NOTE: This guide is written for southern hemisphere observers. Much of the content is still relevant for those in the northern hemisphere, however, the precise time and location will vary to those noted.
- Total Solar Eclipse visible from much of the continental USA.
- Partial Lunar Eclipse visible across Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia
- Jupiter and Saturn are high in the evening sky just after sunset.
- Mercury will be just above the western horizon shortly after sunset.
- Conjunction: Jupiter, Spica and the crescent Moon on the 25th and 26th.
- Venus very bright in the pre-dawn sky.
Mercury is relatively easy to spot this month and can be found close to the western horizon just after sunset. As August progresses, it will move back towards the Sun, and will soon be lost in the bright twilight sky.
Venus can be found shining like a beacon in the predawn, eastern sky this month. On the 19th, the planet will be joined by the waning crescent Moon.
Mars is currently behind the Sun, and not visible again until mid-September.
Jupiter can be found in the western sky, close to the bright star, Spica. The pair are joined by the waxing crescent Moon on the 25th of the month. August is the best remaining month this year for observing Jupiter, as the planet is moving slowly back towards conjunction in October.
Saturn appears as a bright, creamy-coloured point of light almost directly overhead. It is well-positioned for observation right the way through August, and it is joined by the Moon twice – on the 3rd and the 30th.
Uranus rises in the eastern sky around 11pm this month, and reaches its highest point a little before dawn.
Neptune can be found rising in the eastern sky an hour or two after sunset.
Partial Lunar Eclipse
Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia
Total Solar Eclipse
United States of America
* The best time for viewing the Milky Way, Nebulae, Galaxies, and other faint objects is around this date
- Perseids – Peak Sunday 13th August (Best viewed in the Northern Hemisphere)