Astro Bob's Backyard Astronomy: Perseid Meteor Shower, Saturn and the Moon in Conjunction
We are gaining darkness and the weather is ideal in the over-night hours. It's a comfortable and opportune time for late-night/early-morning stargazing.
The Perseid meteor shower will reach its peak beginning Friday night, August 12th. Put the full moon to your back and face north for your best chance to see some fireballs crossing the dark skies.
After a summer out of sight, Orion's Belt is beginning to peak over the horizon again. Orion is visible near dawn and will continue to grow higher in the sky as the month progresses.
Saturn is still visible overhead. The best way to pinpoint it is by using the moon. The two will be in conjunction on Thursday, August 11th. Saturn can be seen by looking directly above the full moon.