What to see in the sky in August: Year's best meteor shower to Sturgeon Moon
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The night sky will be filled with things to see in August, from meteor showers to the summer's last full moon.
Make sure to keep your eyes to the skies over the next month for the following:
Phases for August are as follows:
- New moon - July 28
- First quarter - August 5
- Sturgeon Moon - August 12
- Also known as the 'green corn moon', 'red moon', and 'grain moon', this full moon is linked with the end of the summer and the start of the harvest. It is named after the fish readily caught during this part of the summer.
- Last quarter - August 19
- New moon - August 27
The stars and planets
At the start of the month there will be a conjunction between Mars and Uranus.
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The early hours of August 1 will see the planets in a close approach. You will need equipment to spot this.
A comet has been passing close to early and will be at its brightest on August 4.
PANSTARRS is now moving away from earth but will be visible in the Scorpius constellation.
The conjunction between the moon and Saturn on August 11 can be seen without equipment, but may be less visible due to the brightness of the full moon.
By the middle of the month, Saturn will be at opposition with the sun and will be brightly illuminated.
On August 15 there will be a conjunction between the moon and Jupiter. They will be 1.5 degrees apart and can be seen without equipment.
There will be a conjunction between the moon and Mars on August 19.
Visible this month on August 22 will be Asteroid 4 Vesta in opposition.
It will be brightly lit and visible with a pair of binoculars.
Other things to look out for...
Perseid meteor shower
Active between July 17 and August 24, this shower will peak on August 12 and 13.
This shower is associated with the 109P/Swift-Tuttle comet.
There will be up to 100 meteors per hour which are characterised by fast meteors with trains.
International Space Station
The ISS will be visible from August 1 to August 6.
It will appear between 10pm and 1am for up to seven minutes moving from the west to the southeast.