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Bruce McClure

Moon, Venus, Jupiter August 14 to 16

Bright planets and an orbiting moon! Enjoy them on these August evenings.

Wondrous moon and Venus on August 13

On Monday evening, a great celestial drama begins as the moon sweeps by Venus. There are 4 bright planets in the evening sky now, and the moon will pass each one in turn.

Perseid meteor shower: All you need to know

Some believe that Monday morning – August 13 – will be the best morning for 2018’s Perseid meteor shower.

Perseids are peaking this weekend!

Best mornings are likely Sunday and Monday, but Saturday should be good, too! Here are tips and links for helping you enjoy the beloved annual Perseid meteor shower.

Partial solar eclipse on August 11

The August 11, 2018 partial solar eclipse happens will be seen in the Arctic, far-northeastern Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Scandinavia, and much of Asia (north and east).

Top 10 tips for watching 2018’s Perseid meteors

The Perseid meteor shower should be at its best this weekend. People are reporting meteors already! Here’s how to watch.

Dark Rift in the Milky Way

Standing under a dark sky? Look up! In August, you’ll notice a long, dark lane dividing the bright Milky Way. This Dark Rift is a place where new stars are forming.

August 8 and 9 before sunup: Moon in Gemini

The moon has now waned to a slim crescent phase. It’s near the stars Castor and Pollux – the legendary Gemini “twins” – on August 8 and 9, 2018.

August 6 and 7 before sunup: Moon in Taurus

These next 2 mornings – August 6 and 7, 2018 – you’ll find the moon in front of Taurus the Bull, near its 2 most prominent signposts: the bright star Aldebaran and the Pleiades star cluster.

Summer Triangle on August evenings

The Summer Triangle is a fixture of our skies at this time of year. Its 3 stars are Vega, Deneb and Altair.