IN THE SKY DURING AUGUST
August will be a very special month to enjoy the night sky. The nights will be rapidly lengthening, and cold fronts will start to occur giving us more clear skies for observing. There will also be two interesting conjunctions, or close pairings, to enjoy. The first one involves the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter that will be very close together before dawn on the morning of August 18. Remember that Jupiter had been in the evening sky until early July. Since then, it has moved quickly past the Sun from our vantage point and into the morning sky. Jupiter should become visible during the second week of August to the lower left of Venus. It will climb rapidly higher and closer to Venus until it passes Venus on August 18. After that day Jupiter will continue to move higher and away from Venus.
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