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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to August 2014

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Looking Up: A Stargazer’s Guide to August 2014

Here’s a quick look at what’s going on in the sky during the month of August 2014:

August 3 – First quarter Moon at 8:50 p.m. EDT. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is increasing.

August 4 – Moon/Saturn close at 12:18 p.m. EDT.

August 5 – Venus rises at 4:16 a.m. EDT.

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August 10 – Full Sturgeon Moon at 2:09 p.m. EDT. The visible moon is fully illuminated by direct sunlight. This will actually be one of the five supermoons that will happen in 2014. A supermoon, simply stated, is when the Moon makes its closest approach to Earth, also called perigee. This particular full supermoon will be extra “super” because it occurs during the closest approach of the Moon to the Earth. (The next supermoon is September 8th).  Although 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. It is called a “Sturgeon” Moon because Native Americans knew that the sturgeon of the Great Lakes and other bodies of water were most readily caught during this full Moon.

August 12 – Mars sets at 11:10 p.m. EDT.

August 13 – Perseid meteor shower 2:00 – 5:00 a.m. EDT.

August 17 – Last Quarter Moon at 8:26 a.m. EDT. One-half of the Moon appears illuminated by direct sunlight while the illuminated part is decreasing.

August 18 – Venus/Jupiter will be very close (spectacular viewing!) at 4:47 a.m. EDT.

August 19 – Jupiter rises at 4:40 a.m. EDT.

August 24 – Moon at apogee (its farthest point from the Earth) at 2:20 a.m. EDT.

August 25 – New Moon at 10:13 a.m. EDT. The Moon is not illuminated by direct sunlight.

August 26 – Saturn sets 10:53 p.m. EDT.

August 29 – Neptune at opposition.


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