In the August 2016 Sky Watch you’ll find stargazing highlights and astronomy tips on what to see in this month’s night sky; check back each month for updates on the planets, Moon phases, Full Moon, conjunctions, meteor showers, solstices, equinoxes, and eclipses, courtesy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Sky Watch August 2016
by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac
(Note: Times listed below are ET.)
August highlights of the night sky:
- Venus is now technically an evening star. With an unobstructed horizon, it can first be glimpsed in the western twilight on the 4th, 35 minutes after sunset.
- Look for the thin crescent Moon just to the left of Mercury, with Venus far to its lower right and Jupiter higher and to the left of them all.
- The Moon stands above fading Mars on the 11th. It sets by 1:00 A.M. to provide dark skies for the Perseid meteor shower, which peaks in the hours before dawn. This should be one of the better years for this most popular display of shooting stars.
- From the 19th to the 24th, Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury form a triangle very low in the western sky after sunset.
- Venus and Jupiter are extremely close together on the 27th.
For a full year of Sky Watch—plus astronomical information—pick up a copy of The 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Sky Map August
Use our Sky Maps (Star Charts) to locate the stars, planets, and other objects in the sky.
We offer printable sky maps, too, to help you know what you’re seeing when you look up!