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  Sky Calendar -- August 2016
2 New Moon at 20:45 UT. Start of lunation 1158.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
4 Moon near Venus (16° from Sun, evening sky) at 5h UT. Mag. -3.9.
4 Moon near Regulus (18° from Sun, evening sky) at 8h UT.
4 Moon very near Mercury (25° from Sun, evening sky) at 22h UT. Occultation visible from southern South America. Mag. +0.0.
5 Venus 1.0° NNE of Regulus (16° from Sun, evening sky) at 16h UT. Mags. -3.9 and +1.4.
6 Moon very near Jupiter (39° from Sun, evening sky) at 3h UT. Mag. -1.7. Occultation visible from South Pacific.
8 Moon near Spica (evening sky) at 16h UT.
10 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 0h UT (distance 404,262 km; angular size 29.6').
10 First Quarter Moon at 18:21 UT.
12 Moon near Mars (evening sky) at 1h UT. Mag. -0.6.
12 Perseid meteor shower maximum predicted between 13h and 16h UT. Active from July 17 to August 24. Produces swift, bright meteors (50 to 100 per hour) many with persistent trains. Best viewing conditions occur after midnight.
Observing the Perseids (Gary Kronk)
Meteor Shower Calendar PDF (IMO)
12 Moon near Saturn at 13h UT. Mag. +0.4.
16 Mercury at greatest elongation east (27° from Sun, evening sky) at 21h UT. Mag. +0.3.
18 Full Moon at 9:27 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
20 Mercury 3.8° SW of Jupiter (27° from Sun, evening sky) at 6h UT. Mags. +0.5 and -1.7.
22 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 1h UT (367,050 km; angular size 32.6').
24 Mars 1.8° N of Antares (98° from Sun, evening sky) at 15h UT. Mags. -0.4 and +1.0. Saturn nearby at mag. +0.5.
25 Moon near the Pleiades (92° from Sun, morning sky) at 0h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
25 Last Quarter Moon at 3:41 UT.
25 Moon near Aldebaran (83° from Sun, morning sky) at 17h UT. Occultation visible from USA, Mexico and parts of Indonesia.
27 Venus 0.07° NNE of Jupiter (22° from Sun, evening sky) at 16h UT. Mags. -3.9 and -1.7. Very close pairing of the two brightest planets!
28 Mercury, Venus and Jupiter within a 5.1° circle (23° from Sun, evening sky) at 4h UT. Mags. +0.9, -3.9 and -1.7.
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Summer Time = UT - 4 hours.

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