Astronomy Events in 2017


Astronomy Events in August 2017 

It's too light to see many stars in Shetland just now
Events are posted here in case you're observing further south !


2      α–Capricornid meteor shower
6      τ–Aquarid meteor shower
7      Full Moon and partial lunar eclipse (7pm)
12    Perseid meteor shower.  The Perseid meteor shower will reach its maximum
        rate of activity on 12 August 2017. Some shooting stars associated with the
        shower are expected to be visible each night from 23 Jul to 20 Aug.
       The maximum rate of meteors can be up to 80 per hour
13    M15 is well placed
14    M2 is well placed
19    Close approach of the Moon and Venus
19    Conjunction of the Moon and Venus
21    α–Cygnid meteor shower
21    Partial solar eclipse  Partial Solar Eclipse (Begins: Mon, 21 Aug 2017, 19:36;
        Max: Mon, 21 Aug 2017, 19:51; Ends: Mon, 21 Aug 2017, 20:04)
        Duration: 28 minutes
22    Conjunction of the Moon and Mercury
25    Close approach of the Moon and Jupiter


For more ideas and information on what to observe this month, please also visit

Jodrell Bank's Night Sky Guide for August 2017