The Night Sky This Week

Every Monday I pick the northern hemisphere’s celestial highlights (mid-northern latitudes) for the week forward, however you should definitely test my primary feed for extra in-depth articles on stargazing, astronomy, eclipses and extra.

The Night time Sky This Week: August 14-20, 2023

This week sees a New Moon, which makes it among the finest of the yr to go stargazing within the northern hemisphere. Not solely has true darkness returned to northern latitudes, however there’s no moonlight and the Milky Approach is using excessive. It’s the best week to plan a stargazing journey or to host a star social gathering. Get exterior, search for and lose your self within the wonders of the evening sky. Right here’s what to go discover:

Monday, August 14: ‘Taking pictures Stars’

With the height of the annual Perseid meteor bathe just some nights in the past you must nonetheless have the ability to discover “taking pictures stars” in darkish skies. The most effective recommendation is to go someplace with out mild air pollution, although you’ll additionally want a wonderfully clear sky.

Wednesday, August 16: New Moon

Anticipate darkish and moonless evening skies tonight as our satellite tv for pc slips into the solar’s glare from our viewpoint. New moon additionally indicators the start of a brand new lunation, so within the coming nights we will sit up for seeing to see a ravishing crescent moon above the western horizon simply after sundown.

Friday, August 18: Crescent Moon and Mars

Look to the west after darkish and also you’ll see the attractive sight of a slim crescent moon simply 1º from Mars. Chances are you’ll want binoculars to see this (although any pair will suffice).


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