Current Night Sky: August 2018

There is a partial solar eclipse on August 11, but it is visible only in the Arctic, northeastern Asia, and northern Europe.

The Moon & Planets: 
Perseid meteors
Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars form a beautiful arc in the southwest
Evening Planets (after sunset): 
  • Venus, W
  • Jupiter, SW
  • Saturn, S
  • Mars, SE
  • Neptune, E
Morning Planets (before sunrise): 
  • Neptune, SW
  • Uranus, S
  • Mercury, E

There are no comets brighter than magnitude 8 visible this month.


The Perseid meteors peak on the night of August 12-13. The Moon will have set well before the meteors will be visible, so this should be an excellent year for the Perseids. Under favorable conditions, observers may see over 100 per hour.

Phases of the Moon: 
Last Quarter Moon August 4 2:18 pm EDT
New Moon August 11 5:58 am EDT
First Quarter Moon August 18 3:49 am EDT
Full Moon August 26 7:56 am EDT

Text, graphics, and animations by John Sheff. Graphics courtesy of Starry Night(©) Pro Plus 7 / Imaginova(©) Corp. Starry Night images are used with permission from Imaginova Corp. Starry Night is a registered trademark of Imaginova Corp. Star charts generated by Starry Night Pro Plus 7 © Imaginova Corp. All rights reserved.