Catch an early morning glimpse of Mercury, Venus and Uranus this month, while planning for some late evening/nightly views of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune.
This week promises some intriguing views as we head towards the Hunter’s Moon.
Get your telescopes out Monday night for an excellent opposition — Jupiter will be a brilliant magnitude -2.94.
The Moon wanes through the week to its new phase on Sunday, while autumn officially arrives in Canada with the September equinox.
Look for Mars, Jupiter and Saturn in the evening skies this month, while Venus and Mercury grace the early mornings.
Celestial meetups, a minor planet at opposition and a new Moon for deep-sky gazing — it’s all in This Week’s Sky
After the Moon meets the bluish Pleiades and red Mars, it goes on its way to third quarter, allowing deep-sky objects to shine through
Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus will brighten night skies, while Venus remains a pre-dawn planet.
The Perseid Meteor Shower is the highlight of the week, peaking after midnight on Friday night, August 12, into the wee hours of Saturday morning.