Tonight’s Sky for August 2016: Stars, Planets and the Perseids Meteor Shower


Backyard stargazers get a monthly guide to the northern hemisphere’s skywatching events with “Tonight’s Sky.” In August, look for Saturn, Mars and Antares in the southwest sky about 9:30 p.m. (Musical track The Far River written by Jonn Serrie, from the album And the Stars Go With You courtesy of New World Music Ltd).

Saturn, Mars and Antares will move closer together toward the end of August in the southeast sky about 9:30 p.m.

Lyra, the small harp, is high in the sky is high in late summer. Look for the bright star Vega with the parallelogram of stars just to the right and below. Also, you can find the bright summer stars of Deneb, Vega and Altair.

The Perseid meteor shower peaks August 12-13, 2016. The meteors are most visible during the early morning hours.

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