Sky Calendar

August 2016
2New Moon at 20:45 UT. Start of lunation 1158. 
4Moon near Venus (16° from Sun, evening sky) at 5h UT. Mag. -3.9.
4Moon near Regulus (18° from Sun, evening sky) at 8h UT.
4Moon very near Mercury (25° from Sun, evening sky) at 22h UT. Occultation visible from southern South America. Mag. +0.0.
5Venus 1.0° NNE of Regulus (16° from Sun, evening sky) at 16h UT. Mags. -3.9 and +1.4.
6Moon very near Jupiter (39° from Sun, evening sky) at 3h UT. Mag. -1.7. Occultation visible from South Pacific.
8Moon near Spica (evening sky) at 16h UT.
10Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 0h UT (distance 404,262 km; angular size 29.6').
10First Quarter Moon at 18:21 UT.
12Moon near Mars (evening sky) at 1h UT. Mag. -0.6.
12Perseid meteor shower maximum predicted between 13h and 16h UT. Active from July 17 to August 24. Produces swift, bright meteors (50 to 100 per hour) many with persistent trains. Best viewing conditions occur after midnight. 
12Moon near Saturn at 13h UT. Mag. +0.4.
16Mercury at greatest elongation east (27° from Sun, evening sky) at 21h UT. Mag. +0.3.
18Full Moon at 9:27 UT. 
20Mercury 3.8° SW of Jupiter (27° from Sun, evening sky) at 6h UT. Mags. +0.5 and -1.7.
22Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 1h UT (367,050 km; angular size 32.6').
24Mars 1.8° N of Antares (98° from Sun, evening sky) at 15h UT. Mags. -0.4 and +1.0. Saturn nearby at mag. +0.5.
25Moon near the Pleiades (92° from Sun, morning sky) at 0h UT. 
25Last Quarter Moon at 3:41 UT.
25Moon near Aldebaran (83° from Sun, morning sky) at 17h UT. Occultation visible from USA, Mexico and parts of Indonesia.
27Venus 0.07° NNE of Jupiter (22° from Sun, evening sky) at 16h UT. Mags. -3.9 and -1.7. Very close pairing of the two brightest planets!
28Mercury, Venus and Jupiter within a 5.1° circle (23° from Sun, evening sky) at 4h UT. Mags. +0.9, -3.9 and -1.7.
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Summer Time = UT - 4 hours.