Sky Report, August-September 2020
Sky Report by Ted Gruber
Jupiter (magnitude -2.7) and Saturn (0.2) both rise in the southeast before sunset. Other than the moon, Jupiter will be the first object visible in the evening twilight. Saturn then becomes visible east of Jupiter and slightly lower to the horizon as the sky darkens. Jupiter now sets about 3:00am, with Saturn following about 45 minutes later.
On the evening of August 28, and continuing into the early morning hours of August 29, the moon sits just below Jupiter and Saturn. Jupiter appears west of the moon, and Saturn appears just east of it.
Mars (-1.5) rises in the east about 10:30pm, and almost two hours earlier by mid-September. The red planet remains visible until fading into the morning light. On September 5, Mars rises about 9:30pm. That evening, and continuing into the early morning hours of September 6, the moon appears just 0.03° north of Mars.
Venus (-4.3) currently rises in the east-northeast about 2:30am, and about 30 minutes later by mid-September. In the early morning hours of September 14, Venus appears 4° south of the crescent moon, and 2.5° south of the Beehive Cluster (M44).
Perseids Meteor Shower
The Perseids meteor shower remains active until August 24. The shower peaked the night of August 11 into the pre-dawn hours of August 12.
First (8/25), full (9/2), last (9/10), new (9/17), first (9/23).
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