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USPS Star Calendar for 8 to 14 August 1 August 2010

Posted by amedalen in August 2010.
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8 Aug
The thin waning crescent moon is 1 fist-width to the lower right of the Gemini Twins, low in the east before dawn.

9 Aug
Mars, Venus and Saturn form a tight triangle. Watch the drama every evening for the next 2 weeks as Venus closes in and eventually overtakes Mars.

10 Aug
The moon is at perigee, 56.11 Earth-radii away. With perigee occurring less than 15 hours after the new moon at 0308 UT, we can expect high tides.

11 Aug
The moon sets less than an hour after the sun. At dusk, you should be able to spot the thin waxing crescent moon just above the western horizon. Mercury is 1½ finger-widths to the moon’s upper right.

12 Aug
Mars, Saturn and Venus are just above the moon this evening.

13 Aug
Today is Friday the 13th. The moon is 1 fist-width to the left of Venus, Mars and Saturn. Spica is 3 or 4 finger-widths to the moon’s upper left.

14 Aug
The moon is 3 finger-widths to the left of Spica. Mars, Saturn and Venus lie beyond.

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