Here’s a quick look at what’s going on in the sky during the month of August, 2013:
August 3 — Moon at apogee (its farthest point from the Earth).
August 6 — New Moon, 5:51 p.m. The Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight.
August 12 — Perseid meteor shower peaks. Typically one of the most spectacular meteor showers of the year, 2013 is expected to be an especially good year.
August 14 — First Quarter Moon, 9:45 p.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.
August 19 — Moon at perigee (its closest point to the Earth).
August 20 — Full Sturgeon Moon, 9:45 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 27 — Neptune at opposition. A body in space is at opposition when it sits 180° from the Sun in relationship to the Earth. This is the best time to view a planet.
August 28 — Last Quarter Moon, 5:35 a.m. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.