Skywatching from Glasgow, UK in August 2013

Watching the sky this August could seriously make you go ‘wow’! From fascinating clouds during the day, to scintilating stars and the Persied Meteor Shower at night.

You’ll also find the sunrise and sunset times from the city in this post, and the Moon phases so you can plan when best to look skywards this August.

The Night Sky

So, if you’re watching the night time skies this month from Glasgow (or indeed from much of the UK) what can you expect to see?

The image below (click to embiggen), shows the whole overhead night sky at midnight on 6th August from Glasgow, Scotland – the night of the New Moon.

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With fewer hours or no hours of proper darkness at this time of year it can be more difficult to see the faint objects in the night sky, but in some respects it can make it easier to see some of the key stars, asterisms and constellations.

The ‘Summer Triangle‘ is comprised of the bright stars Deneb, Altair and Vega. Visible from even the city’s light-polluted skies this asterism signals summer is upon us – seeing it probably even means the weather is favourable too!

Look out for Cassiopeia – high overhead in the ‘W’ in the Milky Way.

Fancy swotting up on what you’re looking at in the night sky? Check out these fantastic books about astronomy.

Sunrise and Sunset times, Glasgow

  • 6th August 2013 – Sunrise 05:31 Sunset 21:13
  • 14th August 2013 – Sunrise 05:47 Sunset 20:55
  • 21st August 2013 – Sunrise 06:00 Sunset 20:39
  • 28th August 2013 – Sunrise 06:14 Sunset 20:21

Times are listed are local to Glasgow and take account of Daylight Saving Time (also known as British Summer Time or BST).

Moon Phases

  • New Moon – 6th August 2013, 22:51
  • First Quarter – 14th August 2013, 11:57
  • Full Moon – 21st August 2013, 02:45
  • Last Quarter – 28th August 2013, 10:35

Times are listed are local to Glasgow and take account of Daylight Saving Time.

The Perseids Meteor Shower 2013

The annual Perseids Meteor Shower is one of the highlights of the astronomy calendar. Left-behind debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle, these shooting stars, provide a fairly reliable display that will peak around the night of 12th August 2013.

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Comet Swift-Tuttle is on an 133.3 year orbit of the Sun and due to appear in our skies again in early 2126 AD. If comets are your thing, then prepare yourself for Comet ISON which could lighten up the sky more than the full Moon later in the autumn and through December (which could be the best month to view it in both the day and night sky)! For more, here’s a website dedicated to Comet ISON.

Daytime Skywatching – The clouds

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If clouds are your thing – and let’s face it, who can fail to be mesmorised on a daily basis by the stunning beauty and variety of them – then you’ll definately want to check out the Cloud Appreciation Society and get yourself a good cloudspotting guide.

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Enjoy your skygazing this month!

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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