August Astronomy Events

August Astronomy Events - Astroimaging - Mike Weasner

There are a few August astronomy events to look out for. Meteors, Saturn, Jupiter, and the Folklore Moon will all be visible throughout the month of August. Therefore, if you have a smartphone and spotting scope or telescope, you can try your hand at taking pictures and videos.

A big thank you to Mike Weasner of Cassiopa Observatory for letting us use his images. You can see more of Mike’s work here:

The information below on August astronomy events is from

Wednesday and Thursday, 11 and 12 August:

The Perseid meteors will perform in full glory. This is the most-watched meteor shower of the year where people wait for this special day. The best time to watch these fast-shooting stars is the post-midnight hours.

Friday, 20 August:

Saturn would pass close to the moon about 3.8 degrees north of it. While Jupiter would pass near the blue moon on 22 August within 4.1 degrees of the moon. It will also be evident during that August week, where all three celestial bodies will appear unusually bright and closer. Meanwhile, these planets will appear to the naked eye as big bright stars.

August Astronomy Events - Astroimaging - Mike Weasner - Moon photo

Sunday, 22 August:

The third of four full moons in an astrological season is a clear meaning of blue moon. On this day, the full moon will rise and be clearly seen. Also, the full moon in August is known as folklore. People who are interested can follow this link to get moonrise and moonset time in your area. Reports also suggest that the next seasonal Blue Moon will not be seen until 19 August 2024.

Jupiter and Saturn will be in opposition this month but their full brightness will be seen on the day of the full blue moon. It will be an easy view for skygazers, as they will not need to look too far to view Saturn, Jupiter, and the blue moon all on the same night.

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