Observing Highlights for August 2015
(closest to Earth) at 10h UT (362,139 km; angular size 33.0').
at 2:03 UT.
Jupiter and Regulus
within a circle of diameter 1.0° (15° from Sun, evening sky) at 17h
UT. Mags. -0.6, -1.7 & +1.3. Much brighter Venus is nearby.
near the Pleiades
(morning sky) at 5h UT.
very near Aldebaran
(66° from Sun, morning sky) at 0h UT. Occultation visible from eastern
Europe and west Asia.
of Aldebaran (IOTA)
(morning sky) at 9h UT.
(17° from Sun, morning sky) at 3h UT. Mag. +1.7.
maximum predicted between 6h and 9h UT. Active from July 17 to August
24. Produces swift, bright meteors (50 to 100 per hour) many with
persistent trains. Favorable viewing conditions this year.
the Perseids (Gary Kronk)
Shower Calendar (IMO)
at 14:53 UT. Start of lunation 1146.
at inferior conjunction
with the Sun at 19h UT. The planet passes into the morning sky.
(21° from Sun, evening sky) at 13h UT. Mag. -0.2.
(farthest from Earth) at 3h UT (distance 405,848 km; angular size
(evening sky) at 21h UT.
0.22° S of Beehive cluster
(20° from Sun, morning sky) at 18h UT. Mag. +1.8.
(evening sky) at 19h UT. Mag. +0.5.
at 19:31 UT.
(evening sky) at 15h UT.
with the Sun at 22h UT. Passes into the morning sky (not visible).
(closest to Earth) at 15h UT (358,290 km; angular size 33.4').
times Universal Time (UT). USA Central Standard Time = UT-6 hours. (DST = UT-5 hrs,)
is caused by sunlight reflected off meteoric dust in the plane
of the solar system. Choose a clear, moonless night, about 1-2
hours after sunset, and look for a large triangular-shaped glow
extending up from the horizon (along the ecliptic). The best
months to view the Zodiacal Light is when the ecliptic is almost
vertical at the horizon: March and April (evening) and
October-November (morning); times reversed for the southern
Picture of the Day (APOD)
the Zodiacal Light (Weatherscapes)