It's time for summer stargazing & solar viewing!
Everyone loves astronomy!
St. Louis Astronomical Society share telescopes at a Transit of Venus event at the St. Louis Science Center
Photo: Michael Malolepszy, St. Louis Astronomical Society

Every weekend this summer, there are lots of star parties and solar gazing opportunities. We invite you to go to a star party. Events are usually free or low-cost. They're great for the whole family or a fun, romantic date! 

"This is a great time for seeing planets. Mercury, Mars, and Saturn in the evening; Neptune and Uranus before dawn; Jupiter and Venus in the dawn. Even Pluto, if you've got a bigger telescope and more patience than I do." says Anthony Barreiro of the San Francisco Amateur Astronomers. Astronomy clubs have lots of members who can help you get to know the sky. Clubs are always looking for new members, too, and membership is open to all and you don't know a thing about astronomy.

Click here to stargaze, solar gaze, and go to great astronomy talks with your local astronomy club! 

Solstice is on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 23:09 Universal Time. Here's Everything you need to know about the June solstice 2012 and you can translate your time 

Read the EarthSky June 2012 guide to the five visible planets. The great folks at EarthSky are Night Sky Network stargazing partners, and provide our sky charts.  

Enjoy the NASA Venus Transit Observing Challenge photo gallery.

Join our vibrant stargazing community!

We invite you to join the NASA Night Sky Network stargazing community on Facebook and Twitter for daily sky charts and lively conversation about all things planetary. 

Find star parties and solar viewings quickly using these apps or the website!

Get Go StarGaze, the NASA Night Sky Network astronomy app that helps you find astronomy clubs and their stargazing events on the go!

You can also find astronomy events and clubs in Distant Suns, your personal guide to the cosmos!

Clear skies and happy stargazing!


The NASA Night Sky Network is managed by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in cooperation with NASA.