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 2015
by Bob Berman, as featured in The Old Farmer’s Almanac
(Note: Times listed below are ET.)
All planets except Saturn now fall into the Sun’s glare and become difficult or impossible to see. The close conjunction between Jupiter and Mercury, extremely low in bright twilight on the 6th, is visually challenging.
The Perseid Meteor Shower: The absence of the Moon on the night of the 11th makes for ideal viewing conditions of the great Perseid meteor shower, which peaks after midnight. Expect a shooting star every minute.
On the 15th, Venus slides behind the Sun in an inferior conjunction, ending its evening star apparition. The gibbous Moon floats to the upper left of Saturn on the 22nd.
For a full year of Sky Watch—plus astronomical information—pick up a copy of The 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac—just released!
Sky Map August 2015
We offer printable sky maps, too, to help you know what you’re seeing when you look up!