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Program: Sky

Updated: Mar 28, 2021

This week is for stargazing! Let's hope for some clear skies! These best time to view the sky will be tomorrow, July 20th, because of the new moon. The new moon will mean that the sky will be very dark and the stars will be most visible. Below the videos, I included a sky calendar for the rest of the summer. This includes the best time to see planets, meteor showers, and moon phases.


I also included a video about cloud types for those of us who like to go to bed early (:


This first video will help to explain why we see what we see in the night sky.

This video will help you to identify some night sky features.

This video will explain the different cloud types and why they form.


Sky calendar:

July 15th to July 23rd: The NEOWISE Comet

  • This comet was only discovered this March! After it passes this summer, it won't be seen for another 6,800 years, so don't miss your opportunity. It will be visible shortly after sunset in the northwestern sky (just below the big dipper). It will look like a fuzzy star with a bit of a tail.

July 20th (tomorrow): New moon

  • With a dark sky, this will be the perfect night for viewing the stars.

July 22nd: Mercury

  • Mercury will be at it's highest point above the horizon. Look for a bright planet to the east in the morning just before sunrise.

July 28th and 29th: peak of the Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower

  • Best viewed around midnight. The bulk of the meteors will be visible around the constellation Aquarius but can be seen in any part of the sky.

August 3rd: Full moon

  • This month's full moon is known as the Sturgeon Moon by the Native Americans because August was typically the best time for fishing for Sturgeons in the Great Lakes region.

August 11th and 12th: peak of the Persieds Meteor Shower

  • This meteor shower will produce up to 60 meteors per hour. Best viewed around midnight.

August 13th: Venus

  • Venus will be at it's highest point above the horizon. Look for a bright planet in the east just before sunrise.


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Thank you!!

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Wow that’s great! It may just be wondering through (they tend to be solitary animals) but it may be raising its young nearby this time of year so keep an eye out! Here is a website about bobcats in N.H. https://wildlife.state.nh.us/wildlife/profiles/bobcat.html and here is one with some facts about bobcats for kids https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/bobcat/

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We also have a question for you. We saw a bobcat this morning in our yard! Do you know much about their habits or diet? We are interested in figuring out what it might have been interested in . Or do you have a suggestion for a good website resource for kids that we could consult? Thanks!


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That is so great to hear!! Good luck with your constellation spotting and let me know if you have any questions!

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Hello Abigail - THANK YOU so much for all of your really helpful information. We have enjoyed following you this summer. We especially want to thank you for the tips about stargazing. We watched your video yesterday on Night Sky Features and then took your advice to stargaze last evening and it was incredible! My 8 year old was blown away by what we saw and we are now going to attempt to find new constellations each week. :)

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