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What’s up in the sky this August

1 Aug 2018, 09:00 UTC
What’s up in the sky this August
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Article written by: Yanina Metodiva
It’s the beginning of a new month, filled with new exciting events in the night sky. Here is a brief summary of what to expect in the next few weeks.
The Planets in August
In August we will be able to see all the planets in the Solar system.
Mercury
Mercury is currently hiding near the Sun, rising just a few minutes before sunrise. In the second half of August it will be easier to observe, rising earlier and earlier in the morning hours, reaching greatest western elongation on the 26th. This means the planet will be furthest away from the Sun and easiest to spot in the Eastern sky, rising at 4:39am, a whole 1 hour 45 minutes before the Sun.
Mercury as seen on 26th August 2018 at 4:39am. Image Credit: Heather Alexander/Stellarium/Armagh Observatory and Planetarium

The Moon and another eclipse
Technically our Moon is not a planet, but I’d like to include some information about its phases here. In the first days of August the Moon is Waning Gibbous, slowly melting away, rising later and later in the night. It reaches Last Quarter on the 4th and New Moon on the 11th ...

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