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 Sky Chart For The Month of August, 2020

 


ASTRONOMICAL BULLETIN FOR AUGUST 2020

The Moon

     Full Moon occurs on  3rdat h. 21–29 I.S.T 

 Last Quarter occurs on 11th at h. 22–15 I.S.T

     New Moon occurs on 19that h. 08–12 I.S.T

First Quarter occurs on 25th at h. 23–28 I.S.T

     

 


The Lunar Crescent becomes first visible after the New Moon day in the evening of 20th.

The Moon is at Apogee or farthest from the Earth on 9th.The Moon is at Perigee or nearest to the Earth on 21st.

The Moon passesabout 1½º south of Jupiter on 2nd, about 2½ºsouth of Saturnin the evening of 2nd,about 4½º south of Neptune in the evening of 6th,about 1ºsouth of Marson 9th, about 3½º south of Uranusafter midnight of 10th  i.e. on11th, about4º north of Venuson15th, about 3º south of Mercury on 19th, about 1½º south of Jupiter on 29th and about 2ºsouth of Saturn before midnight of 29th.          

                                                                                                The Planets

Visibility of Planets:

Mercury: The planet rises about 1½ hours to 1 hour before sunrise upto8th of the month. Thereafter it becomes too close to the Sun to be visible for the remaining days of the month. The planet is at Perihelion or nearest to the Sun in its orbit on 6th. The planet is in SuperiorConjunction with the Sun on 17th.

Venus: The planet rises about 2 hours after local midnight throughout the month. It is in Greatest Western Elongation of about 46° from the Sun on 13th.

Mars: The planet rises before local midnight throughout the month. It rises about 2 hours to 2½ hours before it uptosecond quarter of the month , about 2½  hours to 3 hours before it upto third quarter of the month and about 3 hours to 3½ hours before it for the remaining days of the month. The planet is at Perihelion or nearest to the Sun in its orbit on 3rd.

Jupiter: The planet sets after local midnight throughout the month. It sets about 3½ hours to 2½  hours after local midnight upto third quarter of the month and from about 2½ hours to 1½ hours after it for the remaining days of the month. 

Saturn: The planet sets before sunrise throughout the month. It sets about ½ hour to 2 hours before it upto second quarter of the month, about 2 hours to 2½ hours before it upto third quarter of the month and about 2½ hours to 3 hours before it for the remaining days of the month

Uranus: The planet rises before local midnight throughout the month. It rises about 1hourto 1½  hours before it upto first quarter of the month, about 1½ hours to 2 hours before it upto second quarter of the month, about 2 hours to 2½ hours before it upto third quarter of the month and about 2½ hours to 3 hours before it for the remaining days of the month.The planet is in Quadrature with the Sun on 2nd. Its motion becomes Retrograde with respect to the Earth from 15th.

Neptune: The planet rises after sunset throughout the month. It rises about 2 hours to 1½ hours after it upto second quarter of the month, about 1½ hours to 1 hour after it upto third quarter of the month and about 1 hour to ½ hour after it forthe remaining days of the month.

Conjunction of Planets:

Mercury passes about 6½0 south of Pollux (Punarbasu) on 2nd.

Mercury passes about 1½0 south of Regulus (Magha) on 20th.


Planets

Planets in Zodiacal Constellation

Magnitude

Mercury (Budha)

Moves from Gemini (Mithuna) to Cancer (Karkata) on 2nd and

moves from Cancer (Karkata) to Leo (Simha) on 17th.

–1.1 to –1.9

–1.9 to – 0.6

Venus (Sukra)

Moves from Taurus (Vrisha) to Gemini(Mithuna) on 1st.

–4.6 to –4.3

Mars (Mangala)

Moves fromPisces (Mina) to Aries (Mesha) on 16th.

–1.0 to –1.7

Jupiter (Brihaspati)

Remains in Sagittarius (Dhanus).

 –2.7 to –2.6

Saturn (Sani)

Remains in Capricornus (Makara).

+0.1 to +0.3

Uranus

Remains in Aries (Mesha).

+6.0

Neptune

Remains in Aquarius (Kumbha).

+8.0



Source : : Director

Positional Astronomy Centre

India Meteorological Department

Salt Lake, Kolkata - 700 091.