Moon Phases – August 2011

Here are the Moon phases in the Northern hemisphere for August 2011 and other interesting things of note in the sky.

6th August: First Quarter
13th August: Full Moon
21st August: Last Quarter
29th August: New Moon

A view of the midnight sky looking South from Glasgow on 13th August 2011:

The midnight sky looking South from Glasgow on August 13th 2011

The midnight sky looking South from Glasgow on August 13th 2011

A view of the midnight sky looking South from Glasgow on 29th August 2011:

A view of the midnight sky looking South from Glasgow on 29th August 2011

A view of the midnight sky looking South from Glasgow on 29th August 2011

Perseid Meteor Shower

The Perseid Meteor Shower is a highlight in every astronomer’s calendar, however as it peaks around the 12th and 13th August it’s unlikely to coincide with the spectacular showers we had last year because of the brightness of the Full Moon. Not all is lost though, you’ll start to glimpse the Perseids from early August and they’ll only start to peak (about 50 to 100 meteors per hour) whilst we’re basking under a Full Moon. These bright flashes appear to radiate from the constellation of Perseus and are best viewed this year just before first light of dawn.

Watch the video below for more on the Perseid Meteor shower 2011:

Jupiter

The wood star (as it was referred to by the the ancient Chinese) returns to the night-time sky in earnest this August. In addition to that, NASA’s Juno mission is due to launch on a 5 year journey to the biggest planet in the solar system. The Juno spacecraft will orbit the gas giant for a year before de-orbiting into the planet. It should help provide greater understanding of our solar system’s origins and evolution.

Artist concept of Juno

Artist concept of Juno. Image credit: NASA/JPL

About Derek Shirlaw

I'm passionate about science communication, social media, and my home country, Scotland. In particular, I have a real interest in astronomy, digital marketing, and the great outdoors.
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One Comment

  1. My friend @darkskyman said that there was a great display of northern lights last night (Fri 5th Aug), but unfortunately Glasgow was clouded out.

    He reckons it’ll be worth a look again tonight (Sat 6th Aug) and offers these top tips…

    1. Get away from clouds (this may not be possible).

    2. Get away from light pollution.

    3. Look north. You may see curtains of green, red, blue, or even purple light shimmering in the sky. The display last night was visible throughout the UK.

    You can check out his excellent Dark Sky Diary blog here: http://darkskydiary.wordpress.com/

    and follow him on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/darkskyman

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