Sky Report by Ted Gruber
Mercury (magnitude 0.1) is visible very low above the western horizon just after sunset through the end of August, slightly dimming and appearing a bit farther south with each passing evening. The moon appears about 6° east of Mercury just before sunset on August 29.
Saturn (magnitude 0.3) currently rises about 8:00pm and becomes visible in the southeast sky as darkness falls. The ringed planet rises about four minutes sooner each night over the next month. Jupiter (magnitude -2.8) now rises in the east about 9:45pm, and about 7:30pm by mid-September. The moon passes about 4° south of Saturn the night of September 7-8 and less than 2° south of Jupiter three nights later.
Mars (magnitude 0.0) returns to the evening sky this month, rising in the east-northeast just before midnight. The red planet brightens to magnitude -0.3 and rises about an hour earlier by mid-September.
Venus (magnitude -3.9) currently rises in the east-northeast just past 4:30am. By mid-September, the bright planet rises in the east about 90 minutes later, but less than an hour before sunrise.
Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars rise in the evening but remain visible into the overnight hours. Saturn currently sets in the west-southwest about 6:00am and about two hours earlier by mid-September. Jupiter and Mars remain visible until fading into the morning sunlight.
The moon passes about 3° north of Mars in the early morning hours of August 19, and does so again the night of September 16-17. The moon appears about 4° west of Venus just before sunrise on August 25.
Perseids Meteor Shower
The Perseids meteor shower peaked the night of August 11-12 but remains active until August 24. The shower is called the Perseids because the meteors appear to emanate from a point in the constellation Perseus in the northeast sky.
Last (8/18), new (8/27), first (9/3), full (9/10), last (9/17), new (9/25)
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