The latest Sky Guide: celestial highlights in August!
Due to the generally mild temperatures, August is usually one of the more pleasant months for nighttime observations in the northern hemisphere. It also marks the return of true darkness for many people at higher northern latitudes. This is the perfect time to admire the impressive Jupiter and magnificent Saturn - especially at its opposition on 27 August. Both planets will be at their best.
Astronomy enthusiasts can also look forward to the peak of the Perseid meteor shower. This year it will take place between 12 and 13 August and could produce up to 100 meteors per hour at its peak. And in this month’s Deep Sky Delights, we'll be looking at the famous Summer Triangle, where we'll encounter spectacular star clusters and exciting nebulae as well as a coathanger.