Get your last look at Jupiter while Saturn is staying up shorter amounts of time, the annual Orionid Meteor Shower and this year moonless Halloween skies.
August, even with very short nights, will be a great month for watching the four brightest naked-eye planets at sunset, the usual close encounters, and the annual Perseid Meteor Shower.
What to look out, and up, for in August. The Perseid Meteor Shower peaking on 12/13th August
Dress warmly, gather some friends and family, and head outside to watch sand burn in the upper atmosphere. There’s nothing like a good meteor shower.
The holidays are upon us, and we have a great Geminid Meteor Shower, the winter constellations appearing, 2 or 3 morning planets, and a year-end occultation of Aldebaran by the Moon.
November brings us earlier nights, all the naked-eye planets visible at some point near dusk or dawn, and a couple of close encounters between them. You might catch some Leonid meteors or a lineup of Venus, Jupiter, and Mars in the mornings.
August brings us the most anticipated astronomical event of the past few years, the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse across America.