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Sky Highlights and NEKAAL Events for AUGUST 2015

  • August 6 – Last Quarter (moon absent from evening sky)
  • August 8 – OPEN HOUSE at Farpoint Observatory, JOIN US beginning 8:30 pm
  • August 14 – New Moon
  • August 22 – First Quarter
  • August 27 – NEKAAL GENERAL MEETING, Topeka Library, 7:00 pm
  • August 29 – Full Moon

PLANETS in August 2015

Evening Sky:

  • Mercury – in west, low
  • Venus – in west, very bright
  • Jupiter – in west, very bright
  • Saturn – in southwest
  • Neptune – in east


  • Saturn – in southwest
  • Uranus – in east
  • Neptune – in southeast

Morning Sky:

  • Venus – in east
  • Mars – in east
  • Uranus – in south
  • Neptune – in southwest

CONSTELLATIONS well placed in evening during August 2015

North to South, at 9-11 pm:

  • Ursa Minor, the Little Bear, also the Little Dipper
  • Draco, the Dragon
  • Hercules
  • Lyra, the Lyre
  • Cygnus, the Swan
  • Aquila, the Eagle
  • Ophiuchus, the Serpent Handler
  • Sagittarius, the Archer
  • Scorpio, the Scorpion

SKY EXTRAS in August 2015

  • The Perseid meteor shower is August's big news, peaking the night of August 12/13. It's best after midnight when the radiant is highest, but even around midnight there will be occasional fireballs across the sky. Get a lawn chair, point your feet northeast, have a jacket and/or blanket ready, let your eyes dark-adapt–and look up!
  • It's still Saturn season. August gives great evening views of the ringed planet, so get a look through binoculars or better still, a telescope (hint: if the sky is clear at our Open House August 8, someone is sure to have his telescope pointed at Saturn & you'll get a good look).
  • The Summer Triangle of stars is back, too. In August evenings, look very high in the eastern sky.
  • No comets visible in binoculars from Kansas this month.