The Doncaster night sky this month

The August Night Sky

These are the areas of sky you should be able to see looking in the direction of sky mentioned at around the 15th of this month, about 10:30pm BST.

Remember, stars (and planets can be included) appear to rise and set 4 minutes earlier on each successive day. This equates to 1 hour every 15 days. Therefore on the 30th, the maps will show the sky for 9:30pm BST. While, on the 1st of the month, the maps will show the sky for 11:30pm BST. 

Click on each image to get a full-screen view of the area of sky.

Notes: Unofficially known as the start of the new sky observing season. The nights are noticeably starting to get earlier and darker. By 10:30pm BST you should be able to see the bright stars and the fainter stars begining to show themselves.

In the SW, Jupiter may just be seen before it sinks below the horizon.

Saturn is still on view in the SSE-S-SSW but low in the sky. The rings are tilted towards us and is a magnificent sight in the telescope.

Mars can also be seen trailing behind Saturn even lower to the horizon. I for one cannot observe it from my garden. So a trip to the Society Telescopes at Austerfield will be worth a visit. But as we know from our avid society astro-photograhers, a huge dust storm is currently ranging on the planet and blocking-out most observable features. Last month, Mars was the closest to the Earth since 2003 and will not be this close again until October 6th 2020 when it will be of a similar size. So, while it is here take this opportunity to observe Mars through a telescope and even photograph the planet.

Pluto Neptune & Uranus also are in the sky, but a telescope will be needed!

Also it is meteor season. The Perseid Meteors peak on the 12th August. But you will catch sporadic meteors at any time. Look towards the constellation Perseus from midnight onwards where the radiant appears from.

The Phases of The Moon this month:

The Northern area of sky this month:

The Eastern area of the sky this month:

The Southern area of the sky this month:

The Western area of the sky this month:

Graphics generated by the planetarium software, “The Sky 6”.
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