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Thursday, 1 August 2013

Astronomical phenomena August 2013

As an important event in this period, the Perseid mateor shower will reach its highest peaks on August 12, 13 . With the Moon being less than a week old and setting before midnight, this is a good year for the Perseids.
Venus stays low on the northwestern horizon for an hour after sunset.

This calendar will be modified with events which will appear in time, such as evolving asteroids or other objects in the sky.
Here's how it looks:

03 august 2013 - Moon at the Apogee.  at 10:53 Moon reaches apogee, the farthest point from Earth: 405,834 km from Earth.

06 august 2013 - New Moon. Moon will be between the Earth and the Sun and will not be visible from Earth. This phase takes place at 21:51.

12 august 2013  Mercury at Aphelion . Mercury reaches the farthest point from the Sun at 03:00.

12.13 august 2013 - Perseid meteor shower.   Perseids are one of the best meteor showers that produce up to 60 meteors per hour at their peak hours. Radiant point is in the constellation Perseus, and the meteors originates from the tail of Swift-Tuttle Comet.Find a place away from city lights and look to the northeast after midnight.

19 august 2013 - Moon at the Perigee  at 3:26 Moon reaches perigee, the closest point to Earth: 362,265 km from Earth.

21 august 2013 - Full Moon. Earth is between the Sun and the Moon and so the Moon will be fully illuminated as seen from Earth. This phase occurs at 01:45.

27 august 2013 -  Neptune will be in oposition. The planet will be closest to Earth and it will be fully illuminated by the Sun. This is the best time to observe Neptune. Because of its distance, it will appear only as a tiny blue dot.

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