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Night sky in August – southern hemisphere


Highlights: Saturn in evening sky.

Here is a view of the night sky this month as seen from mid-southern latitudes such as Sydney (-33° 52′) in mid August, 2015, at 10pm local time.

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, reaching 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 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 Perth or Wellington, at around 10pm local time. Imagine holding it over your head so that the centre of the chart is the zenith and the edge runs all the way around your horizon. 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 customizable, browser-based planetarium, courtesy of Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network. Tip: The chart is interactive. Click on the date or location to the top left of the chart to view the sky at a different time or from another location. If you want to check out the sky as seen from the northern hemisphere, click here.