Perseids Primetime, and 10 More Can’t-Miss Sky Events in August
Enjoy a cup of cosmic tea, a glowing lagoon, and a partial solar eclipse as you look up this month.
With the most popular annual meteor shower set to peak under dark moonless skies, and a parade of planets on deck, August promises to provide plenty of cosmic treasures.
So dust off those binoculars and get set to explore this month’s night sky.
In the pre-dawn hours, look for the last quarter moon to guide you to planet Uranus. The pair will be rising together in the eastern sky around midnight and by dawn will be riding high in the southeast. The cosmic pair will only be 6 degrees apart—a separation equal to the width of your three middle fingers held at arm’s length.
Uranus shines at magnitude 5, so it’s at the limit of the naked eye’s visibility, but binoculars will make