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  Sky Calendar -- August 2008
1 New Moon at 10:13 UT. Start of lunation 1059.
1 Total Solar Eclipse visible from parts of the Arctic, Siberia, and northern China. Partial phases visible from most of Europe and Asia. Greatest totality (2 min 27 sec) occurs at 10:21 UT.
Watch the Eclipse Live From China (Exploratorium)
Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 August 01 (NASA)
August 1st's Eastern Solar Eclipse (Sky & Telescope)
2 Moon near Venus at 13h UT (15° from Sun, evening sky).
2 Moon near Regulus at 21h UT (19° from Sun, evening sky).
3 Moon near Saturn at 10h UT (26° from Sun, evening sky). Mag. +0.8.
4 Moon near Mars at 9h UT (evening sky). Mag. +1.7.
6 Venus 1.0° from Regulus at 3h UT (16° from Sun, evening sky). Mags. -3.9 and +1.4.
7 Moon near Spica at 0h UT (evening sky).
8 First Quarter Moon at 20:20 UT.
10 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 20h UT (distance 404,556 km; angular size 29.5').
10 Moon very near Antares at 20h UT (evening sky). Occultation visible from South America and southern Africa.
Occultation of Antares (IOTA)
12 Perseid meteor shower peaks around 11h to 14h 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. Simply find a dark location away from light and lie back and look up at the stars. Skywatchers in North America should observe in the pre-dawn hours of August 12.
The Perseids (Gary Kronk)
The 2008 Perseid Meteor Shower (NASA)
Meteor Shower Calendar 2008 (IMO)
13 Moon near Jupiter at 15h UT (evening sky). Mag. -2.6.
13 Venus 0.23° from Saturn at 18h UT (18° from Sun, evening sky). Mags. -3.9 and +0.9. Closest planet-planet event in 2008.
15 Mercury, Venus, and Saturn within 2.6° diameter circle at 7h UT (17° from Sun, evening sky). Mags. -0.5, -3.9, and +0.8.
16 Full Moon at 21:16 UT. The full Moon of August is called the "Green Corn Moon" or "Grain Moon".
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
16 Partial Lunar Eclipse at 21:10 UT (mid-eclipse). Visible from Europe, western Asia and Africa.
Partial Lunar Eclipse of 2008 August 16 (NASA)
August's Partial Lunar Eclipse (Sky & Telescope)
20 Mercury 0.93° from Venus at 21h UT (20° from Sun, evening sky). Mags. -0.3 and -3.9.
23 Last Quarter Moon at 23:50 UT.
26 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 4h UT (368,696 km; 32.4').
30 New Moon at 19:58 UT. Start of lunation 1060.
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Summer Time = UT - 4 hours.

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