Stargazing for August 2020

The Perseid Meteor Shower

August 3, 2020
Moon and Girl

Ready to see some shooting stars? Here are a couple fun astronomical tidbits to enjoy this month.

Catch the Sturgeon Moon

August’s full Moon, which is traditionally called the Sturgeon Moon, will appear on the nights of Sunday, August 2, and Monday, August 3! Look southeast after sunset to watch it rise above the horizon.

Read more about the Sturgeon Moon!

The Perseid Meteor Shower

The Perseid meteor shower occurs every year from about July 23 to August 22, reaching its peak from late August 11 to dawn on August 13. The shower’s “maximum”—when the greatest number of meteors per hour fall—is typically in the pre-dawn hours (when it’s still dark) of August 11, 12, and 13.

This year, the Perseids will compete against the brightness of the last quarter Moon, which appears on August 11. Because of this, it will be more difficult than usual to see the Persieds during their peak. For the best chance of seeing the meteors, look toward the sky before midnight on August 11, 12, or 13.

Find a dark field or other area with a lot of sky and little light, then look up! And don’t forget to make a wish!