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Best Skywatching Events of August 2014: Night Sky Maps (Gallery)

First Quarter Moon, August 2014

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Sunday, Aug. 3, 8:50 p.m. EDT. The First Quarter Moon rises around 1:30 p.m. and sets around 12:15 a.m. It dominates the evening sky.

Full Moon, August 2014

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Sunday, Aug. 10, 2:09 p.m. EDT. The Full Moon of August is known as the Corn Moon, Sturgeon Moon, Red Moon, Green Corn Moon, or Grain Moon.

Last Quarter Moon, August 2014

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Sunday, Aug. 17, 8:26 a.m. EDT. The Last Quarter Moon rises around 11:45 p.m. and sets around 2:30 p.m.

New Moon, August 2014

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Monday, Aug. 25, 10:13 a.m. EDT. The moon is not visible on the date of New Moon because it is too close to the sun.

Mars and the Moon, August 2014

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The moon and Mars appear in the sky on Aug. 2, 2014.

Mars, Saturn, and the Moon, August 2014

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Sunday, Aug. 3, early evening. The first quarter moon will be framed by Saturn on the left and Mars on the right tonight.

Perseid Meteors Peak, August 2014

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Wednesday, Aug. 13, 1 a.m. to dawn. A bright moon will interfere with the Perseid meteor shower tonight, so the best views may be earlier in the week.

Jupiter and Venus, August 2014

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Monday, Aug. 18, midnight EDT. Jupiter and Venus are 12 arc minutes apart at midnight EDT, but below the horizon for observers in North America.

Aldebaran, the Hyades, and the Moon, August 2014

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Monday, Aug. 18, dawn. The moon passes near the bright star Aldebaran and the Hyades star cluster in Taurus.

Venus and the Beehive, August 2014

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Monday, Aug. 18, dawn. Venus passes just south of the Beehive Star Cluster in Cancer, visible only if you have a very low clear eastern horizon

Jupiter and the Beehive, August 2014

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Wednesday, Aug. 20, dawn. Jupiter passes just south of the Beehive Star Cluster in Cancer, visible only if you have a very low clear eastern horizon.

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Geoff Gaherty
Geoff Gaherty

Geoff Gaherty was Space.com's Night Sky columnist and in partnership with Starry Night software and a dedicated amateur astronomer who sought to share the wonders of the night sky with the world. Based in Canada, Geoff studied mathematics and physics at McGill University and earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Toronto, all while pursuing a passion for the night sky and serving as an astronomy communicator. He credited a partial solar eclipse observed in 1946 (at age 5) and his 1957 sighting of the Comet Arend-Roland as a teenager for sparking his interest in amateur astronomy. In 2008, Geoff won the Chant Medal from the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, an award given to a Canadian amateur astronomer in recognition of their lifetime achievements. Sadly, Geoff passed away July 7, 2016 due to complications from a kidney transplant, but his legacy continues at Starry Night.