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July 2018

Full Moon

July 27 @ 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Mars at Opposition

July 27 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Mars reaches opposition at 1 a.m. EDT on Friday, July 27, when the Earth will move between Mars and the sun. That evening, the planet will appear as a very bright, reddish (visual magnitude -2.8) star-like object shining over the southeastern horizon. Even a modest telescope should reveal its 24.2 arc-minute disk (inset). Mars will ... Read more

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Mars at Closest Approach to Earth

July 31
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August 2018

Alpha Capricornids Meteor Shower

August 2

While the ⍺-Capricornids began roughly July 15th and continue through August 10th, the maximum rate of meteors is expected overnight August 2nd-3rd, where you can expect to see as many as five meteors /shooting stars per hour. Look for meteor showers to originate near the constellation of Capricorn (hence their name), which will be just “above” ... Read more

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Tau Aquarids Meteor Shower

August 6

The Tau Aquarids (-Aquarids) will peak at a rate of 8 meteors per hour on the night of August 6th. Look for meteors to the “lower left” of Mars in the southern sky, originating from the Aquarius constellation.

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August Meeting

August 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Central-Clemson Library, 105 Commons Way
Central, SC 29630 United States
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Backyard Astronomy by Travis Farmer

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New Moon

August 11
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Perseids Meteor Shower

August 12 - August 13

The Perseids will peak on the night of August 12th-13th. Visible in the northeastern sky and emanating from the Perseid constellation, you can expect to see as many as 80 meteors per hour during the night of greatest activity. Depending on where you live, you may see fewer as some may occur below the horizon. Either ... Read more

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Jupiter Meets the Moon

August 17

4 degree separation

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Venus at Greatest Eastern Elongation

August 17

The planet Venus reaches greatest eastern elongation of 45.9 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Venus since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. Look for the bright planet in the western sky after sunset.

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