Monthly Stargazing Calendar for August 2013

The 2010 Perseids over the VLT

The 2010 Perseids over the VLT. Picture credit score: ESO/S. Guisard.

Tonight (August 11 – 12) is the height of one of many largest and maybe one of the crucial well-known meteor showers of the 12 months, the Perseids meteor bathe. It will possibly produce as many as 90 meteors per hour at its peak however some meteors might be seen from July 17 to August 24. The primary quarter moon will set shortly after midnight leaving darkish skies for what must be a wonderful present. The meteors will seem to radiate from the constellation Perseus, nevertheless they really originate from the comet Swift-Tuttle, which was found in 1862.

Perseus

Perseus constellation map. Picture credit score: IAU and & Telescope journal.

Close to the tip of the month on August 27 the planet Neptune will likely be at opposition. The blue large planet will likely be at its closest method to Earth and its face will likely be totally illuminated by the Solar making this one of the best to view and {photograph} Neptune. Sadly attributable to its excessive distance from Earth, it is going to solely seem as a blue dot in all however essentially the most highly effective telescopes.

Neptune

Neptune as seen from 2. Picture credit score: NASA/JPL.

Moon phases

As you understand, the moon has a huge impact on the visibility of celestial our bodies within the night time sky. So listed here are the moon’s phases for this month:

Moon Phases Calendar August 2013

Positions of the planets this month

Mercury: The closest planet to the Solar might be seen at daybreak and nightfall travelling throughout the constellation of Most cancers. This planet, being the closest to the Solar, will seem to rapidly within the night time sky and its place will change within the following .

Venus: The sister planet might be seen between the constellations of Leo and Virgo. Similar to Mercury, Venus can solely be seen at daybreak and nightfall.

Mars: The purple airplanet might be seen travelling throughout the constellation of Gemini, not removed from the planet Jupiter.

Jupiter: The gasoline large is seen within the constellation of Gemini. Jupiter can simply be noticed with the bare eye, even in extremely illuminated cities.

Saturn: The ringed large might be seen with the bare eye between the constellations of Virgo and Libra.

Uranus: The gasoline large might be seen between the constellations of Pisces and Cetus with using a telescope.

Neptune: The blue large requires a telescope pointed within the constellation of Aquarius to be able to be seen.

Main occasions subsequent month

  • September 8 – Conjunction of the Moon, Venus, and Saturn.
  • September 22 – September Equinox.

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