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  Sky Calendar -- August 2013
1 Moon near Aldebaran (59° from Sun, morning sky) at 13h UT.
3 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 9h UT (distance 405,833 km; angular size 29.4').
3 Moon near Jupiter (33° from Sun, morning sky) at 22h UT. Mag. -1.9. A beautiful sight with Mars close to the horizon.
4 Moon near Mars (28° from Sun, morning sky) at 9h UT. Mag. +1.6.
5 Moon near Mercury (19° from Sun, morning sky) at 5h UT. Mag. -0.5.
6 New Moon at 21:50 UT. Start of lunation 1121.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
8 Moon near Regulus (14° from Sun, evening sky) at 3h UT.
9 Moon near Venus (35° from Sun, evening sky) at 23h UT. Mag. -4.0. Always an impressive sight.
12 Moon near Spica (evening sky) at 8h UT.
12 Perseid meteor shower maximum predicted between 18h and 21h UT. Active from July 17 to August 24. Produces swift, bright meteors (50 to 100 per hour) many with persistent trains. Very favorable viewing conditions this year for this major meteor shower.
Perseids (Gary Kronk)
Meteor Shower Calendar (IMO)
13 Moon near Saturn (evening sky) at 5h UT. Mag. +0.7.
14 First Quarter Moon at 10:56 UT.
15 Moon near Antares (evening sky) at 18h UT.
17 Mars 5.8° S of Pollux (32° from Sun, morning sky) at 23h UT. Mags. +1.6 and +1.2.
19 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 1h UT (362,264 km; angular size 33.0').
21 Full Moon at 1:44 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
24 Mercury at superior conjunction with the Sun at 21h UT. The elusive planet passes into the evening sky.
27 Moon near the Pleiades (95° from Sun, morning sky) at 23h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
28 Last Quarter Moon at 9:35 UT.
28 Moon near Aldebaran (85° from Sun, morning sky) at 21h UT.
30 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 24h UT (distance 404,881 km; angular size 29.5').
31 Moon near Jupiter (54° from Sun, morning sky) at 17h UT. Mag. -2.0.
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Summer Time = UT - 4 hours.

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