I’m really excited about this July calendar.  Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loved learning about stars, planets, and galaxies from my Dad.  His passion for space exploration inspired me to skip class to watch John Glenn’s return to space as he had once done in the 60s and 70s.  After recently seeing Gravity, going on stargazing dates, and watching the blood moon lunar eclipse and meteor showers, I’ve loved looking at star charts and mapping out the constellations.

Now that we are in the middle of summer, it’s a perfect time campfires, s’mores, and for finding the Big Dipper, Polaris, and Orion’s Belt.  While you’re gazing, be on the lookout for planets.  Although they will be small, they are easy to distinguish because they don’t twinkle the way stars do.  To figure which one you’re looking at, use the free Google Sky app.