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Moon, Perseid Meteor Shower & More: Night Sky Events for August 2012 (Sky Maps)

August 2012 Full Moon

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Wed., August 1, 2012, 11:27 p.m. EDT. The full moon of August is usually called the grain moon.

August 2012 Last Quarter Moon

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Thu., August 9, 2012, 2:55 p.m. EDT. The last or third quarter moon rises around 11:20 p.m. and sets around 2:20 p.m.

August 2012 New Moon

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Fri., August 17, 2012, 11:54 a.m. EDT. The moon is not visible on the date of new moon because it is too close to the sun.

August 2012 First Quarter Moon

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Fri., August 24, 2012, 10:54 a.m. EDT. The first quarter moon rises around 2:30 p.m. and sets around 12:20 a.m.

August 2012 Full Moon 2

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Fri., August 31, 2012, 9:58 a.m. EDT. There is a second full moon this month, what is sometimes called a "blue moon."

Double Shadow Transit on Jupiter

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Mon., August 6, 2012, morning. Multiple events involving Jupiter's moons and their shadows will take place.

Jupiter Occulted by the Moon

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Sat., August 11, 2012, morning. Jupiter and its moons will be occulted by the moon as seen from Indonesia, Marshall Islands, and Hawaii.

Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks

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Sun., August 12, 2012, after midnight. The Perseid meteor shower, usually the most reliable meteor shower of the year, peaks just around dawn.

Jupiter, Venus and the Moon

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Mon., August 13, 2012, dawn. A triple conjunction frames the crescent moon with the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter.

Saturn, Mars, and Spica

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Tue., August 14, 2012, early evening. A close encounter between planets Saturn and Mars, along with first magnitude star Spica, Alpha Virginis.

Mercury and Venus at Maximum Elongation

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Thu., August 16, 2012, dawn. Mercury is at maximum western elongation this morning, and Venus was at maximum western elongation yesterday morning.

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