Sky Watch: August 2014

Our galaxy, the Milky Way. Credit: NASA

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Welcome to this month's Sky Watch, courtesy of The Old Farmer's Almanac. We'll tell you the best times to view celestial highlights, including conjunctions, meteor showers, and planets. 

Sky Watch August 2014

by Bob Berman, as featured in The Old Farmer's Almanac
(Note: Times listed below are ET.)

The Moon floats between blue Spica and orange Mars on the 3rd. The next night, it sits between Mars and Saturn.

The 10th brings the closest Moon of the year, just 221,765 miles away. It is full in the same hour of its closest approach, creating a large rising Moon at sunset and great tides the next day. The Perseid meteor shower will be ruined by the light of this Moon on the 11th.

Venus spectacularly meets Jupiter low in the east just before dawn on the 18th. Mars, in Libra, passes dramatically below Saturn at nightfall from the 22nd to the 27th in the southwestern sky. Neptune, in Aquarius, reaches opposition on the 29th.

The Moon plops between orange Mars and pale Saturn on the 31st; both planets have precisely the same magnitude 0.6 brightness.

For a full year of Sky Watch—plus astronomical information—pick up a copy of the 2015 Almanac here.

Sky Map August 2014

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!

Click here for our new Sky Map page!
 

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