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August 2010

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

Lunar Events

The New Moon for August occurs on Monday, August 9th, which makes the weekend of August 7-8 the best weekend for dark sky observation.

The Full Moon for August happens on August 24th and is known as the Full Corn Moon or Full Fruit Moon.

Mercury

Mercury is visible in the evening for the entire month of August. Mercury begin this month in the constellation Leo (The Lion) and begins to cross the corner of the constellation Sextans (The Sextant) on August 5th. On August 7th, Mercury finishes crossing the corner of Sextans and returns into the constellation Leo. On August 20th Mercury changes direction starting its retrograde motion toward the Sun and by August 31st, returns to the constellation Sextans.

Mercury Greatest Eastern ElongationMercury reaches its optimal viewing position on August 6th, when it reaches it’s Greatest Eastern Elongation.  At that time Mercury will be 27°22’01” from the Sun and will set about 1 hour 50 minutes after sunset.

Mercury & Moon
On August 11th the waxing, crescent Moon will pass within 3° of Mercury.

Venus

Venus is also observable in the evening for the entire month of August.  In the very earliest hours of August Venus crosses from the constellation Leo (The Lion) to the constellation Virgo (The Maiden) where it will remain located for the rest of the month.

V2enus Greatest Eastern Elongation
Venus reaches its optimal observing position on August 19th, as it reaches it’s Greatest Eastern Elongation and is in position for its best evening distance from the Sun.  At this time Venus will be 45°57’32” from the Sun and will set 3 hours after sunset.

Venus is a member of several conjunctions and grouping of other planetary object this month, including:

Venus & Saturn
On August 8th, Venus and Saturn will be less than 2°50’ apart.

Venus, Saturn, Mars & Moon
On August 12th, Venus, Saturn, Mars and the waxing, crescent Moon will be within 10° of each other.

Venus & Mars
On August 20th, Venus and Mars will pass within 2° of each other.

Finally on August 31st, Venus will pass within 1° of the Star Spica. Venus, Mars & Spica

Mars

Mars is observable during the evening Hours of August in the constellation Virgo (The Maiden). Mars sets around 10:20 pm (PDT) at the start of August, and by the end of the month, sets around 9:10 pm (PDT).

Venus, Saturn, Mars & Moon
On August 12th, Venus, Saturn, Mars and the waxing, crescent Moon will be within 10° of each other.

Venus & Mars
On August 20th, Venus and Mars will pass within 2° of each other.

Jupiter

Jupiter is located in the constellation Pisces (The Fish),  moving in retrograde, this month and can be observed from the late evening to morning hours of August. Jupiter rises around 10:25 pm (PDT) at the start of the month, and by the end of August is rising as early as 8:30 pm (PDT).

Jupiter, Uranus and Moon

 

On August 26th, the waning, gibbous Moon passes with 5°50’ of Jupiter.

Jupiter is a great place to start if your are hunting Uranus this month.  They are in proximity to each other for the entire month. Look for Jupiter at the opposite side of the sky from Saturn; as Jupiter rises in the East, Saturn is setting in the West.

Saturn

Located in the constellation Virgo (The Maiden) until December 2012, Saturn is observable during the evening hours of August. Saturn sets around 10:20 pm (PDT) at the start of August , and by the end of the month, sets around 8:30 pm (PDT).  Look for Saturn at the opposite side of the sky from Jupiter; as Jupiter rises in the East, Saturn is setting in the West.

Venus, Saturn, Mars & Moon
On August 12th, Venus, Saturn, Mars and the waxing, crescent Moon will be within 10° of each other.

Uranus

Uranus is located in the constellation Pisces (The Fish) until May 2012.

At the beginning of the month, Uranus rises around 10:15 pm (PDT), and by the end of August, it rises around 8:15 pm (PDT).

To find Uranus, you might start by looking for Jupiter and the two planets are in proximity to each other for the entire month. At the end of the month Jupiter and Uranus will be a mere 1°15’ from each other and will end up in conjunction next month on September 21st.

On August 26th, the waning, gibbous Moon passes within 5°15’ of Uranus.

Jupiter, Uranus and Moon

Neptune

Neptune OppositionNeptune is in optimal position for the year for observation as it reaches Opposition on August 20th

Neptune will be observable all month and is at its closes point to Earth for the year.  Moving in retrograde, Neptune begins the month in the constellation Aquarius (The Water Bearer) and on August 13th crosses into the constellation Capricornus (the Sea Goat) where it can be found until January 2011.

Neptune & Moon
On August 24th, the Full Moon will pass within 3°40’ of Neptune which may make it difficult to observe on that night.

Pluto

Pluto is located in the constellation Sagittarius until the year 2023 and is observable until the late evening hours of August.  At the start of the month, Pluto sets around 3:30 pm (PDT) and by the end of the month Pluto sets around 1:30 am (PDT).

Pluto & Moon
On August 18th, the waxing, gibbous Moon passes around 6° from Pluto.

August 2009

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Lunar Events

The Full Moon for August occurs on August 5th.  It is known as the Full Sturgeon Moon.  It is also known as the Grain or Green Corn Moon. On August 5th, there will be a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse visible from Africa, South America, Europe and the Middle East.

The New Moon occurs on Thursday, August 20th.  This will make the weekend of August 22-23 as the best weekend for dark sky viewing this month.

Mercury

M2ercury Opposition
The planet Mercury is visible in the evening this month and reaches its

Greatest Eastern Elongation on August 24thMercury’s Greatest Eastern

Elongation provides the best evening view for its current orbit. At this

point, Mercury is 27°21’55” from the Sun, making it visible for almost

2 hours after sunset.

Mercury begins August in the constellation Leo (The Lion) until August 20th when it moves into the constellation Virgo (The Maiden).

On August 1st Mercury is a mere 0°40’ from the star Regulus.

Mercury, Saturn
On August 16th Mercury passes within 3° from the planet Saturn.

M2ercury, Moon
On August 21st, the waxing crescent Moon passes less than 5°30 on
Mercury.

Venus

Venus is the Morning Star for August. Venus begins this month in the constellation Gemini (The Twins) and on August 24th, Venus moves into the constellation Cancer (The Crab).

On August 2nd, Venus is within 2°30’ of the open cluster, M35. Venus M35

Mars

Mars is observable during the morning hours of August.  At the beginning of the month Mars rises around 2:00 am (PDT) and by the end of the month Mars rises around 1:20 am (PDT).  Mars begins this month in the constellation Taurus (The Bull) and on August 25 it moves into the constellation Gemini (The Twins) where it will finish out the month.

On August 15th and 16th Mars is located about 7° from the waning crescent Moon.

Mars M35 On August 29th, Mars will pass within 0°50’ of the open cluster, M35.

Jupiter

This month is the best time to observe Jupiter this year since Jupiter reaches opposition on August 14thJupiter is visible all night, all month in the constellation Carpicornus (The Sea Goat), where it can be found until January 2010.  Currently, Jupiter is moving in retrograde motion.

On August 6th, Jupiter sets within 4°45’ of the Full Moon. Jupiter Moon

Saturn

Saturn is visible in the early evening hours during August.  At the beginning of the Month Saturn sets around 9:50 pm (PDT) and by the end of August Saturn sets around 8:00 pm (PDT). Saturn is located in the constellation Leo (The Lion) until September.  Saturn disappears into the glare of the Sunset at the end of August.

Saturn Mercury
On August 16th, Mercury passes within 3° from the planet Saturn.

Uranus

Uranus is located in the constellation Pisces (The Fish) until October.  At the beginning of August Uranus rises around 10:05 pm (PDT) and by the end of the month Uranus rises around 8:00 pm (PDT).

Uranus Moon
On August 9th, the waning, gibbous moon passes within 5° of Uranus.

Neptune

Moving in retrograde this month, the planet Neptune is visible, all night, since it will reach Opposition on August 17th.  This month will be the best time this year to observe Neptune, which is located in the constellation Capricornus (The Sea Goat) until the year 2010.

Neptune JupiterNeptune starts August less than 1°50’ from the planet Jupiter.

N2ptune, Jupiter Moon
And on August 6th, Neptune, Jupiter and the waning, gibbous Moon can be found less than 5° of each other.

 

Pluto

Pluto can be observed in the morning hours of August in the constellation Sagittarius (The Archer), where it is located unto the year 2023.  The planet Pluto is currently in retrograde motion.

August 2nd finds Pluto about 9° from the waning, gibbous Moon. Pluto Moon

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