Current Night Sky: August 2020

The Moon & Planets: 
August sky chart
Summer Triangle
Evening Planets (after sunset): 
  • Jupiter, SE
  • Saturn, SE
  • Neptune, E
Morning Planets (before sunrise): 
  • Neptune, SW
  • Mars, S
  • Uranus, S
  • Venus, E
  • Mercury, NE

Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) has made a brief appearance – even reaching naked-eye visibility – over the past few weeks. It is now well-placed for viewers in the Northern Hemisphere, but is fading rapidly.


The Perseid meteors peak on the night of Aug. 11-12. Normally a spectacular shower, the light from the Last Quarter Moon will wash out some of the fainter meteors.

Phases of the Moon: 
Full Moon August 3 11:59 am EDT
Last Quarter Moon August 11 12:45 pm EDT
New Moon August 18 10:42 pm EDT
First Quarter Moon August 25 1:58 pm 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.