To temporarily replace the guide to what is in the night sky on our Stargazing evenings, here are some of the things you can see on clear nights during August.
For a map of the August sky see Astronomy Now
Here is a list of the objects that you might want to look out for in August. There are 3 planets visible to naked eye this month. Rather than logging their rise and set times every day they have been logged every week. Please note that the rise and set times are for Herstmonceux. Planets will rise at different times at different latitudes in the UK. The bracketed rise time is for Edinburgh.
Look out for the planets rising earlier and earlier each evening. The links take you to the astronomy glossary which will give you further information. Times of ISS passes are for Battle East Sussex. Visible passes of the ISS are occurring throughout the month but only those you can see before midnight have been added to the list.
Likewise for the Moon rise times will be different for different latitudes see Time and Date for rise and set times for different locations.
|Date||What will I see?|
ISS pass from 21:48:57 WSW to 21:50:32 SSW. Highest altitude 11° so very low. Magnitude -1.1.
Full Moon Rises 21:10 and sets on the 4th at 05:53.
Last Quarter Moon Rises 23:39 and sets 15:03 on the 12 August.
Peak of the Perseids Meteor Shower. Duration of the shower is 17July - 24 Aug but best seen late evening onwards 11/12 and 12/13 August.
Venus at Greatest Western Elongation (46 degrees angular separation from the Sun) so a fabulous morning object. Rises 02:05 (01:55) in the east at magnitude -4.5 so a very bright object. Constellation Gemini (close to the border with Orion).
New Moon Rises at 05:49 and sets at 20:56.
First Quarter Moon Rises at 14:15 and sets at 23:11