Welcome to the August 2017 Sky Watch! The month is packed with sky shows, from the total solar eclipse to meteor showers to pretty Moon pairings at the end of the month.
Sky Watch August 2017
by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2017 Old Farmer’s Almanac
(Note: Times listed below are ET.)
What’s up in August? Here are the highlights:
- On August 2, the Moon hovers above Saturn.
- The 12th brings the Perseid meteors, but a bright Moon will interfere with good viewing. See our guide to the 2017 Perseid Meteor Shower.
- On the 19th, the Moon is just below Venus, which adequately maintains its elevation in the morning sky, in Gemini.
- The first total solar eclipse in the United States in 38 years unfolds August 21. Hopefully, many will travel to be within the narrow ribbon of totality, rather than view the mere partial eclipse seen throughout the continent. (Warning: Eye protection required, such as welder’s goggles with shade #12 or #14.) We’ve got some great information about the eclipse so you can get the most out of this rare event. See my 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Guide and Map.
- The Moon is to the right of ever-lower Jupiter on the 24th and above Jupiter on the 25th. Look just after sunset for the beautiful crescent Moon in the southwest skies.
- On the 30th, the Moon pairs up again with a planet, sitting to the upper left of Saturn in the southern evening sky.