Observing Highlights for August 2016
at 20:45 UT. Start of lunation 1158.
(16° from Sun, evening sky) at 5h UT. Mag. -3.9.
(18° from Sun, evening sky) at 8h UT.
very near Mercury
(25° from Sun, evening sky) at 22h UT. Occultation visible from
southern South America. Mag. +0.0.
1.0° NNE of Regulus
(16° from Sun, evening sky) at 16h UT. Mags. -3.9 and +1.4.
very near Jupiter
(39° from Sun, evening sky) at 3h UT. Mag. -1.7. Occultation
visible from South Pacific.
(evening sky) at 16h UT.
(farthest from Earth) at 0h UT (distance 404,262 km; angular
at 18:21 UT.
(evening sky) at 1h UT. Mag. -0.6.
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
the Perseids (Gary Kronk)
Shower Calendar PDF (IMO)
at 13h UT. Mag. +0.4.
at greatest elongation
east (27° from Sun, evening sky) at 21h UT. Mag. +0.3.
3.8° SW of Jupiter
(27° from Sun, evening sky) at 6h UT. Mags. +0.5 and -1.7.
(closest to Earth) at 1h UT (367,050 km; angular size 32.6').
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.
near the Pleiades
(92° from Sun, morning sky) at 0h UT.
at 3:41 UT.
(83° from Sun, morning sky) at 17h UT. Occultation visible from
USA, Mexico and parts of Indonesia.
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!
Venus and Jupiter
within a 5.1° circle (23° from Sun, evening sky) at 4h UT.
Mags. +0.9, -3.9 and -1.7.
times Universal Time (UT). USA Central Standard Time = UT-6 hours. (DST = UT-5 hrs,)
is caused by sunlight reflected off meteoric dust in the plane
of the solar system. Choose a clear, moonless night, about 1-2
hours after sunset, and look for a large triangular-shaped glow
extending up from the horizon (along the ecliptic). The best
months to view the Zodiacal Light is when the ecliptic is almost
vertical at the horizon: March and April (evening) and
October-November (morning); times reversed for the southern
Picture of the Day (APOD)
the Zodiacal Light (Weatherscapes)