I love to stargaze and I’m quite happy to spend hours looking at the sights in the summer night sky. I have no idea of what I am looking at, and what stars are what. I just look up and enjoy the view. Occasionally, I’ll look out for something specific – usually if the BBC News Site has pointed out there’s something of special interest to see. With fewer clouds and the changes in the alignments of the Earth and the heavens, there are plenty of sights in the summer night sky to enjoy.
1. Spot the Planets
If you are a morning lark rather than a night owl, you might be able to spot Mercury and Venus before the sun rises this summer. If you prefer to wake up after the sun has arisen (and who can blame you!), look for Jupiter in the Cancer constellation, Saturn in the Libra constellation, and Neptune in Aquarius. You will only get to see these planets so clearly during the light, cloudless months, so be quick because it’s one of the sights in the summer night sky not to be missed!