This page shows a brief summary of what interesting things we can see in the sky this month.
A more detailed version of 'What's Up' this month is available as a downloadable Word document right at the bottom of this page.
The Sun is becoming more active; buy a decent solar filter and watch it.
The phases of the Moon are as follows:
Darkest nights for observing will be from 23rd to 31st August.
Mercury becomes an evening object this month, best on the 27th in the dusk.
Venus is a morning object, but low in the sunrise and difficult to find.
Mars rises just after midnight not far from the Pleiades
Jupiter rises about 11:00pm in Pisces, near the moon on 15th August.
Saturn is at opposition on the on 14th August so easy to find in Capricorn.
Uranus rises at midnight right next to Mars on 1st August in Pisces,
Neptune, near Jupiter is visible after 11:00pm.
Pluto was at opposition last month in Sagittarius. It is still visible from dark till 2:00am.
Asteroid 4 Vesta (has a minor planet designation) and is one of the largest objects in the asteroid belt, is at opposition at magnitude 5.8 so visible even in binoculars
Comet K2 is low down in Ophiuchus.
The August Perseid shower peaks on the night of the 12th and 13th, this, the best shower of the year, but will be spoiled by light from the Full Moon.
Good objects this month are:
The Sky at night - Sunday August 14th 8:30pm, on BBC4. The Webb Telescope.