News on what is visable in this months sky as posted by Adrian Zielonka's in his monthly sky notes.
Thank you Adrian and thank you CADAS.
Here is the astronomy new for August 2020
Sky 2020 - August
Full Moon – 3th
Last Quarter – 11th
New Moon – 19th
A useful site: www.heavensabove.com
There is a planned launch no earlier than 30th
July of an United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral.
The Mars Perseverance Rover will be sent on its journey to search for
signs of habitable conditions on Mars in the ancient past and for
signs of past microbial life. The launch window has been extended to
August. The journey to Mars is a tricky one. The orbital paths of
Earth and Mars align just once every 26 months, so it's imperative
that Perseverance launch within its window to avoid a costly two-year
Howell (10.7 mag – July 16th) travels from Virgo
into Libra this month. (For details on this comet or others listed
below please see the 'Comet' section in the website above)
Jackson-Neujmin (12.2 mag – July 16th) stays in the
constellation of Orion this month.
N2 Asassn (14.3 mag – July 12th) travels from the
constellation of Camelopardalis to Ursa Minor this month.
N1 Atlas (14.1 mag – July 12th) travels from the
constellation of Canes Venatica to Coma Berenices this month. Its
reaches perihelion on December 1st.
K2 Panstarrs (15.0 mag – July 12th)C travels from
the constellation of Draco into Hercules this month. It reaches
perihelion in December 2022.
K7 Smith (15.5 mag – July 9th) travels from the
constellation of Sagittarius into Hercules this month. It was at
perihelion in June when it was 4.475AU from Earth, which is within
the orbit of Jupiter.
F5 Master (15.8 mag – July 8th) is in the
constellation of Apus this month. Its at perihelion in March 2021.
(not visible from the UK as it is the southern hemisphere)
Comet C/2017 U7
(15 mag – July 10th) is in the constellation of
Sagittarius this month.
Saturn are slowly drifting away from each other this month and by the
31st they will be 8½ degrees apart. They do have a very
close conjunction in December though.
From the 1st
- 5th the asteroid Vesta passes within 2½ degrees of
Mercury. On the 3rd at 5:00am they will be just ½ a
degree apart. Mercury will be 5¼ degrees above the ENE horizon and
at 62 degrees azimuth. The two stars Upsilon Geminorum (4 mag) and
Kappa Geminorum (3.5 mag) point to their direction. (For further
information on this asteroid or others please visit the website
On the 1st at midnight in the south Jupiter is just 2½
degrees above the moon with Saturn 7¾ degrees to the left of
From the 1st
- 6th Comet C/2019 L3 Atlas (15.9 mag – July
17th) passes close to the star Gamma Cassiopeiae (2.1 mag)
in Cassiopeia (the middle star of the 'W'). On the 3rd at
midnight its less than a ¼ of a degree away.
the asteroid Ceres (7.9 mag) passes close to the star '114341' (3.6
mag) in Aquarius. On the 5th
at midnight they are less than a ¼ of a degree apart low in the
south east and 10½ degrees above the horizon. (For further
information on Ceres or other asteroids please visit the 'Asteroid'
section in the website above).
At 10:00pm on the 2nd Saturn will be 5½ degrees above
right of the moon with Jupiter 7¾ degrees to the right of Saturn.
At around 10:30pm
on the 2nd Comet C/2019 U6 (8.5 mag – July 17th)
will be 5 degrees from the star Muphrid (2.6 mag) in Bootes and 10
degrees from Arcturus (0 mag), all three in a straight line. Also on
the 2nd Comet C/2017 T2 Panstarrs (10.3 mag –
July 16th) is just 1 degree from Comet U6.
Mars is at
perihelion on the 3rd.
On the 3rd at midnight the star Zeta Capricorni (3.7 mag)
in Capricornus is 2¾ degrees below left of the moon.
From the 4th
- 12th Comet 115P Maury (15.2 mag – July 12th)
is close to the star Lambda Aquilae (3.4 mag) in the constellation of
Aquilla. On the 8th/9th their just ¾ of a
degree apart. Its at perihelion on the 29th when its
2.057AU from the Sun.
At 12:30am on the night of the 5th the star Tau Aquarii (4
mag) in Aquarius is 2¼ degrees to the right of the moon.
Mercury is at
perihelion on the 6th.
On the 6th at midnight Neptune is 5¼ degrees above the
moon and 1¾ degrees to the right.
Mercury will be close to the Beehive Cluster on the 8th &
At 10:30pm on the
8th & 9th Comet C/2020 F3 Neowise (3
mag – July 20th) will be approximately midway between
the stars Muphrid (2.6 mag) in Bootes and Vindemiatrix (2.8 mag) in
Virgo looking low in the west and 20 degrees above the horizon. On
the 8th its 0.984 AU from Earth.
The moon is at
apogee (404,659km from the Earth) on the 9th at 2:51pm.
At midnight on the 9th Mars will be 4¾ degrees to the
left of the moon... and at 4:30am Mars will be 3 degrees above left
of the moon in the south.
On the 10th at 4:30am Mars will be 9 degrees to the right
of the moon.
At 4:30am on the 11th Uranus will be 4 degrees above the
moon and 2 degrees to the right. The star Mu Ceti (4.2 mag) in Cetus
is just 1¾ degrees below right of the moon.
On the 12th at 4:30am the Pleiades star cluster is 9
degrees above left of the moon.
The Perseids meteor shower reaches its peak on the 12th/13th.
They can be seen from the 16th July - 23rd
August. Their associated with Comet Swift-Tuttle.
Venus is at
maximum western elongation on the 13th.
From the 13th
- 16th Venus passes close to the star Nu Geminorum (4.1
mag) in Gemini. Venus is 5½ degrees below left of the moon with the
star Nu Geminorum only a ¼ of a degree above Venus.
At 4:30am on the 13th the star Ain (3.5 mag) in Taurus is
1 degree from the crescent moon with Aldebaran (0.8 mag) 3¼ degrees
below Ain. An occultation of Ain by the moon occurs also today which
is visible over parts of eastern Russia, Alaska, Canada and the USA.
Y1 Atlas (13 mag – July 12th) stays in the
constellation of Virgo this month. From the 14th - 18th
it passes close to the star Delta Virginis (3.3 mag) in Virgo. On the
16th it will be less than a ¼ of a degree from the star.
at 3:00am Comet
(12.5 mag – July 8th)
will be 2 degrees from the crescent moon and at
4:30am the star Propus (3.3 mag) in Gemini is just 1 degree below the
At 4:30am on the 16th the star Wasat (3.5 mag) in Gemini
is just 2½ degrees below left of a thin crescent moon. Venus is 9½
degrees to the upper right of the moon.
Mercury is at
superior conjunction on the 17th.
Christensen (15.5 mag – June 23rd) is in the
constellation of Virgo this month. On the 17th its just 1½
degrees from the star Delta Virginis (3.3 mag).
On the 18th at 5:00am a very thin crescent moon will be 1½
degrees above the ENE horizon and at 60 degrees azimuth.
From the 19th – 24th Mars
passes close to the star Nu Piscium (4.4 mag) in Pisces. On the 21st
their just ½ a degree apart.
At 8:50pm on the 19th low in the WNW a very thin crescent
moon may be seen. The moon will be 1½ degrees above the horizon and
at 288 degrees azimuth.
On the 20th at 9:00pm the moon will be low in the west at
4 degrees above the horizon and at 276 degrees azimuth.
- 23rd Comet C/2020 K8 Catalina-Atlas (15.8 mag –
July 17th) passes close to Venus. On the 22nd
at 3:00am they will be approximately 3 degrees apart. Its closest to
Earth on the 14th/15th when it will be 0.598AU
distance. Its at perihelion (0.475AU) on September 14th.
The moon is at
perigee (363,513km from the Earth) on the 21st at 11:58am.
At 9:00pm on the 21st the star Porrima (2.7 mag) in Virgo
is 4 degrees to the left of the crescent moon.
From the 22nd – 24th Venus passes close to
the star Mekbuda (4 mag) in Gemini. On the 23rd their just
½ a degree apart.
On the 22nd at 9:00pm the star Spica (1 mag) in Virgo is
6½ degrees to the lower left of the crescent moon. The star Virginis
(3.3 mag) is 5¼ degrees above the moon.
At 9:00pm on the 24th the star Zubenelgenubi (2.7 mag) in
Libra is 5¼ degrees to the lower right of the moon.
(14.2 mag – July 16th)
will pass close to the star Zeta Virginis (3.3 mag) in Virgo. On the
their just ½ a degree apart.
From the 25th
- 31st the asteroid Vesta passes through the Beehive
Cluster in Cancer during the early hours of the morning.
On the 25th at 9:00pm the star Acrab (2.5 mag) in Scorpios
is 1 degree to the right of the moon. An occultation of Acrab by the
moon this occurs evening from 7:08:54pm – 8:19:47pm (These times
are set from Yeovilton). The Sun sets at 8:11pm.
At 10:30pm on the 26th the star Theta Ophiuchi (3.2 mag)
in Ophiuchus is 3½ degrees to the left of the moon.
From the 28th
Aug – 2nd Sept Comet C/2019 F1 Atlas-Africano
(14.8 mag – June 23rd) passes close to the star Pi
Hydrae (3.2 mag) in Hydra. On the 30th/31st
their just 1 degree apart. Its at perihelion in June 2021.
On the 28th at 9:00pm Jupiter is 4 degrees to the upper
left of the moon. The star Nunki (2 mag) is 2 ½ degrees to the lower
right of the moon. The star Pi Sagittarii (2.8 mag) is 2½ degrees to
the upper right of Jupiter.
At 9:00pm on the 29th Saturn is 3½ degreesto the upper
right of the moon. Jupiter is 8½ degrees to the right of Saturn.
(14 mag – July 10th)
is in the constellation of Ursa Major this month. It reaches
perihelion on the 29th.
On the 31st at 9:00pm the star Delta Capricorni (2.8 mag)
is 2½ degrees above the moon and 1 degree to the left.
* = Dates and times
are subject to change.
Solar Orbiter: The science
payload is composed of 10 instruments.
Polarmetric and Helioseismic Imager (Germany): Provides
high-resolution and full-disk measurements of the photospheric vector
magnetic field and line-of-sight (LOS) velocity as well as the
continuum intensity in the visible wavelength range. The LOS velocity
maps have the accuracy and stability to allow detailed helioseismic
investigations of the solar interior, in particular of the solar
convection zone high-resolution and full-disk measurements of the
photospheric magnetic field.
News: It was
announced on the 16th July that the first images from
Solar Orbiter, have revealed omnipresent miniature solar flares,
dubbed 'campfires' on the surface of the Sun. The 'campfires' were
captured by the Extreme Ultraviolet Imager (EUI) from Solar Orbiter's
Facts: Astronaut Ed White made the first American spacewalk during
the Gemini 4 mission on the 3rd June 1965. It was over the
Pacific Ocean and lasted for 23 minutes.
My thoughts: With all the Starlink satellites that going into orbit
around our planet spoiling the photos from ground-based telescopes
wouldn't be a good idea to have a few ground-based ones, around the
surface of the moon?