August 2020 Sky Report

Here we go! The long awaited season of viewing Jupiter and Saturn is here! Finally all those people who kept asking to view those planets now have the opportunity because they’re evening targets again!

Full Moon (Sturgeon Moon): August 3
Last Quarter Moon: August 11
New Moon: August 18
First Quarter Moon: August 25


Any Notable Celestial Events?

Will C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) still be up?

Yes, it will be in the sky throughout August. Each night at around 9pm, you’ll be able to see it gradually move NW to SW from Coma Berenicies into Virgo.

Will it be visible to the naked eye? No. As it moves further away from the Sun and from Earth, it’ll continue fading out. At the beginning of the month, it’ll be a respectable visible telescope target from dark enough skies at magnitude 6.2, but by the end it’ll have dimmed past 10th magnitude, and thus be pretty much only easily visible through photography.

On any given night, check The Sky Live’s updated page on where exactly you can find the comet.

Moon Jupiter Saturn Triangle 4 – August 1,2

Since all three objects will be near opposition throughout the entire night, you can see this formation throughout the night. This is the fourth Triangle Conjunction this year!

Perseid Meteor Shower – August 11-13

This report is acknowledging the event, but also warning you:

Don’t let click-bait sites fool you into thinking this will be a spectacular show… you’ll have a last quarter moon out washing a good amount of the meteors, and if you’re in a light polluted sky, forget it!

You are better off waiting until the Geminids this year!

Moon Jupiter Saturn Triangle 5 – August 28

You’ll once again see the three objects forming a close triangle in the sky.

Just Tell Me Where the Planets Are…

Mercury will pretty much hug the Sun this month, and be lost in the glare.

Venus will be nearly impossible to miss over the east in the early morning skies before sunrise.

Mars will come up later in the night, and be best viewed when it’s highest before dawn.

Jupiter and Saturn will be paired together in Sagittarius, and be best seen between 10-11 pm local time.

Uranus and Neptune are late night early morning telescope targets. Neptune will be in Aquarius while Uranus in Aries.


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