What's in the Sky
July 31, 2019
August is one of my favorite months for viewing the night sky. Darkness comes a bit earlier, nights are warm, and the summer Milky Way is high overhead. This summer we'll have the bright planets Jupiter and Saturn in the southern evening sky, one on each side of the Milky Way. August is summertime stargazing at its best.
Our days are getting shorter with the advance of the seasons. At the start of August, sunset comes at about 8:35 p.m. By the end of the month, it has moved back almost an hour to 7:46 p.m. We lose about an hour and a half of daylight during the month.
Start the month off by viewing the International Space Station, as it zooms overhead on the evening of Aug. 1. It will pas...