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  Sky Calendar -- August 2007
4 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 0h UT (368,891 km; 32.4').
5 Last Quarter Moon at 21:20 UT.
7 Moon near Mars at 2h UT (morning sky). Mag. +0.5.
7 Moon near the Pleiades at 2h UT (morning sky).
10 Moon near Pollux at 22h UT (morning sky).
12 New Moon at 23:03 UT. Start of lunation 1047.
13 Perseid meteor shower peaks around 5h UT. Active from July 17 to August 24. Produces swift, bright meteors (50 to 100 per hour) many with persistent trains. No special equipment is required to observe the meteor shower. Simply find a dark location away from direct light and lie back and look up at the stars. Skywatchers in North America should observe on Sunday night August 12-13.
Meteor Shower Calendar 2007 (IMO)
15 Mercury at superior conjunction at 20h UT (not visible). Passes into the evening sky.
18 Venus at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 4h UT. The planet passes into the morning sky.
18 Moon near Spica at 4h UT (evening sky).
19 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 3h UT (distance 404,618 km; angular size 29.5').
20 First Quarter Moon at 23:54 UT.
21 Jupiter 5.0° from Antares at 9h UT (evening sky). Mags. -2.2 and +1.0.
21 Saturn in conjunction with Sun at 23h UT (not visible). Saturn passes into the morning sky.
22 Moon near Jupiter at 1h UT (evening sky).
22 Mars 4.6° from Aldebaran at 17h UT (morning sky). Mags. +0.4 and +0.9.
28 Full Moon at 10:35 UT. The full Moon of August is called the "Green Corn Moon" or "Grain Moon".
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
28 Total Eclipse of the Moon begins at 9:52 UT and ends at 11:23 UT. Mid-eclipse at 10:37 UT. Partial phases begin at 8:51 UT and end at 12:24 UT. The Moon will appear dark red-orange in color during totality (the Earth's shadow). Centered on the Pacific Ocean, the eclipse will be visible at dawn for skywatchers in North America and at dusk from East Asia.
Graphic: 2007 Aug 28: Total Lunar Eclipse (NASA)
NASA Eclipse Home Page (NASA)
Lunar Eclipse (Wikipedia)
31 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 0h UT (364,171 km; 32.8').
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Summer Time = UT - 4 hours.

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