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In The Sky

We are indebted to Arthur Black for supplying this information.
Should you wish to communicate with Arthur, please email him at:  arthur.black10@btinternet.com

Here is stargazing info for August 2019.

This month there is a partial lunar eclipse and various meteor showers and many other things to see so is worth getting out at night if you get a clear sky.

  • 5th    Moon near star Spica 930pm WSW
  • 6th    Moon near star Spica 930pm SW 
  • 9th    Mercury close and brighter. Is low in the East between 5am and 6am 
  • 9th    Moon near Jupiter and star Antares with Saturn well to the left 1030pm SSW
  • 11th  Moon near Saturn 1030pm S 
  • 11th/12th   Perseids meteor shower peak 
  • 12th  Moon close to Saturn 1030pm S 
  • 12th  Jupiter close to star Antares 1030pm SW
  • 12th/13th   Perseids meteor shower peak 
  • 23rd/24th   Crescent Moon below the Pleiades and right on the edge of the Hyades star cluster near the bright star Aldebaran. Better with binoculars or telescope 1am E 
  • 26th   End of Perseids meteor shower
Jupiter - very bright. Lies low in the South West in Ophiuchus. It sets about midnight.
Saturn- lies low in the South but higher than Jupiter and to it's left in Sagittarius. It sets around 230am.  Neptune - dim but visible all night long in Aquarius.  Uranus - lies in Aries rising around 1030pm.  Mercury - good view this month.  Very low in the East in Leo. Closest and brighter on the 9th between 5am and 6am. Best view mid month when highest in the morning twilight. Moves rapidly close to the sun after the 9th.  Mars - might be visible early in the month as it sets in the west  Venus - not visible this month  Delta Cephei star - yellow star in the constellation Cepheus. Check the brightness of this star as it changes from +3.5 (brightest) to +4.4 (faintest) every 5 days 9 hours.  Thus is as a result of the star swelling and shrinking in size from 32 to 35 times the Sun's diameter. 
Perseids meteor shower - begins around 18th July and continues until around 26th August and peaks on August 11th/12th when there may be around 100 meteors or more per hour.  Full Moon makes conditions less favourable

Never look at the Sun with the naked eye or through binoculars or a telescope as doing this will blind you.

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