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August 2011 Sky Guide
« on: 11:55:10, 31 July, 2011 »


August Sky Guide 2011

Full moon on the 13th, new moon on the 29th.

The Perseid meteor shower will peak this month between the 11th and 14th but unfortunately this coincides with the full moon!

Planets

Mercury becomes visible towards the end of the month in the early morning before sunrise.

Venus is approaching superior conjunction this month on the 15th so is not well placed.

Mars visible in the early morning sky at the beginning of the month in Gemini, rising earlier through the month and becoming better placed for imaging.

Jupiter well placed this month in Aries, rising by midnight at the end of the month. This planet has a higher elevation than in recent years making it better for imaging.

Saturn will be just visible in the evening sky after sunset early in the month before almost disappearing from view by the end.


Comets visible this month (to mag 12)

C/2010 G2 Hill is visible through the month in Lynx
Garradd (2009 P1) will be visible in the early hours in Pegasus, heading into Sagitta by the end of the month

ISS Passes

There are visible ISS passes almost every night of the month.
For 10 day listings for your location please check www.heavens-above.com (free registration required).

 
Deep Sky

Best deep sky imaging is from the 1st to the 6th and from the 22nd on.

At last the nights are starting to draw in giving better opportunities for imaging. Cygnus still takes center stage but don't forget the other constellations. M27, M13 and M57 are well placed and good targets (though small) for beginning imagers.
The galaxies M31 & M33 will now be rising early enough for serious imaging.
Brocchi's cluster (the coathanger) is another favourite worth trying for.
Vesta reaches peak brightness on the 5th and will be visible low in the South.
Leigh
vixen 60s, modded 1000D, modded 300D, DSI I, 10" dob (work in progress), some other bits and a stupendous talent for attracting cloud!

 

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