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Night Sky for July 2022

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July 2022 Guide to the Bright Planets

Bob Berman
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What’s up in the July sky for 2022? Bob Berman makes astronomy so accessible by highlighting the biggest sky events of the month. In July, planet viewing has now shifted from the exclusively predawn stage of spring to summer’s middle-of-the-night venue!

This page includes the July Sky Watch from The 2022 Old Farmer’s Almanac—plus more detail since space has no boundaries online! 

July 2022 Sky Watch

  • Earth reaches its annual solar far point, or aphelion, on the 4th.
  • In the predawn eastern sky, the lineup is still happening, but Mercury is now lower and harder to see and the other planets are now farther apart and less eye-catching. After the 4th, Mercury is too low to see.
  • The good news is that the planets start returning to the dark night skies! As of the 4th, Saturn, rising comes up by 11 p.m. and will rise a half hour earlier each week.
  • Giant Jupiter, in Pisces, follows the Ringed Planet to appear low in the east after midnight. Both giant planets are now at their highest at dawn.
  • Mars, too, is gaining in visibility at a very bright magnitude 0.3, as it rises at 2 a.m. in Aries.

greatwallmilkyway_yu_1080_annotated_full_width.jpgImage: Summer Triangle. Credit: NASA

Stargazing for July

  • July’s best constellation is the Summer Triangle, shining bright and high in the evening sky! See our free star chart and have fun spotting the Summer triangle this month!
  • The Delta Aquariid meteors peak July 28 to 29. Their hourly rate at peak is 10 meteors per hour. Always look towards the darkest part of the sky to see a shooting star. See tips for viewing meteor showers.