From a lunar eclipse to a surprise comet to five planets visible at the same time, July's sky has been an incredible sight. Well, sky lovers, August is also full of celestial events that you won't want to miss, including a bright full moon, one of the best meteor showers of the year, and astronaut launches. If you decide to venture outside to catch these celestial sights during the warm summer evenings, be sure to follow C.D.C. guidelines regarding social distancing amid the ongoing pandemic.
August 3: The Full Sturgeon Moon
Named after a large freshwater fish in North America, August's full moon will appear bright on Saturday, August 3 and reach its peak on Sunday, August 3. To watch the full moon rise, look towards the southeast during sunset.
August 11-12: Perseid Meteor Shower
Though already active, the best time to catch the Perseid meteor shower is August 11 and 12. During these nights, the meteor shower will peak, according to the American Meteor Society. The shower's "maximum" (the highest number of meteors fall per hour) will be during the pre-dawn hours, per The Farmer's Almanac. One of the most plentiful showers, 50 to 100 meteors per hour can typically be seen during Perseid's peak. Space.com To catch the best meteor shower of the year, simply go outside and look up. Between midnight and dawn will be the best time to watch.
August 15: Venus and the Crescent Moon in Conjunction
At 9 a.m. EDT, Venus and the crescent moon will be in conjunction, per the Space.com. Set your alarm for before dawn to catch the morning star and the moon side-by-side above the eastern horizon.
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