The pairing involves a close conjunction of Mars and the distant ice giant planet Uranus, which can be seen during the first part of August. NASA says that while you won’t be able to see Uranus with the naked eye, a pair of binoculars will help both planets come into view at the same time.
You can see the two planets by first bringing Mars into your field of view. You can then spot Uranus by looking just northwest of the red planet for a small bluish disk.
Later in the month, on the morning of August 15, look skyward to see the moon appear just a finger width across from Jupiter. “Like Mars and Uranus, they’ll make a great pairing through binoculars, and you’ll also likely catch a glimpse of Jupiter’s four largest moons,” NASA says in its monthly roundup.
In the days after that, the moon will move east to accommodate Mars on August 19. “This is another good pairing for binoculars, plus you’ll find the pair super close to the Pleiades [cúmulo estelar]it is even possible that you can fit them all in the same view, “says the space agency.
NASA also says that August is a great month to see Saturn as it transitions from a morning, evening object to an all-night view. To spot it, look low in the east around 9 pm for a steady, yellowish point of light. Look up at the sky every night and you’ll notice how it rises a little earlier as the month progresses.
August is when the Perseid meteors arrive, though this year the glow of a full moon will obscure all but the brightest shooting star.
Still, NASA says if you’re interested in trying to spot some of the particles as they burn up spectacularly in Earth’s atmosphere, try to find a dark spot away from light pollution on the night of August 12. , when the Perseid meteor shower will be at its most active. “And don’t forget that occasional early Perseids can cross the sky up to a week earlier,” says the space agency.