August Astronomy

August Astronomy

July 31, 2018| Categories: Eye on the Sky, Skywatch Almanac Astronomy

Four planets span the evening skies—Venus low in the west, Jupiter higher in the southwest, Saturn above the “teapot” in Sagittarius in the south, and the fiery Mars in the southeast. The annual Perseid Meteor Shower brings us shooting stars from the 11th to the 14th, with the New Moon offering dark skies.  The evenings feature Scorpius and the “teapot” in the south, while the Milky Way runs from the Scorpion 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.

Learn more about your night sky at the Eye on the Night Sky webpage!




The evenings enjoy a wonderful panorama of planets all through the month.

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