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Jupiter 1.5°N of Moon (16:30 MST).
Lammas Day, cross quarter day, first wheat harvest.
Lammas Day, cross quarter day, first wheat harvest.
Aug 1 all-day
The Cross Quarter Days mark the midpoint between a solstice and equinox. For the ancient Celts, these marked the beginning of each season, with the major two divisions being winter (Samhain), starting the dark half of the year, and summer Continue reading →
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Full Moon (08:59 MST).
Full Moon (08:59 MST).
Aug 3 all-day
Full Moon (08:59 MST).
Full Moon. Rises at sunset, high in the sky around midnight. Visible all night. Moon overview on solarsystem.nasa.gov
Mars at Perihelion
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Mayflower departs Southampton, 1620.
Mayflower departs Southampton, 1620.
Aug 5 all-day
Mayflower departs Southampton, 1620.
The 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower from the UK to the New World takes place in 2020. The Mayflower and her sister ship, The Speedwell, set sail from West Quay on 15 August 1620, carrying 102 passengers. Continue reading →
Mercury at Perihelion.
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St Dominic, Patron of Astronomers, born 1170.
St Dominic, Patron of Astronomers, born 1170.
Aug 8 all-day
St Dominic, Patron of Astronomers, born 1170.
The liturgical celebration of St Dominic is on Aug 6 which is his deathday, in 1221. His birthday is August 8, and it so happens that this year it is his 850th birthday. On August 6, 1221, it will be Continue reading →
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Fr. Kino S.J. early explorer in Arizona and amateur astronomer, born 1645.
Fr. Kino S.J. early explorer in Arizona and amateur astronomer, born 1645.
Aug 10 all-day
Fr. Kino S.J. early explorer in Arizona and amateur astronomer, born 1645.
Father Eusebio Francisco Kino S.J. born, 1645 (d. 1711). Kino pencil sketch by Frances O’Brien. Padre Kino would turn 375 years old today. This is a significant year for Padre Kino for another reason. On July 10th Pope Francis formally Continue reading →
R. H. Goddard died, 1945 (b. 1882).
R. H. Goddard died, 1945 (b. 1882).
Aug 10 all-day
R. H. Goddard died, 1945 (b. 1882).
Robert Hutchings Goddard (October 5, 1882 – August 10, 1945) was an American engineer, professor, physicist, and inventor who is credited with creating and building the world’s first liquid-fueled rocket. Goddard successfully launched his rocket on March 16, 1926, ushering in an era of space flight and innovation. He and his team Continue reading →
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Perseids Meteor Shower.
Perseids Meteor Shower.
Aug 12 all-day
Perseids Meteor Shower.
Perseids Meteor Shower Active from July 17th to August 26th, 2020 Peak: Aug 12-13, 2020 – the Moon will be 35% illuminated. The Perseids are the most popular meteor shower as they peak on warm August nights as seen from Continue reading →
Venus at Greatest Western Elongation.
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19th Amendment to the US Constitution, 1920 (women’s suffrage).
19th Amendment to the US Constitution, 1920 (women’s suffrage).
Aug 18 all-day
19th Amendment to the US Constitution, 1920 (women's suffrage).
Beginning in the 1800s, women organized, petitioned, and picketed to win the right to vote, but it took them decades to accomplish their purpose. Between 1878, when the amendment was first introduced in Congress, and August 18, 1920, when it Continue reading →
New Moon (07:41 MST).
New Moon (07:41 MST).
Aug 18 all-day
New Moon (07:41 MST).
By the modern definition, New Moon occurs when the Moon and Sun are at the same geocentric ecliptic longitude. The part of the Moon facing us is completely in shadow then. Pictured here is the traditional New Moon, the earliest visible Continue reading →
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NGC 1232 barred Spiral in Eridanus, by Josef Pöpsel, Stefan Binnewies (www.capella-observatory.com), Germany. This majestic spiral galaxy and its companion lie about 60 million light years away in the constellation Eridanus.