Perseids peak on Aug. 12-13

Star gazing

Perseids peak on Aug. 12-13By ROGER BROWER, China Lake Astronomy Society

The China Lake Astronomical Society will hold its regular monthly astronomy program Monday, Aug. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at the Maturango Museum. The next star party will be held Friday, Aug. 10, with signs out at 8 p.m. and viewing at 8:30 p.m.

AUGUST CELESTIAL CALENDAR:

1. Jupiter can be seen in the southwest as soon as it gets dark and moves westward until it sets later in the evening.

2. Venus also in the western evening sky this month. It will be visible low in the west after sunset until it sets later.

3. Saturn appears in Sagittarius to the south as the sun sets. It will be visible most of the night as it passes through the southern sky then the southwest.

4. Mercury moves to the morning sky this month. Look for it low in the east the last week of the month.

5. Mars, just past its July opposition, rises in the southeast just before sunset and moves through the southern sky.

6. The big event in August remains the Perseid meteor shower which peaks on the night of August 12-13. Look for the meteors high in the northeast all night long.

For more information, contact the China Lake Astronomical Society at 760-446-0454 or 760-677-1143.

Story First Published: 2018-07-27