August Skies 2012

The month of August has already proved interesting with the Perseid meteor shower putting on a good display on the 12th and 13th.

Jupiter & Venus

Jupiter and Venus continue to make a good pairing in the morning sky after their close conjunction on the 12th with the moon. Venus is always worth a look through the scope to check out it’s current Phase & the constantly changing face of Jupiter with the dancing moons, Io, Ganymede, Callisto & Europa providing a constantly changing visual feast.

Mars & Saturn

The western early evening sky hosts two other planets in close conjunction with the bright star Spica in Virgo. On the 21st Spica, Saturn and the Moon have a close encounter, followed by the Moon and Mars the next night on the 22nd. Mars is little more than a small red dot as it recedes from the earth in its orbit. However Saturn never fails to impress with it’s gossamer thin glowing rings.

Blue Moon

There is a “Once in a Blue Moon” event this month, well literally, as there is a “Blue Moon” on the 31st. Well not actually Blue, but being the second full moon for the month it is classified as a Blue Moon.

So there you go, lots to see, so rug up and get out under the night sky with your Star Disc and Red light to discover the Secrets of the night sky this month.

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