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What's in the Sky...August

 

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PLANET MONTH: August is a good month to see five planets in the sky. It is also time for the Perseid meteor shower.

Welcome to August, a great month for stargazing. Darkness begins to come earlier, we enjoy the Perseid meteor shower, and we get a chance to see all 5 naked-eye visible planets in the evening sky. There is plenty to see when the sun sets.

We begin the month with an after-sunset show; all 5 planets that are easily visible to the naked eye (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) will be in the sky immediately after sunset. Mercury and Venus will be visible very low in the west, Jupiter will be in the western sky, with Mars and Saturn in the south. You'll need to look very low in the west, right after sunset, to catch a glimpse of Venus and Mercury before they set. A great place to see...



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