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  Sky Calendar -- August 2019
1 New Moon at 3:12 UT. Start of lunation 1195.
1 Moon near Mars (10° from Sun, evening sky) at 21h UT. Mag. 1.8.
Mars (Wikipedia)
2 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 7:13 UT (359,398 km; angular size 33.3').
2 Moon near Regulus (20° from Sun, evening sky) at 14h UT.
Regulus (Wikipedia)
6 Moon near Spica (evening sky) at 6h UT.
Spica (Wikipedia)
7 First Quarter Moon at 17:32 UT.
9 Moon near Antares (evening sky) at 16h UT.
Antares (Wikipedia)
9 Mercury at greatest elongation west (19° from Sun, morning sky) at 23h UT. Mag. 0.1.
Mercury (Wikipedia)
10 Moon near Jupiter (evening sky) at 1h UT. Mag. −2.4.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
12 Moon near Saturn (evening sky) at 9h UT. Mag. 0.2. Occultation visible from eastern Australia, northern New Zealand, and French Polynesia.
Occultation of Saturn (IOTA)
Saturn (Wikipedia)
12 Jupiter 6.9° NE of Antares (evening sky) at 15h UT. Mags. −2.3 and 1.0.
13 Perseid meteor shower peaks at 0h UT. Peak lasts about 12 hours. Active from July 17 to August 24. Produces swift, bright meteors (50-100 per hour) many with persistent trains. Best viewed after midnight. Bright moonlight interferes this year.
Summer Meteor Shower (video) (StarGazers, PBS)
Meteor Shower Calendar (IMO)
14 Venus at superior conjunction with the Sun at 6h UT (not visible). Venus is passing into the evening sky.
Venus (Wikipedia)
15 Full Moon at 12:30 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
17 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 11h UT (distance 406,245 km; angular size 29.4').
23 Last Quarter Moon at 14:58 UT.
23 Moon near the Pleiades (morning sky) at 16h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
24 Moon near Aldebaran (morning sky) at 9h UT.
Aldebaran (Wikipedia)
27 Moon near Pollux (morning sky) at 14h UT.
30 New Moon at 10:37 UT. Start of lunation 1196.
30 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 15:58 UT (357,176 km; angular size 33.5'). Only 5.3 hours after New Moon so high tides are forecast.
All times Universal Time (UT).
  • US Eastern Daylight Time = UT − 4 hours.
  • US Pacific Daylight Time = UT − 7 hours.
  • Australian Eastern Standard Time = UT + 10 hours
  • Singapore Standard Time = UT + 8 hours.

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