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Guide to the Night Sky 2020
2020 Guide to the Night Sky

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  Sky Calendar -- August 2020
2 Moon near Jupiter (evening sky) at 0h UT. Mag. −2.7.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
2 Moon near Saturn (evening sky) at 14h UT. Mag. 0.2.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
3 Full Moon at 15:58 UT.
9 Moon near Mars (morning sky) at 9h UT. Mag. −1.3.
Mars (Wikipedia)
9 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 14h UT (distance 404,659 km; angular size 29.5').
10 Venus 4.4° S of M35 cluster (46° from Sun, morning sky) at 11h UT. Mag. −4.3.
11 Last Quarter Moon at 16:47 UT.
12 Perseid meteor shower peaks at 13h to 16h UT. Peak lasts about 12 hours. Active from July 17 to August 24. Produces swift, bright meteors (50-100 per hour) many with persistent trains. Best viewed after midnight. Moonlight interferes this year.
Perseids (Wikipedia)
2020 Meteor Shower Calendar (PDF) (IMO)
12 Moon near the Pleiades at 16h UT (morning sky).
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
13 Venus at greatest elongation west (46° from Sun, morning sky) at 0h UT. Mag. −4.3.
13 Moon near Aldebaran at 10h UT (morning sky).
Aldebaran (Wikipedia)
15 Moon near Venus (morning sky) at 14h UT. Mag. −4.3.
Venus (Wikipedia)
16 Moon near Castor (morning sky) at 15h UT.
16 Moon near Pollux (morning sky) at 20h UT.
17 Mercury at superior conjunction with the Sun at 15h UT. The innermost planet passes into the evening sky.
17 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 (morning sky) at 19h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
19 New Moon at 2:41 UT. Start of lunation 1208.
21 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 10:58 UT (distance 363,513 km; angular size 32.9').
23 Moon near Spica (evening sky) at 2h UT.
Spica (Wikipedia)
25 First Quarter Moon at 17:58 UT.
26 Moon near Antares (evening sky) at 8h UT.
Antares (Wikipedia)
29 Moon near Jupiter (evening sky) at 2h UT. Mag. −2.6.
29 Moon near Saturn (evening sky) at 18h UT. Mag. 0.3.
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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