Sky this month – August 2017

List of events in sky this month – August 2017:

3 – Close conjunction between Moon and planet Saturn, they are separated about 3 degrees.

7 – Full Moon.

7 – Partial lunar eclipse.

10 – Close conjunction between Moon and planet Neptunr, they are separated less than half a degree.

12 – Peak of the Perseids meteor shower, with ZHR of about 100.

16 – Lunar occultation of bright star γ Tau. More info

16 – Lunar occultation of bright θ1 Tau. More info

16 – Lunar occultation of bright θ2 Tau. More info

19 – Close conjunction between Moon and planet Venus, they are separated about 3 degrees.

21 – New Moon.

21 – Total Solar eclipse, not visible in Europe.

25 – Close conjunction between Moon and planet Jupiter, they are separated about 3 degrees.

30 – Close conjunction between Moon and planet Saturn, they are separated about 3 degrees.

Sky this month – July 2017

List of events in sky this month – July 2017:

2 – Asteroid 3 Juno in opposition.

3 – Earth in aphelion on its elliptical orbit around the Sun. Farthest point away from it.

9 – Full Moon.

10 – Pluto in opposition.

25 – Occultation of bright star Aldebaran (constellation Taurus) with the Moon.

23 – New Moon.

25 – Daytime occultation of planet Mercury with the Moon.

25 – Daytime occultation of bright star Regulus (constellation Leo) with the Moon.

29 – Peak of the δ–Aquarid meteor shower.

30 – Planet Mercury at greatest elongation east.

30 – First Perseids may be seen.

Sky this month – June 2017

List of events in sky this month – June 2017:

3 – Venus at its greatest west elongation.

5 – Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) at its brightest.

9 – Full Moon.

12 – Comet C/2015 V2 (Johnson) at perihelion.

14 – Comet 71P/Clark at its brightest.

15 – Saturn at opposition, best time to observe this planet.

20 – Maximum activity of Ophiuchid meteor shower with ZHR of around 5.

21 – Summer solstice.

24 – New Moon.

Sky this month – May 2017

List of events in sky this month – May 2017:

1 – Comet C/2015 ER61 (PANSTARRS) at its brightest.

4 – The Moon occults Regulus at 10:14UT, event visible from Australia.

6 – The Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower peak at ~2UT with the ZHR up to 50 meteors in dark location.

8 – Jupiter pases less than 3 degrees from Moon.

10 – Full Moon.

14 – Pluto pases less than 2 degrees from Moon.

18 – Mercury at Greatest eastern Elongation. It reaches elongation 26 degree west of the Sun in the dawn sky. The best time to observe Mercury as it located as far as possible from the Sun.

20 – Neptune pases less than half a degree from Moon.

25 – New Moon.

Jupiter and its moons – shadow transit season begins this month.

Sky this month – April 2017

List of events in sky this month – April 2017:

1 – The Moon occults Aldebaran at ~9:13 UT, seen from Asia.

1 – Mercury at greatest western elongation.

6 – Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak at its brightest

7 – Jupiter at opposition. Best time to observe this gas giant.

11 – Jupiter pases less than 2 degrees from Moon.

11 – Full Moon.

13 – Comet C/2017 E4 (Lovejoy) at its brightest.

22 – Lyrid meteor shower peak at ~11UT. ZHR can reach 20 meters per hour in dark locations.

23 – Venus pases less than 5 degrees from Moon.

26 – New Moon.

26 – Venus reaches its greatest brightness in the dawn sky.

28 – The Moon occults Aldebaran at 17:42UT.

Sky this month – February 2017

List of events in sky this month – February 2017:

11 – Asteroid Ceres pases about a degree from Moon. Occultation event can be seen on some parts of Earth.

5 – Occultation of bright star Aldebaran by Moon. Central time of the occultation is 21:38 UT.

10 – Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. The Moon passes through the outer edge of the Earth shadow between 22:34 UT and 02:53 UT.

11 – Full Moon.

11 – Regul pases less than 1 degree from Moon. Occultation event in southern hemisphere.

17 – Venus at brightest.

20 – Asteroid Eunomia in opposition.

22 – Asteroid Metis in opposition.

26 – New Moon.