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  Sky Calendar -- August 2006
1 Moon very near Spica at 1h UT (evening sky). Occultation visible from Chile and Argentina.
2 Moon near Jupiter at 8h UT (evening sky). Mag. -2.1.
2 First Quarter Moon at 8:46 UT.
4 Moon very near Antares at 18h UT (evening sky). Occultation visible from southern most Africa.
Occultation of Antares (IOTA)
7 Mercury at greatest elongation, 19° west from Sun (morning sky) at 0h UT. Mag. +0.1, low in the east-northeast, about 3° directly below Venus (-3.9).
9 Full Moon at 10:54 UT. The full Moon of August is called the "Green Corn Moon" or "Grain Moon".
10 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 18h UT (359,750 km; 33.2').
10 Mercury 2.2° from Venus at 21h UT (19° from the Sun, morning sky). Mags. -0.4 and -3.9.
11 Moon very near Uranus at 6h UT (morning sky). Mag. +5.7. Occultation visible from southern and eastern parts of South America.
12 Perseid meteor shower peaks at 23h 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. Unfortunately moonlight will greatly reduce visibility this year.
The Perseids by Gary W. Kronk
16 Last Quarter Moon at 1:51 UT.
16 Moon near the Pleiades at 15h UT (morning sky). Occultation visible from Japan, Siberia, and Alaska.
Occultation of the Pleiades (IOTA)
20 Moon near Pollux at 18h UT (evening sky).
22 Moon near Venus at 6h UT (18° from Sun, morning sky).
23 New Moon at 19:10 UT. Beginning of lunation 1035.
26 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 1h UT (distance 406,269 km; angular size 29.4').
26 Venus 0.08° from Saturn at 23h UT (16° from Sun, morning sky).
28 Moon very near Spica at 1h UT (evening sky). Occultation visible from Tasmania, New Zealand, and Antarctica.
Occultation of Spica (IOTA)
29 Moon near Jupiter at 22h UT (evening sky). Mag. -1.9.
31 First Quarter Moon at 22:57 UT.
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Daylight Time = UT - 4 hours.

Clear skies till next month!

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