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  Sky Calendar -- August 2022
2 Mars 1.3° SE of Uranus at 1h UT (morning sky). Mags. 0.2 and 5.8.
4 Moon near Spica at 2h UT (evening sky).
Spica (Wikipedia)
4 Mercury 0.7° NNE of Regulus at 10h UT (18° from Sun, evening sky). Mags. −0.4 and 1.4.
5 First Quarter Moon at 11:06 UT.
7 Moon near Antares at 11h UT (evening sky).
Antares (Wikipedia)
10 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 17:07 UT (distance 359,828km; angular size 33.2').
12 Full Moon at 1:35 UT.
12 Moon near Saturn at 7h UT (midnight sky). Mag. 0.3.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
13 Perseid meteor shower peaks at 1h UT. Peak lasts about 12 hours. Active from July 14 to September 1. Produces swift, bright meteors (50-100 per hour) with persistent trains. Best viewed after midnight. Bright moonlight will hinder viewing this year.
Perseids (Wikipedia)
2022 Meteor Shower Calendar (PDF) (IMO)
14 Saturn at opposition (opposite the Sun) at 17h UT. The planet is at its closest and brightest at Mag. 0.3. Saturn’s rings are visible even in a small telescope.
Opposition (Astronomy) (Wikipedia)
15 Moon near Jupiter at 12h UT (morning sky). Mag. −2.8.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
18 Venus 0.6° S of Beehive cluster M44 at 1h UT (17° from Sun, morning sky). Mag. −3.9.
18 Moon near Uranus at 15h UT (97° from Sun, morning sky). Occultation visible from the north Pacific Ocean. Mag. 5.7.
Uranus (Wikipedia)
19 Last Quarter Moon at 4:35 UT.
19 Moon near Mars at 11h UT (morning sky). Mag. 0.0.
Mars (Wikipedia)
19 Moon near the Pleiades at 14h UT (morning sky).
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
20 Moon near Aldebaran at 8h UT (morning sky).
Aldebaran (Wikipedia)
21 Mars 5.5° SE of the Pleiades at 2h UT (88° from Sun, morning sky). Mag. 0.0.
22 Moon near M35 star cluster at 6h UT (57° from Sun, morning sky).
Messier 35 (Wikipedia)
22 Asteroid 4 Vesta at opposition at 7h UT. Mag. 5.8.
Vesta (Wikipedia)
22 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 22h UT (distance 405,418km; angular size 29.5').
23 Moon near Castor at 19h UT (morning sky).
24 Moon near Pollux at 1h UT (morning sky).
25 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 at 5h UT (morning sky).
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
27 New Moon at 8:16 UT. Start of lunation 1233.
27 Mercury at greatest elongation east at 16h UT (27° from Sun, evening sky). Mag. 0.3.
29 Moon near Mercury at 18h UT (27° from Sun, evening sky). Mag. 0.3.
Mercury (Wikipedia)
31 Moon near Spica at 8h UT (evening sky).
Spica (Wikipedia)
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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