When to watch meteor showers, planets in Kentucky this August

Stargazers, get your telescope ready! This month you’ll be able to spot a meteor shower, the rings of Saturn and much more.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Break out the telescopes and look at the stars! This August you’ll be able to spot several night sky events around Kentuckiana.

To get the best view of any of these events, it’s best to get away from the light pollution and allow your eyes 15 to 20 minutes to adjust to the dark.

Here’s what you’ll be able to see:

August 11: Full Sturgeon Supermoon

The last supermoon of the year is the Full Sturgeon Moon on Aug. 11.

This special moon gets its name due to a large amount of sturgeon fish in the Great Lakes during this time of year. It’s also known as the “Corn Moon” because it’s around the beginning of the harvest season.

August 12-13: Perseids Meteor Shower

Following the Full Sturgeon Supermoon, on Aug. 12 going into Aug. 13, the annual Perseids Meteor Shower will be at its peak.

While the bright moon will hinder how many meteors will be visible, the Perseids typically produce the brightest meteors, and many will be bright enough to see.

At its peak, there could be up to 60 meteors per hour. The meteors are debris from the comet Swift Tuttle.

August 14: Saturn’s closest approach to Earth

Sunday, Aug. 14, will be another late night to see Saturn. According to NASA, due to the planet at opposition, it will shine the brightest it will be all year. It will also make its closest approach to Earth this year. It will be a great night to see Saturn’s rings and brightest moons with a backyard telescope, depending on the weather. Saturn will rise in the southeastern sky around 8:45 pm and set west-southwest at 6:58 am. You will also be able to see Jupiter, position to the top left of the moon.

August 19: Moon with Mars and Pleiades

On Friday, Aug. 19, the moon and mars will be close to each other in the sky.

The reddish planet will position itself at the bottom of the moon. A cluster of stars, Pleiades, will be positioned to the upper left of Mars.

August 25: Moon with Venus

Early risers will get a spectacular view of the Moon and Venus on Thursday, Aug. 25.

The pair will rise on the east-northeast horizon around 5:30 am. Venus will shine bright to the bottom right of the crescent moon.

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