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August All descriptions below are for mid-northern latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere. First Quarter Moon rises mid-day, is visible in the early evening sky, and sets in the middle of the night.
Last Quarter Moon rises in the middle of the night, is visible in the early morning sky before sunrise, and sets around mid-day. Watch the video below as the Sun and the shadows it creates changes how the Moon appears. Back to top of. All month brilliant Venus dominates the western sky after sunset. It will be the brightest object in that part of the sky.(1996) MONTELL JORDAN - WHAT'S ON TONIGHT
Looking west 30 minutes after sunset August Be sure to click on the scene for a larger image. The giant planets Jupiter and Saturn will be visible in the sky all night this month. So, as the Sun sets in the west the planet that is at opposition rises in the east, arcs from east to west across the sky during the night, and sets in the west as the Sun rises in the east in the morning.
The ringed planet Saturn reaches opposition on August 2. Giant Jupiter reaches opposition on August Watch as brighter Jupiter follows yellowish Saturn across the sky all night this month. Looking southeast an hour after sunset August Below you can see that as we look out into space, Jupiter and Saturn are opposite the Sun as seen from the Earth this month. From Earth, Jupiter and Saturn are opposite from the Sun in the sky. As you face south during mid-evening, look high Whats up with tonight. The bright star just about overhead is Vega. Along with Vega, look for two other bright stars that make a giant triangle dominating the sky.
This pattern is known as the Summer Triangle. Face south, looking overhead, mid-evening this month. As you face north in the evening this month look for the pattern of the Big Dipper as seen below. Compare the positions of the dippers in the evening sky to where they are in the morning sky.
See The Morning Sky in August. Looking north mid-evening. To dig deeper into the August evening sky check out the video below from the Space Telescope Science Institute. There are many more constellation star patterns you can pick out using our easy, Basic Evening Star Map. Download it below, and have some fun! For star maps to print properly, download pdf and save to your computer, then print from there. Download our star maps to help you find your way around the sky.
Our basic star maps show the planets and major star patterns or constellations visible in the evening and morning skies this month, without faint background stars. This makes it easier to pick out the brighter patterns in the real sky. The edges of the circular map mark the horizon all around you.
Find one of the bright constellation patterns, ignoring fainter stars you might see in between. You can then jump from constellation to constellation, finding your way around the sky. It helps to use a dim, red flashlight so that you can see both the map and the sky together. One of the best meteor showers of the year, the Perseid Meteor Shower peaks the night of August with best viewing in the early morning hours of August Go to August 12 below for more information.
The giant planets Jupiter and Saturn are at opposition this month so they have been visible all night. By morning, before dawn, the two bright planets dominate the southwestern sky. Looking southwest 2 hours before sunrise mid-month. In the early morning before dawn, look above Jupiter and Saturn in the southwest and see if you can find four somewhat bright stars that seem to form a giant square.
This pattern is called the Great Square and is a part of the constellation Pegasus. Star patterns like these that are not part of one of the 88 official constellations make it easier to find your way around the sky. Looking southwest an hour before sunrise. Face north early in the morning before dawn and see if you can find the Big Dipper as seen below. Once you find the North Star see if you can see the fainter stars Whats up with tonight make up the Little Dipper.
Compare the positions of the dippers in the morning sky to where they are in the evening sky. See The Evening Sky in August. Looking north an hour before sunrise. There are many more constellation star patterns you can pick out using our easy, Basic Morning Star Map. Get out your binoculars and take a look. Looking east an hour before sunrise. This means Saturn is opposite the Sun in the sky. So, as the Sun sets in the west Saturn rises in the east, arcs from east to west across the sky during the night, and sets in the west as the Sun rises in the east in the morning. The giant planet Jupiternot far from Saturn in the sky, reaches opposition on August Looking southeast 40 minutes after sunset.
See August 2 above. The Moon has now moved along in its orbit around the Earth and is next to the bright star Aldebaran this morning. Aldebaran is the brightest star in the constellation Taurus. All the bright stars of winter are blazing in the eastern sky along with a very, very thin crescent Moon. The Moon is directly between the Earth and Sun and not visible. In a couple of days it will appear as a thin crescent in the evening as it pulls away from the Sun from our point of view.
The crescent, or lit side of the Moon, always faces the Sun. Looking west 30 minutes after sunset. You can start watching this evening, but overnight into the early morning hours is when the peak of the shower occurs. See Tomorrow Morning below for more information. You may be able to see Whats up with tonight meteors an hour in the pre dawn hours. The Perseid shower does sometimes produce really bright meteors known as fireballs, so be prepared for a few bright ones too.
The best time to watch will be the early morning hours between midnight and dawn. You can certainly see some meteors during the evening hours of August 11 but they will become more frequent as night goes on into the morning hours. Plus, meteors can appear all over the sky not in just one direction. Find a place with as open a view of the sky as possible.
You might consider sitting and facing southeast so that the area the meteors are coming from in the northeast is to your left. Bring a lawn chair or something to sit in so you can lean back.
You need to be patient and watch for an hour or more. The early morning hours are always colder than you think, so make sure you dress warm. A meteor shower is usually caused by the Earth passing through the orbit or path of a comet. As comets move in their orbits around the Sun, they leave debris all along their orbits.Sam Smith - How Do You Sleep? (Official Video)
These small pieces burn up in our atmosphere Whats up with tonight we encounter them, causing the streaks of light that we see. With this shower they are entering the atmosphere at aboutmph. Some Perseids can also be seen early in the morning the days on either side of the peak. If clouds are predicted to be a problem, you can also watch the mornings of August 11 and Notice below how the meteors can appear anywhere in the sky, but if you trace their paths backward they all converge on one point in the constellation Perseus.
The Moon is one quarter of the way around the Earth and appears half lit in the evening sky. Antares is the brightest star in Scorpius. The fishhook shape of Scorpius is lightly drawn in below. Can you find the fishhook shape of Scorpius just above the southern horizon in the sky tonight? Looking south an hour after sunset. This means Jupiter is opposite the Sun in the sky. So, as the Sun sets in the west Jupiter rises in the east, arcs from east to west across the sky during the night, and sets in the west as the Sun rises in the east in the morning.
The ringed planet Saturnwhich rises ahead of Jupiter, reached opposition on August 2.
Jupiter rises as the Sun sets tonight, following Saturn into the evening sky. Tonight Saturn is right above the Moon. See tomorrow below to see how much the Moon moves in one day. Looking southeast an hour after sunset.
Take a look at last night above to see where the Moon was then. The Moon is now half way around the Earth in its orbit. The Earth is between the Moon and the Sun so we see the Moon fully lit.Whats up with tonight
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