Moon Phase: Waning Crescent • Illumination: 41.6% • Moon Age: 22.9 days • Moon Distance: 405,039.97 km
Bright star shinning
burning with his fiery blades
Sun taking his business a little too serious!
So I’m greeting August with Sun rays.
Thankfully, you only get the radiance, not the heat!!!!
• This month’s colors: Orange, Red & Light Green
• August Birthstones: Peridot, Sardonyx, Diamond, Jade & Sapphire
• Flowers associated with August: Gladiolus & Poppy
• Words of the month: integrity, friendship, love, marriage, remembrance
• Astrological signs: Leo & Virgo
August 2 • Saturn at Opposition. The ringed planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long. This is the best time to view and photograph Saturn and its moons.
August 8• New Moon at 13:51 UTC.
August 12, 13 • Perseids Meteor Shower. The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by comet Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862. The Perseids are famous for producing a large number of bright meteors. The shower runs annually from July 17 to August 24. It peaks this year on the night of August 12 and the morning of August 13. The waxing crescent moon will set early in the evening, leaving dark skies for what should be an excellent show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Perseus, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
August 19 • Jupiter at Opposition. The giant planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long. This is the best time to view and photograph Jupiter and its moons.
August 22 • Full Moon, Blue Moon at 12:02 UTC. Also known as the Sturgeon Moon, Green Corn Moon and the Grain Moon. Since this is the third of four full moons in this season, it is known as a blue moon. This rare calendar event only happens once every few years, giving rise to the term, “once in a blue moon.” There are normally only three full moons in each season of the year. But since full moons occur every 29.53 days, occasionally a season will contain 4 full moons. The extra full moon of the season is known as a blue moon. Blue moons occur on average once every 2.7 years.
[info from seasky]