August Astronomy

A Solar Eclipse will cross the US on Aug 21.

A Solar Eclipse will cross the US on Aug 21.

August 3, 2017| Categories: Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

The obvious highlight this August is a total solar eclipse tracking diagonally across the US on the 21st, covering about 70 percent of the Sun in Vermont.  The annual Perseid Meteor Shower brings us shooting stars from the 11th to the 14th, hampered by a waning Gibbous Moon.  The evenings feature Scorpio and the “teapot” in Sagittarius, joined by the pale-yellow Saturn in the south.  The Milky Way runs from the Scorpion up through the Summer Triangle, found nearly overhead, and fades as it heads toward the northeast horizon.  Jupiter lingers in the southwest, while Venus shines for early risers.


2 –  A waxing Gibbous Moon shines to the upper right of Saturn, the pair crossing low in the south.

11 – The Perseid Meteor Showers peaks after midnight, but a few can be seen through the 14th.

21 – Solar Eclipse, partial locally, starting at 1:24 PM, reaching its maximum of 70 percent coverage at 2:42 PM, and ending at 3:53 PM.

24 – The Crescent Moon is returning to the skies, seen to the right of Jupiter in the west-southwest this evening, then sliding to the upper left of Jupiter tomorrow night.

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Some Native American tribes knew that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this full Moon. Others called it the Green Corn Moon.

Full “Sturgeon” Moon: Aug 7

Last Quarter: August 14

New Moon: August 21
First Quarter: August 29


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