What’s up in the skies for August 2022? This month is all about the bright planets—with a couple of conjunctions (close pairings) with the Moon for stunning sky scenes. Bob Berman also shares tips about the Perseid Meteor Shower and the last supermoon of the year.
Good news! In August 2022, the planets are visible in the night sky AND the morning sky. There are plenty of good chances to see bright, visible planets outdoors this month.
Sky Watch for August 2022
by Bob Berman, as featured in The 2022 Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Saturn in the Evening Sky
This month belongs to Saturn, our solar system’s beautiful ringed planet.
Saturn is now rising at a very convenient 9 to 10 P.M., offering viewing opportunities to night owls. Look for a steady, yellow point of light near the southeast horizon.
And Saturn reaches opposition, its closest and brightest of 2022, on the 14th of August! But any night this month with clear weather will a good night for viewing, as Saturn is visible all night long.
Jupiter in the Evening Sky
Later in August, look for Jupiter rising around 9 p.m. to join Saturn in the eastern sky. The Giant Planet will be out all night, appearing through the early morning in the western skies.
Planet Viewing in the Morning Sky Before Sunrise
As morning twilight begins from the 1st to the 3rd, look for bright Mars, now at magnitude 0, halfway between far-apart Venus, low in the east, and Jupiter, nicely up in the south.
If you have binoculars, can easily see green Uranus next to orange Mars; Uranus is just northwest of Mars.
On the 14th, the Moon is near Jupiter, only a finger’s width away. Like Mars and Uranus, they’ll make a great pairing through binoculars, and you’ll also likely catch a glimpse of Jupiter’s four largest moons.
Image: About 45 minutes before sunrise on August 24, look south to see Jupiter
On the 19th, look before daybreak for the Moon closely above Mars! The pair appear extremely close together for a gorgeous conjunction in the eastern skies. If you have binoculars, look nearby for the Pleiades aka the Seven Sisters. Jupiter will also be visible, to the right of Mars and the Moon.
Image: About 45 minutes before sunrise on August 19, look south to see Mars
On the 25th, the crescent Moon hovers above Venus, with the Moon to the planet’s lower left on the next morning.
The Perseid Meteor Shower lasts most of the month. With the peak (August 11 to 13) washed out by a full Moon, look for the meteors outside of the peak dates and/or focus on dark areas of the sky without the full moon in sight. See Moonrise and set times.
The most active time for shooting stars is when it’s darkest (just after midnight through dawn).
August’s full Sturgeon Moon reaches its peak on Thursday, August 11, 2022. It will be the last supermoon of the year, bringing supermoon season to a close! The next supermoon will not rise until July 3, 2023.
Learn when to look for the August’s Full Moon and why it got such a peculiar name in our August Moon Guide.