After the Perseids peak August 11-12, a double shadow transit on Jupiter and the crescent Moon passing close to Venus bring excitement to the weekend.
In this week’s sky, a Full Moon that wanes and meets Mars, and Comet NEOWISE passes close to Messier 53.
In the news recently: a telescope images multiple planets around a Sun-like star, volcanoes on Venus appear to be active and Hubble spots changes in haze on Saturn.
As the Southern Delta Aquariids peak, Venus passes CE Tauri and the Moon passes Jupiter and Saturn.
Comet NEOWISE climbs higher in evening sky, Saturn reaches opposition and Mercury reaches greatest western elongation.
In the news: a Canadian space museum plans to re-open next month, a comet makes a beautiful appearance in Canadian skies, and more information emerges about how the life-friendly element of carbon was formed in the universe.
May your skies be clear to see these astronomical events. Comet NEOWISE will be visible in the evening this week, Jupiter and Pluto both reach opposition, and the crescent Moon visits Venus.
This week was set to be relatively quiet, but Comet NEOWISE had other plans. Also look for some close astronomical passes over the weekend.
Managing editor Allendria Brunjes talks about limits — limits in the sky, in space, of our machines and bodies.