Astronomy is the foundation upon which astrology can operate. Actually, astrology and astronomy were treated together, under the Latin name of astrologia, being separated only by the Western 17th century philosophy. One thing is sure: a good astrologer needs to study astronomy. Here you can find the astronomy calendar for August 2018.

Saturday, August 11: New Moon – The New Moon is when the Sun and Moon are aligned, with the Sun and Earth on opposite sides of the Moon. The new moon is the first lunar phase, when the Moon and Sun have the same ecliptic longitude. At this phase, the lunar disk is not visible to the unaided eye, except when silhouetted during a solar eclipse.

august 2018 astronomy calendarSaturday, August 11: Partial Solar Eclipse – A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. The maximal phase of the partial eclipse will be recorded in East Siberian Sea, near the Wrangel Island. The eclipse can be observed in Canada, Greenland, Scotland, most of the Nordic countries (Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland), Estonia, Latvia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia and China. During the sunset, the eclipse can be observed in North and South Korea

Sunday, August 12, 13: Perseids Meteor Shower – The Perseids are prolific meteor showers associated with the comet Swift–Tuttle. The Perseids are so called because the point from which they appear to hail (called the radiant) lies in the constellation Perseus. This year, the meteor shower’s peak will be visible both the nights of August 11-12 and August 12-13.

Friday, August 17: Venus at Greatest Eastern Elongation – In astronomy, a planet’s elongation is the angular separation between the Sun and the planet, with Earth as the reference point. The planet Venus reaches greatest eastern elongation of 45.9 degrees from the Sun. August 17th is the best time to view Venus since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky.

Sunday, August 26: Full Moon – The full moon is the lunar phase when the Moon appears fully illuminated from Earth’s perspective. This occurs when Earth is located directly between the Sun and the Moon (more exactly, when the ecliptic longitudes of the Sun and Moon differ by 180°). This means that the lunar hemisphere facing Earth – the near side – is completely sunlit and appears as a circular disk, while the far side is dark.

Sunday, August 26: Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation – In astronomy, a planet’s elongation is the angular separation between the Sun and the planet, with Earth as the reference point. The planet Mercury reaches greatest western elongation of 18.3 degrees from the Sun. August 26th is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the morning sky.

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Astronomy is the foundation upon which astrology can operate. Actually, astrology and astronomy were treated together, under the Latin name of astrologia, being separated only by the Western 17th century philosophy. One thing is sure: a good astrologer needs to study astronomy. Here you can find the astronomy calendar...