Get your telescopes out because this month will see our skies full of everything from a supermoon to meteor showers.

Here is everything you can see in the sky in July 2023.

The moon

Phases for July are as follows:

  • First quarter - June 26
  • Buck Moon - July 3
  • The moon gets its name from the male deer whose antlers are in full growth mode at this time. Other names are the Thunder Moon and the Berry Moon.
  • It will be a supermoon which is a combination of a lunar perigee (when the moon is close to Earth) and a full moon. Supermoons appear up to 14pc bigger and 30pc brighter than normal.
  • Last quarter - July 10
  • New moon - July 17
  • First quarter - July 25

Jupiter and International Space Station

On July 19, the moon and Jupiter will be close in the east from 3am until sunrise.

The Summer Triangle will be visible to the east and easy to spot. It is made up of three bright stars in different constellations - Vega, Deneb and Altair.

Eastern Daily Press: There is plenty to see in July's night skyThere is plenty to see in July's night sky (Image: Newsquest)

Noctilucent clouds, where clouds can appear silver and blue, can also make an appearance throughout late evenings and early mornings in the summer.

The International Space Station will be visible from July 1 to July 8 between 11.45pm and 3am. It will appear from the south and move to the east.

Meteor Showers

Delta Aquariids

Active between July 12 and August 23, this shower will peak on July 30 with up to 25 meteors per hour.

The shower is characterised by having a steady stream of meteors over several days and a low rate per hour.

Alpha Capricornids

Active between July 3 and August 15, this shower will peak on July 30 with up to five meteors per hour.

The shower is characterised by slow, bright and yellow fireballs.


Active between July 17 and August 24, this shower will peak on August 12 with up to 100 meteors per hour.

This shower has fast, bright comets with trains.