Upcoming Celestial Events...
Perseid Meteor Shower - Visible from July 17 to August 24, and is projected to peak on August 12. Best viewing conditions occur after midnight
In the Sky This Month...
Lunar Phases for…
Full Moon - August 18
Last Quar - August 25
New Moon - September 1
First Quar - September 9
You can download a sky chart for each month from Skymaps.com.
When can I see the planets?
|Planet||Rise||Transit||Set||Where do I look?||Public Observing|
|Mercury||8:35am||3:04pm||9:33pm||W horizon after sunset||Mercury is too low in the sky to observe from our location|
|Venus||7:53am||2:35pm||9:15pm||W horizon after sunset||Dec '16|
|Mars||3:27pm||8:23pm||1:21am||Look to the south after sunset||May '16 to Dec '16|
|Jupiter||9:55am||4:07pm||10:20pm||W horizon after sunset||Feb '16 to Aug '16|
|Saturn||4:01pm||9:06pm||2:14am||Look to the south after sunset||May '16 to Oct '16|
Mercury is very low in the western sky after sunset.
Venus is very low in the western sky after sunset. At mag. -3.7, Venus is the brightest object in the sky, other than the sun and moon, of course.
Mars is currently visible in the southern evening sky at about 30 degress above the horizon. Mars is easy to spot in the night sky due to its red color.
Jupiter is very low in the western sky after sunset and will set shortly after, it can be seen shining brightly at magnitude -0.81. Binoculars or a small telescope will show the disk of Jupiter as well as its four Galilean moons. A stronger telescope will reveal cloud bands as well as the Great Red Spot.
Saturn At magnitude 0.64, Saturn will appear as a moderately bright star-like object slightly above Mars in the southern evening sky. The rings of Saturn are visible even through a small telescope or binoculars, but with a larger telescope, moons, faint cloud bands and even Cassini's Division, a large gap in Saturn's rings, can be observed.
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