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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to August 2013

Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to August 2013

Here’s a quick look at what’s going on in the sky during the month of August, 2013:

August 3 — Moon at apogee (its farthest point from the Earth).

August 6 — New Moon, 5:51 p.m. The Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight.

August 12 — Perseid meteor shower peaks. Typically one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year, 2013 is expected to be an especially good year.

August 14 — First Quarter Moon, 9:45 p.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.

August 19 — Moon at perigee (its closest point to the Earth).

August 20 — Full Sturgeon Moon, 9:45 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 27 — Neptune at opposition. A body in space is at opposition when it sits 180° from the Sun in relationship to the Earth. This is the best time to view a planet.

August 28 — Last Quarter Moon, 5:35 a.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.

6 comments

1 Jaime McLeod { 07.31.13 at 2:49 pm }

Curtis – Near the constellation Perseus. All night.

2 Jaime McLeod { 07.31.13 at 2:48 pm }

Virginia, We get them from NASA’s website: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/index.html#.Uflb4FNQEhw

3 Virginia Watts { 07.31.13 at 11:31 am }

Is there a place I could purchase some of the lovely pictures shown of the star systems? Perhaps a beginners guide to identifying stars and planets?

4 Nancy Warkentin { 07.31.13 at 11:30 am }

When is the best time to see the Perseid meteor shower from the central California area?

5 Curtis Clifford { 07.31.13 at 10:06 am }

Where to look to see the Persieds? And what time?

6 C { 07.31.13 at 8:55 am }

Where to look to see the Persieds? And what time?

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