Here come the Perseids

Star Gazing

Here come the PerseidsBy ROGER BROWER

The China Lake Astronomical Society will hold its Monday, Aug. 3, meeting via Zoom (details in the CLAS newsletter). The star party for August has been cancelled due to the need to share equipment. Star parties for the future have also been cancelled until further notice.


1. Venus is in the morning sky this month where it will be visible in the east before sunrise.

2. Mercury moves to the morning sky this month where it can be seen in the northeast the first few days of the month.

3. Jupiter and Saturn are in the evening sky all month where they can be seen close together in the southeast after the sun sets.

4. Mars rises in the east around midnight this month and can be seen moving to the south as the night progresses.

5. The Perseid meteor shower peaks on the night of Aug. 12th.

For more information visit or call China Lake Astronomical Society members at 760-446-0454 or 760-384-8666.

Pictured: A vibrant meteor from the annual Perseid shower is visible above a Pinnacles-esque sandstone landscape. — Public domain photo

Story First Published: 2020-07-31