August Astronomy

The Perseid meteors appear to radiate from a point near the top of the constellation.

The Perseid meteors appear to radiate from a point near the top of the constellation.

July 27, 2022| Categories: Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

The evenings arrive a little earlier in August, 45 minutes-worth by month’s end. The Milky Way runs from between the Scorpion and the “teapot” in the south, up through the three bright stars forming the Summer Triangle, found nearly overhead, and fades as it heads toward the northeast horizon, home to the Queen, Cassiopeia. The annual Perseid Meteor Shower from the 11th to the 14th may be disappointing, due to the interference from the Full Moon during the shower’s peak on the 11th and 12th. Saturn now rises during the evening twilight, swinging toward the south as the much brighter Jupiter climbs into the late evening sky. Mars gets brighter and rises earlier, before midnight later in the month. Venus still appears low in the east in the growing morning twilight, edging closer to the Sun late in the month.

Learn about tonight’s view of the cosmos with the Eye on the Night Sky!


First Quarter Moon on the 5th

Full “Sturgeon” Moon on the 11th

Last Quarter Moon on the 19th

New Moon on the 27th

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