Best Night Sky Events of August 2015 (Stargazing Maps)

Mercury, August 2015

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Mercury is visible low in the western sky after sunset for most of the month, This apparition is more favorable for observers in the Southern Hemisphere.

Venus, August 2015

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Venus moves from the evening to the morning sky on the 15th, but will be hard to observe for northern observers because of its closeness to the sun. Southern observers will have an easier time, and on the 15th may actually be able to observe Venus as a morning star in the east and an evening star in the west.

Mars, August 2015

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Mars reappears in dawn twilight after its conjunction with the sun on June 14.

Jupiter, August 2015

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Jupiter is too close to the sun to observe this month.

Saturn, August 2015

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Saturn is well placed in Libra in the evening sky.

Uranus, August 2015

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Uranus rises in the late evening in Pisces.

Neptune, August 2015

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Neptune rises in the mid-evening in the constellation Aquarius.

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Geoff Gaherty
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Geoff Gaherty was'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.