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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to August 2012

Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to August 2012

Here’s a quick look at what’s going on in the sky during the month of August, 2012:

August 1 — Full Sturgeon Moon, 11:28 p.m. The visible Moon is fully illuminated by direct sunlight. Though the Moon is only technically in this phase for a few seconds, it is considered “full” for the entire day of the event, and appears full for three days.

August 9 — Last Quarter Moon, 2:55 p.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.

August 10 — Moon at apogee (its farthest point from the Earth).

August 12 — Perseid meteor shower peaks. Typically one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year.

August 17 — New Moon, 11:55 a.m. The Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight.

August 23 — Moon at perigee (its closest point to the Earth).

August 24 — First Quarter Moon, 9:54 a.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.

August 31 — Full Blue Moon, 9:58 a.m. The visible Moon is fully illuminated by direct sunlight. Though the Moon is only technically in this phase for a few seconds, it is considered “full” for the entire day of the event, and appears full for three days. The second full Moon in a single month is known as a “Blue Moon.” This phenomena occurs about once every 2 1/2 years.

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1 linda osborne { 08.01.12 at 6:46 pm }

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