August Astronomy Highlights

The Perseid Meteor Shower reaches its annual peak the night of August 11th to the 13th.

The Perseid Meteor Shower reaches its annual peak the night of August 11th to the 13th.

July 25, 2016| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Planetarium News, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy, StarGazing

Mark Breen’s Stargazing Party: Aug. 10, 9 – 10 PM

Tune in to VPR and turn your gaze toward the stars as Mark guides you through the stars, planets and constellations. All you need is a radio or access to to join this statewide star party!

August loses over an hour of daylight – which is good news for star gazers.  The annual Perseid Meteor Shower brings us shooting stars from the 11th to the 14th, best seen once the Moon sets after midnight.  The evenings feature Scorpio and the “teapot” in Sagittarius, joined by the rusty red Mars, and the pale-yellow Saturn.  The Milky Way runs from the Scorpion up through the Summer Triangle, found nearly overhead, and fades as it heads toward the northeast horizon.  Venus and Jupiter enjoy a twilight encounter, low in the west late in the month.

5 –  A thin Crescent Moon, low in the west this evening, is joined by Jupiter to its upper left.

11 – The First Quarter Moon is above the orange-red Mars, and to the right of Saturn, while the red star Antares twinkles below.  The Moon will be left of Saturn tomorrow evening.

23 – Saturn, Mars, and the red star Antares form a vertical line in the southwest, with Saturn on top.

27: Very low in the bright western twilight, Venus and Jupiter are amazingly close together.

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.

New Moon: August 2

First Quarter: August 10

Full “Sturgeon” or “Green Corn” Moon: August 18

Last Quarter: August 24



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