August Night Sky Events

By: Susie77 , 7:13 PM GMT on August 01, 2012

Share this Blog
0
+

From Sky and Telescope


Tour August's Sky by Eye and Ear!

Ask a skywatcher what’s special about August, and the response will likely be the Perseid meteor shower. These “shooting stars” are caused when little bits of grit shed by Comet Swift-Tuttle slam into our atmosphere. Every August, we plow right through this stream of dusty debris.


Evening sky in mid-August
In mid-August the crescent Moon joins two bright planets and a bright star low in the west after sunset.
Sky & Telescope illustration

If you manage to stay up until the hours before dawn, you’ll be rewarded with sightings of Jupiter, dazzling Venus, and, around midmonth, Mercury lurking down by the eastern horizon about an hour before sunrise.

Meanwhile, Mars and Saturn are the two bright planets low in the evening sky. They're joined by Spica, and all three are nearly the same brightness.

This will be a busy month for stargazing, and to get a personally guided tour you can download August's 7-minute-long audio sky tour. It's a 7-MB MP3 file. Enjoy!

Reader Comments

Comments will take a few seconds to appear.

Post Your Comments

Please sign in to post comments.

or Join

Not only will you be able to leave comments on this blog, but you'll also have the ability to upload and share your photos in our Wunder Photos section.

No reader comments have been posted for this blog entry yet.

About Susie77

Sometimes I complain about the earthly weather, but mostly I like to post about astronomy and space events. Hope you enjoy the articles.

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy
70 °F
Partly Cloudy