Sky Tonight

What’s Up in August 2014

Courtesy of NASA

Courtesy of NASA

If you want to get a heads-up on what’s happening in the heavens right NOW then this is the place. We’ve got everything from LIVE aurora watches and solar activity including sunspot counts courtesy space and ground-based observatories. Check out the Jupiter and Saturn moon placement charts, meteor shower forecasts, and the ever popular International Space Station observing links.

Monthly Calendar of Celestial Events (Universal Time)

 Aug 02  11:26  Moon at Ascending Node
    03  10:02  Mars 2.2°S of Moon
    04  00:50  MOON AT FIRST QUARTER
    04  10:54  Saturn 0.0°N of Moon: Occn.
    06  22:29  Venus-Pollux: 6.5°S
    08  16     Mercury at Superior Conjunction
    10  17:43  Moon at Perigee: 356897 km
    10  18:09  FULL MOON
    15  00:18  Moon at Descending Node
    17  12:26  MOON AT LAST QUARTER
    18  05:05  Venus-Beehive: 0.9°S
    18  06:48  Jupiter-Beehive: 1.1°S
    24  05:48  Venus 5.7°N of Moon
    24  06:09  Moon at Apogee: 406523 km
    25  14:13  NEW MOON
    29  13     Neptune at Opposition
    29  13:14  Moon at Ascending Node
    31  19:21  Saturn 0.4°S of Moon: Occn.
    31  23:43  Mars 4.1°S of Moon
Source: Observer’s Handbook, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada;

Night Sky – Northern Hemisphere

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The above all sky map shows the constellations and positions of the planets as seen from mid-northern latitude LIVE. The night sky should looks about the same for cities situated around the same latitude like Toronto, New York, Vancouver, and even Washington D.C. The outer edge of the circle marks your local horizon and shows all major compass directions. Hold this map in front of you while facing East (general direction where the Sun rises) . West will be in back of you while North will be to your left and South to your Right.Clcik on eother the time or coordinates to customize.

Observing Tools

  • Clear Sky Chart - Check to see how good your local sky conditions are for stargazing.
  • Personal Star Chart - download and print out a map of the night sky for the current month.
  • Mars Profiler - See which hemisphere and topographic features are currently facing Earth
  • Jupiter’s moons Tracker – Use this online tool to identify where each of the four Galilean moons of Jupiter are for any entered date and time.
  • Jupiter’s Red Spot Transit Calculator – This online tool calculates when it is the best time to see Jupiter’s Great Red Spot through a telescope
  • Saturn’s moons Tracker - Use this online tool to identify the brightest moons of Saturn through a small to medium telescope for any entered date and time
  • Upcoming Lunar Occultation Events – Check to see when the next time the Moon glides in front of a bright star
  • Asteroid Occultation Update – Check to see when the next asteroid eclipses (occults) a star in the heavens and where in the world it is visible stargazing starssgazing stargazing stargazing stargazing stargazing telescope telescope telescope telescope stargazing stargazing stargazing stargazing stargazing stargazing telescope telescope telescope telescope stargazing stargazing stargazing stargazing stargazing stargazing telescope telescope telescope telescope

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Meteor Shower Forecast (click image)

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Current Auroral Conditions over North Pole

This NOAA POES satellite image shows the current location, extent, and intensisty of the aurora borealis. Suprimosped on a map of North America, the strength of auroral activity is shown with yellow, orange and red indicating higher levels.
The Image is updated every 10 minutes