Monday, August 7, 2006

August's Sky Watch

August 8th- N. Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower. Faint, medium speed meteor shower. July 15 - August 25, with a radiant in central Aquarius. Possibly not visable at all due to the full moon.

August 9th - Full Moon

August 10th - Neptune at Opposition. The blue planet will be at its closest approach to Earth. This is the best time to view Neptune, although it will only appear as a tiny blue dot in all but the most powerful telescopes.

August 12th - Perseids Meteor Shower. The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at their peak. The shower will peak this year on Saturday, August 12, but you should be able to see some meteors for most of the month of August. On the 12th, the light from the nearly-full moon will cause some problems for viewing the smaller meteors. The radiant point for this shower will be in the constellation of Perseus. Best view will be to the northeast between 2am-4am.

August 23rd - New Moon

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