Happy August [2021]!

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

Celestial calendar

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 8New Moon at 13:51 UTC.

August 12, 13Perseids 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 19Jupiter 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 22Full 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]

Listening to

Pink Floyd
Live At Pompeii

Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun


Queens of the Stone Age

My God Is The Sun

Happy August everyone!

41 replies »

  1. These are incredible, Marina. Happy August and wishing you a wonderful month. Our August began in Pet ER. Copper’s sick at the moment, so please keep him in your prayers and positive thoughts. xoxo

    • Oh, noooo!!!!!! Why?!!!!
      I am sending you all and I mean ALL my thoughts! I hope he’s back home in no time and all well!! 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🐾🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏
      Many hugs and stay positive!!!!

  2. Than Pink Floyd song rules almost as much as your sun captures do!

    Beautiful, Marina and I enjoyed your music selections!


    • Oh… I think it just rules! 😉 I am far far behind!!!! 🤣😉
      Thank you, Dahling!!!!

  3. I love your First of the Month posts! Your star photos are spectacular.
    Oohh.. And I’ll have to remember to photograph the Blue Moon. It is the first day of my vacation! (It won’t be easy…)

  4. You have the best way of beginning a new month, Martina! Happy August. I read that you are under a heat wave on your side of the world too! We are hoping for rain, now that Vancouver is being blanketed with smoke from the fires that are happening in the interior of British Columbia. So I am asking, Zeus, the god of rain and thunder to wake up and do something. I think he heard because rain is in the forecast next week. Hugs!!!

    • Ah, thank you, my dear Rebecca. Yes, Resa mentioned something about a heat wave over at your side of the ocean. I pray to all gods, Zeus included, for some rain, but for us, it looks like this one is here to stay for another week above 40s[C]. But this too shall pass, after all it’s summer. I hope all the fires stop soon. Many many hugs your way!

  5. I love your sunburst photos. Lots of good celestial activities in August. We have notice that Jupiter and Saturn have been getting brighter. Great selection of sun music.

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