As we enter the final stretch of June and embark on the first week of July, the celestial panorama above us holds a myriad of wonders to behold. From planetary alignments to meteor showers, THIS WEEK’S SKY AT A GLANCE, JUNE 28 – JULY 7 promises a celestial spectacle that astronomy enthusiasts and stargazers alike will appreciate. Let’s explore what the night sky has in store during this exciting period.

Planetary Highlights

Jupiter and Saturn Dance

Look towards the southeastern sky in the early evening hours to catch a glimpse of Jupiter and Saturn. These gas giants continue their celestial dance, appearing as bright points of light against the backdrop of stars. With a telescope or even a pair of binoculars, you can observe Jupiter’s cloud bands and Saturn’s iconic rings.

Mars in the Night

In the constellation of Leo, the red planet Mars makes its presence known throughout the week. Mars, known for its rusty hue, shines prominently among the stars. Observers can track its movement as it traverses the night sky, offering a captivating sight for those with telescopic views.

Lunar Observations

Waxing Gibbous Moon

During this period, the Moon progresses from a waxing crescent to a waxing gibbous phase. Its increasing illumination makes it an excellent target for lunar observers. With binoculars or a small telescope, explore the rugged terrain of the lunar surface and observe the subtle shadows cast by lunar mountains and craters.

Moon Phases

  • June 30: First Quarter Moon
  • July 7: Full Moon (Buck Moon)

Mark your calendars for these lunar phases, each offering unique opportunities for lunar photography and observation. The First Quarter Moon, with its half-illuminated phase, provides ideal conditions for observing lunar features in high contrast. Meanwhile, the Full Buck Moon on July 7th illuminates the night sky, marking the midpoint of summer with its bright glow.

Meteor Showers

Delta Aquariids

The Delta Aquariids meteor shower peaks towards the end of July, but observers can catch early sightings during this period. Originating from the debris left behind by Comet 96P/Machholz, these meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Aquarius. Although not as prolific as some other showers, patient skywatchers may spot several meteors per hour under dark, clear skies.

Deep Sky Delights

Summer Milky Way

As the night deepens, the Summer Milky Way stretches across the sky from the southern to northern horizons. This band of diffuse light represents the collective glow of billions of stars within our galaxy. In regions away from urban light pollution, the Milky Way appears more vivid, revealing intricate patterns and dark nebulae against the starry backdrop.

Messier Objects

Explore famous Messier objects scattered throughout the summer sky. From the stunning Andromeda Galaxy (M31) to the vibrant Ring Nebula (M57) in Lyra, these celestial gems are visible through telescopes of various sizes. Amateur astronomers can challenge themselves to locate and observe these deep sky objects, each offering a glimpse into the vastness of our universe.

Observing Tips

Dark Sky Locations

For optimal viewing conditions, seek out dark sky locations away from urban light pollution. National parks, observatories, and rural areas provide ideal settings for observing faint celestial objects such as galaxies and nebulae.

Patience and Adaptability

Astronomy often requires patience and adaptability. Check weather forecasts for clear nights and be prepared for changing conditions. Pack essentials such as binoculars, star charts, and a red flashlight to preserve night vision during observations.

Record Your Observations

Keep a celestial journal to document your observations of THIS WEEK’S SKY AT A GLANCE, JUNE 28 – JULY 7. Note down the dates, times, and conditions of your observations, along with any noteworthy celestial events or phenomena you encounter. Over time, your journal will become a valuable record of your astronomical journey.


In conclusion, THIS WEEK’S SKY AT A GLANCE, JUNE 28 – JULY 7 presents a wealth of celestial phenomena for skywatchers to explore and enjoy. From the majestic planets Jupiter and Saturn to the radiant glow of the Summer Milky Way, the night sky offers endless opportunities for discovery and wonder. Whether you’re a seasoned astronomer or a casual stargazer, take advantage of this week’s celestial highlights and immerse yourself in the beauty of the cosmos. Happy observing!