moon in the sky, only the larger meteors will be visible.

“Tonight’s Sky” is produced by HubbleSite.org, online home of the Hubble Space Telescope. This is a recurring show, and you can find more episodes—and other astronomy videos—at http://hubblesite.org/videos/science