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ASTRONOMY

Astronomy

August, 2018

Highlights
Highlights
Venus is at Greatest Eastern Elongation. The brightest thing in the sky, except for the Sun and the Moon, Venus is the object most often mistaken for a UFO. If you live near the metro you will likely assume it is an airplane coming in for a landing and yet, minutes later, it hasn't moved. Venus is so amazingly bright because its thick cloud layer reflects more than 75% of the sunlight that hits it.

Morning Sky

Mercury moves from the evening sky, into the morning, reaching Greatest Western Elongation on August 26, 18.3 E Sunrise degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view it while at its highest point above the eastern horizon in the pre-dawn sky.

Evening Sky

The planet Venus reaches greatest eastern elongation of 45.9 degrees from the Sun on August 7. This is the best time to view Venus since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. Look for the bright planet in the western sky after sunset. At the same time, you will find Jupiter in the southwest 22 degrees above the horizon early in the month, and 15 degrees above at the end. The Moon will visit Venus on August 13 and 14, and Jupiter on August 16, and then make a close pass of Saturn on August 21 and Mars on August 23. Find them early in the month in the southeast at sunset, then higher in the southern sky by month's end.

Sun Declination

PHENOMENA

4th, Last Quarter Moon - 1:18 pm

6th, Moon near Aldebaran - 3:00 pm

10th, Moon perigee (222,500 miles) - 1:06 pm

11th, New Moon Harvest (Ojibwe) - 4:58 am

12th, Perseids Meteor Shower peak - 1:46 pm

18th, First Quarter Moon - 2:48 am

23rd, Moon apogee (252,119 miles) - 1:06 pm

26th, Full Moon - 6:56 am

29th, Moon apogee (251,228 miles) - 6:32 am

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