Stargazing for July 2020

Dog Days, Full Moon & a Meteor Shower

June 30, 2020
Moon and Girl

No need for a telescope! Here are a couple fun astronomical tidbits to enjoy this month.

The Dog Days of Summer

On July 3, the Dog Days of Summer begin! Lasting 40 days and ending on August 11, the Dog Days are traditionally said to be some of the hottest days of the summer season. Wondering why they are called the “Dog Days?” The Dog Days mark the reappearance of Sirius, the Dog Star, which is the brightest star in the sky.

To locate Sirius, first look for the three stars of Orion’s Belt. Trace a line downward through Orion’s Belt and look for the brightest star you can see—that’s Sirius!

A Full Moon on the 4th of July

July’s full Moon, which is traditionally called the Buck Moon, will appear on the night of Independence Day—July 4! After the fireworks show, look skyward to witness an astronomical show, too.

Read more about the Buck Moon!

Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower

To finish the month of July, look for the Delta Aquarid meteor shower, which happens every year around July 30. This year, we recommend starting to look for the meteors during the hours before dawn on July 27, since they won’t be as washed out by the bright Moon as they will on the 30th.

The Delta Aquarids are not a particularly active meteor shower, but if you watch with an attentive eye, you might catch one zipping by!