July 2021

This Month’s Sky


Our 10th Anniversary!
     Venus dazzles in the west-northwestern sky after sunset and continues to climb higher each night. Mars lingers in the western sky and sinks lower each night. On July 12, Venus and Mars are less than a degree apart, visible in the same telescopic field of view (Illustration 1)! Saturn rises in the east-southeast around 10:00 pm on July 1 and near sunset at month’s end. Jupiter rises one hour after Saturn. Jupiter rises one hour before midnight on July 1 and by the end of twilight at the end of the month (Illustration 2).

     Also, with the opening of Milky Way season, this happens to be the best time of year to lay out on a warm summer night, with binoculars, and leisurely scan through the night sky! The summer Milky Way offers great views of many celestial delights!  We have so much to see tonight, are you ready?! Once again, our hike will begin around 10:00pm. Don’t forget your Starry Trail Map, bug spray, light jacket, binoculars and lawn chair or blanket.

We will begin our hike by facing west or the fading colors of the sunset

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Here’s what you’ll need to start exploring tonight’s sky:

Starry Trails

This narrative explains where to look and how to identify stars, deep sky objects, constellations, planets!

Starry Map

Your simple sky map to locate stars, planets and constellation positions.

Starry Trail Map

While using the narrative, this is your visual guide on starting point and the monthly adventure through the night sky.


Will show you the position of the constellations and help you seek them out.

Night Sky Checklist

This will help you keep track of everything you view in this months night sky.

Starry Trails Audio!
Take Starry Trails with you! – Listen to Suzie as she helps you navigate your journey thru the stars !!


Starry Trails Video Archive
Plus Hoover-Price Planetarium, Canton OH – Videos
Host Suzie Dills provides a look at the celestial highlights in the night sky!

 Make sure you check the sky chart in your area to make sure there are clear skies!
Clear Sky Cleveland Chart

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I’m VERY excited to share my children’s books with everyone!

Stella’s Starry Adventures!
Join Stella, as she takes you on an adventure through the night sky!
Kids will love learning about the constellations and more with Stella as their guide!

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Stellas’ books are available on Amazon – In Print and Kindle versions.