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Images: Best Stargazing Events of August 2013 (Sky Maps)

Full Moon, August 2013

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The Full Moon of August is usually called the Corn Moon, Sturgeon Moon, Red Moon, Green Corn Moon or Grain Moon. In Cree it is called Opunhopizun, meaning “moon young ducks begin to fly.” The Full Moon rises around sunset and sets around sunrise, the only night in the month when the moon is in the sky all night long. The rest of the month, the moon spends at least some time in the daytime sky.

Jupiter, August 2013

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Jupiter is the brightest object in the morning sky all month. As the month begins, three planets, Jupiter, Mars and Mercury, are all gathered together in Gemini. Jupiter stays in Gemini all month, while the others move off into Cancer.

Neptune, August 2013

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Neptune is in opposition in Aquarius on August 26, and is visible all night.

Neptune at Opposition, August 2013

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Monday, August 26, 2013, 10 p.m. EDT. The planet Neptune will reach opposition to the sun in the constellation Aquarius. It will be visible all night in binoculars or a small telescope.

Last Quarter Moon, August 2013

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 5:35 a.m. EDT. The Last Quarter Moon rises around 11:30 p.m. and sets around 2:45 p.m. It is most easily seen just after sunrise in the southern sky.

Jupiter and the Moon, August 2013

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Saturday, August 31, 2013, morning. Jupiter will be just to the left of the waning crescent moon.

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