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  Sky Calendar -- August 2012
2 Full Moon at 3:27 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
7 Saturn 4.5° NNE of Spica (evening sky) at 14h UT. Mags. +0.8 & +1.0.
9 Last Quarter Moon at 18:55 UT.
10 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 11h UT (distance 404,123 km; angular size 29.6').
10 Moon near the Pleiades (morning sky) at 21h UT.
Pleiades (star cluster) (Wikipedia)
10 Mars, Saturn and Spica within circle of diameter 4.5° (65° from Sun, evening sky) at 23h UT. Mags. +1.1, +0.8 & +1.0.
11 Moon near Aldebaran (morning sky) at 19h UT.
11 Moon very near Jupiter (67° from Sun, morning sky) at 22h UT. Occultation visible in Indonesia, Oceania, and Hawaii. Mag. -2.2.
12 Perseid meteor shower maximum predicted between 12h and 15h 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. Favorable conditions this year.
Perseids (Gary Kronk)
Meteor Shower Calendar (IMO)
13 Moon very near Venus (45° from Sun, morning sky) at 21h UT. Occultation visible from E. Asia, Japan, N. America (except NE), and Mexico.
Occultation of Venus (IOTA)
14 Mars 1.8° NNE of Spica (evening sky) at 5h UT.
15 Mars 2.7° SSW of Saturn (evening sky) at 8h UT.
15 Venus at greatest elongation, 46° west from Sun (morning sky) at 9h UT. Mag. -4.3.
16 Moon near Mercury (morning sky) at 2h UT. Mag. +0.1.
16 Mercury at greatest elongation, 19° west of Sun (morning sky) at 12h UT. Mag +0.0.
17 New Moon at 15:54 UT. Start of lunation 1109.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
21 Moon very near Spica (evening sky) at 23h UT. Occultation visible in New Zealand and Antarctica.
22 Moon, Mars and Saturn within circle of diameter 5.4° (58° from Sun, evening sky) at 2h UT. Mags. +1.2 and +0.8.
23 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 19h UT (369,728 km; 32.3').
24 First Quarter Moon at 13:54 UT.
25 Moon near Antares (evening sky) at 2h UT.
31 Full Moon at 13:58 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Daylight Time = UT - 4 hours.

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