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  Sky Calendar -- August 2011
1 Moon near Regulus (21° from Sun, evening sky) at 7h UT.
1 Moon near Mercury (22° from Sun, evening sky) at 9h UT.
2 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 21h UT (365,761 km; 32.7').
4 Moon near Saturn (evening sky) at 6h UT. Mag. +0.9.
5 Moon near Spica (evening sky) at 1h UT.
6 First Quarter Moon at 11:08 UT.
8 Moon near Antares (evening sky) at 7h UT.
13 Perseid meteor shower maximum predicted between 1h and 13h UT, perhaps at 6h UT. Active from July 17 to August 24. Produces swift, bright meteors (50 to 100 per hour) many with persistent trains. Very unfavorable this year due to strong moonlight.
Perseids (Gary Kronk)
Meteor Shower Calendar (IMO)
13 Full Moon at 18:57 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
16 Venus at superior conjunction with the Sun at 12h UT. Passes into the evening sky (not visible).
17 Mercury at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 1h UT. Mercury passes into the morning sky.
18 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 16h UT (distance 405,161 km; angular size 29.5').
20 Moon near Jupiter (morning sky) at 9h UT. Mag. -2.6.
21 Last Quarter Moon at 21:54 UT.
22 Moon near the Pleiades (88° from Sun, morning sky) at 0h UT.
Pleiades (star cluster) (Wikipedia)
22 Moon near Aldebaran (morning sky) at 22h UT.
22 Neptune at opposition (midnight sky) at 23h UT. The best time to view the most distant planet in the Solar System. Requires a telescope (see map). Mag. +7.8.
25 Moon near Mars (47° from Sun, morning sky) at 13h UT. Mag. +1.4.
26 Moon near Pollux (morning sky) at 3h UT.
27 Moon near Beehive cluster (morning sky) at 3h UT.
29 New Moon at 3:04 UT. Start of lunation 1097.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
30 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 18h UT (360,858 km; 33.1').
31 Moon near Saturn (evening sky) at 20h UT. Mag. +0.9.
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Daylight Time = UT - 4 hours.

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