Astrophotography in July 2024: what to shoot in the night sky this month

Crescent Moon, Venus, and Jupiter in Conjunction
ome cosmic panoramas are the order of the day this month. (Image credit: Matt Champlin / Getty Images)

Astrophotographers can start working immediately in July. Yes, the hours of astronomical darkness are short in the northern hemisphere, but the month has begun with night skies that are, at least, free from moonlight. This month, there are many stunning wide-field shots, from the youngest moon and planetary alignments to the Delta Aquariids meteor shower and the mesmerizing Milky Way arching across the sky. There's also a chance to capture a rare occultation of a bright star.

Here’s everything you need to know about astrophotography in July 2024: 

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Jamie Carter
Astrophotography expert

Jamie has been writing about all aspects of technology for over 14 years, producing content for sites like TechRadar, T3, Forbes, Mashable, MSN, South China Morning Post, and BBC Wildlife, BBC Focus and BBC Sky At Night magazines. 

As the editor for, he has a wealth of enthusiasm and expertise for all things astrophotography, from capturing the Perseid Meteor Shower, lunar eclipses and ring of fire eclipses, photographing the moon and blood moon and more.

He also brings a great deal of knowledge on action cameras, 360 cameras, AI cameras, camera backpacks, telescopes, gimbals, tripods and all manner of photography equipment.