🔭 What's up this week:

Saturn rises in the east in the early evening this week, followed by Jupiter a couple of hours later. Mars rises after midnight, with Uranus nearby visible as a little blue dot through binoculars. Venus joins the planet party in the pre-dawn. Next Friday’s supermoon will be beautiful, although it may make it harder to see meteors from the Perseid shower, which peaks that day. Get the full scoop on what to look for in the August night sky.

What’s up in the night sky: August 2022

Our monthly feature focuses on easy and fun things to see in the night sky, including eclipses, supermoons, meteor showers, planetary conjunctions, and more.

What is a supermoon?

A strawberry supermoon is happening on June 14. What does that mean?

Your current night sky view

Want a map of tonight's sky for your location? We recommend Stellarium, available on the web and for mobile devices.

Night Sky Toolkits

Astronomy for Beginners

An introduction to backyard astronomy for amateur stargazers.

How to Pick the Best Beginner Telescope

Picking out your first telescope can be overwhelming. This easy-to-follow guide will help you find the best telescope that you'll actually use.

Night Sky Photography for Beginners

An introduction to full-sky astrophotography using a digital camera.

Perseid meteor shower 2022: How to watch

Here's everything you need to know about the annual Perseid meteor shower and how to watch it.

Moon Toolkits

Moon features you can see from Earth

What can you see on the Moon tonight? This guide from The Planetary Society will help you identify some features.

The Moon, preserving Earth's origin story

The Moon is the only world besides Earth ever visited by humans. By studying it, scientists can piece together Earth’s origin story.

Can the Moon be upside down?

When you think about how the Moon looks in the night sky, you might never have considered that it looks different to people in other parts of the world. But really, perspective is all relative.