Here’s a quick look at what’s going on in the sky during the month of August, 2011:
August 2 — Moon at perigee (its closest point to the Earth).
August 6 — First Quarter Moon, 7:08 a.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.
August 13 — Perseid meteor shower peaks. Typically one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year, this year’s peak is expected to be weak because it coincides with the Full Moon.
August 13 — Full Sturgeon Moon, 2:57 p.m. The visible Moon is fully illuminated by direct sunlight. Though the Moon is only technically in this phase for a few seconds, it is considered “full” for the entire day of the event, and appears full for three days.
August 15 — Honda—Mrkos—PajduÅ¡Ã¡kovÃ¡ comet could be visible to the naked eye.
August 18 — Moon at apogee (its farthest point from the Earth).
August 18 — Kappa Cygnid meteor shower. A minor meteor shower originating near the constellation Cygnus. Coincides with the tail end of the Perseid shower.
August 21 — Last Quarter Moon, 5:56 p.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.
August 28 — New Moon, 11:03 p.m. The Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight.
August 30 — Moon at perigee (its closest point to the Earth).