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Night sky this month – August


Highlights: Perseid meteor shower.

Here is a view of the night sky this month as seen from mid-northern latitudes such as London (51° 30′) in mid August, 2015, at 10pm (22h UT).

The planets in August 2015

Mercury is not well placed this month, but may be glimpsed low in the north-west as dusk falls in the first half of the month.

Venus has left the evening sky and passes between the Earth and Sun on 15 August, after which it will reappear as a morning star later in the month.

Mars rises in the pre-dawn hours in August, shining at magnitude +1.6. It is difficult to observe, being far away on the other side of the Sun. Find out more about Mars here including maps to show its position in the sky.

Jupiter is leaving the evening sky, reching superior conjunction, when it will be on the far side of the Sun, on 27 August.

Saturn is in the far south of the ecliptic, in the constellation of Libra, and so best placed for southern observers. It will be found low in the south-west as soon as it gets dark.

Note: The sky will appear much the same from other cities at similar latitudes, such as New York, Paris and Berlin, at around 10pm local time. The sky appears the same at the start of the month an hour later and at the end of the month an hour earlier. We use Virtual Sky, a new, customizable, browser-based planetarium, courtesy of Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network. Click on the date or location to the top left of the chart to view the sky at a different time or from another longitude and latitude. If you want to check out the sky as seen from the southern hemisphere, click here.