Observers of the outer photo voltaic system can now get a great view of Uranus through the late night hours. The ice large planet rises shortly after 10 p.m. native daylight time and climbs 20° excessive within the east by midnight. It reaches its peak about 60° above the southern horizon across the begin of morning twilight. Uranus glows at magnitude 5.7 in opposition to the backdrop of southern Aries the Ram. Use binoculars to seek out the planet 2.3° south-southeast of the equally shiny star 19 Arietis. A telescope reveals Uranus’ blue-green disk, which spans 3.6″.
Saturday, August 24
Search for the waning crescent Moon this morning because it hovers simply east of the Hyades star cluster in Taurus the Bull. The 2 objects clear the horizon by 1 a.m. native daylight time and climb midway to the zenith by the point morning twilight begins. The Moon seems about 40 p.c lit and simply outshines the celebrities of the V-shaped Hyades. First-magnitude Aldebaran, which marks one tip of the V, seems brighter than the remainder of the cluster’s stars as a result of it really lies within the foreground.
Sunday, August 25
Jupiter continues to dominate the night sky from its perch in southern Ophiuchus the Serpent-bearer. The large planet shines at magnitude –2.3 and stands some 25° excessive within the south-southwest as twilight fades to darkness. When seen via a telescope, the planet reveals a 40″-diameter disk and placing cloud-top element. As a bonus, Jupiter presently seems close to the sting of the Tenth-magnitude globular star cluster NGC 6235. The planet’s gradual eastward movement relative to the background stars carries it throughout the cluster’s southern perimeter from this night via the twenty seventh. Though the enormous world’s brilliance renders NGC 6235 barely seen via most telescopes, imagers ought to be capable of seize each.
Mars reaches the farthest level in its orbit across the Solar at 9 p.m. EDT. At this so-called aphelion, the Pink Planet lies 154.9 million miles (249.2 million km) from our star. Mars is now misplaced within the photo voltaic glare, however it can return to view this fall to begin a powerful apparition that may culminate in October 2020.
Monday, August 26
Asteroid 15 Eunomia reached opposition and peak visibility simply two weeks in the past, and it stays a tempting goal. The primary-belt object traverses the sky from nightfall to daybreak and climbs midway to the zenith within the southern sky round midnight native daylight time. Eunomia shines at magnitude 8.4 and needs to be simple to seek out via binoculars beneath a darkish sky and in a 4-inch telescope from the suburbs. The asteroid lies among the many background stars of Aquarius the Water-bearer, some 7° west of magnitude 2.9 Beta (β) Aquarii. However Sixth-magnitude 12 Aqr offers an excellent higher information. This night, Eunomia slides 0.1° south of this star.
Tuesday, August 27
Distant Neptune reaches opposition and peak visibility one week from immediately, however the view now could be basically the identical. The ice large planet rises throughout night twilight and climbs midway to the zenith within the southern sky by 2 a.m. native daylight time. The magnitude 7.8 planet lies in Aquarius, simply 0.25° east-northeast of 4th-magnitude Phi (φ) Aquarii. You’ll want binoculars to spy Neptune and a telescope to see its blue-gray disk, which spans 2.4″.