The Night Sky - August 2019
Despite being the height of summer with the bright summer stars Deneb, Vega and Altair dominate the southern skies there are signs of
autumn's approach as the hours od darkness start to lengthen. Pegasus and Andromeda fill the eastern skies late on an August evening.
August also plays host to the Perseid meteor shower. The early morning of the 12th/13th of August will give us the best chance of viewing the shower
but the peak is quite broad and so it is well worth observing on the nights before and after.
High Lights of the Month
- 1st:6th (after sunset):Looking towards the south south-west Jupiter and Antares.
- 9th (evening): Jupiter near the Moon
- 10th:16th (before dawn): Looking east north-east Mercury should be visible in the pre-dawn sky
- 12th/13th (midnight to dawn):Perseid meteor shower peak
- 24th (before dawn): Lunar occultations in the Hyades Cluster
Perseid Meteor Shower
If clear, these mornings should give us a chance of observing the Perseid meteor shower produced by debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle.
The early morning of the 12th/13th of August will give the best opportunity of viewing the shower. Most meteors are seen looking
approx. 50 degrees from the "radiant" which lies between Perseus and Cassipeia.
Although this year the Moon will be just before full so we will only expect to see the brighter meteors.
Information collated from Jodrell Bank and Astronomy Now magazine