August 30, 2013
Here are the monthly sky watch highlights. Each month, we share the wonders of the universe to help you explore the night sky from your own backyard. (Note: Times listed below are ET.)
by Bob Berman, as featured in
The 2014 Old Farmer's Almanac
Venus hovers just above blue Spica on the 6th and 7th. It stubbornly remains just 10 degrees high some 40 minutes after sunset but has brightened to magnitude –4.1. It is close to the Moon, with Spica just below and Saturn to the upper left, on the 8th. Saturn stands to the right of the Moon on the 9th and then hovers above Venus from the 15th to the 19th. Jupiter, brightening to magnitude –2.1 and rising ever earlier, clears the horizon around 1:00 A.M. and is well up for viewing during the predawn hours. It meets the Moon on the 28th and stands high up at dawn. The autumnal equinox brings fall at 4:44 P.M. on the 22nd.