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Sun, Moon, and Stars: August 2000

Movement of the heavenly bodies: August 2000

 

August Calendar

Moon Phase Day Phenomenon Hour
(UT)
Hour
(EST)
2 Pallas, the second-largest asteroid, is 0 degrees 0 minutes 8 seconds north of the Moon. The asteroid is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 1700 1 pm
3 Mercury is 7 degrees south of the star Pollux. 2200 6 pm
6 Venus is 1 degree 1 minute north of the star Regulus. 0700 3 am
7 FIRST QUARTER 0100 9 pm
(August 6)
10 Mercury is 0 degrees 9 minutes south of Mars. 1300 9 am
11 Uranus is at opposition, that is Uranus and the Sun are aligned on opposite sides of Earth. 0500 1 am
11 The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit. 2200 6 pm
12 The asteroid Juno is at opposition, that is Juno and the Sun are aligned on opposite sides of Earth. 0800 4 am
13 Neptune is 1 degree 1 minute north of the Moon. The planet is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 1700 1 pm
14 Uranus is 1 degree 4 minutes north of the Moon. 2000 4 pm
15 FULL MOON 0500 1 am
22 Mercury is in superior conjunction, that is, Mercury and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 0100 9 pm
(August 21)
22 LAST QUARTER 1900 3 pm
22 Saturn is 2 degrees north of the Moon. 1900 3 pm
22 Pluto appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent backward, or retrograde, motion changes back to direct motion. 2000 4 pm
23 Jupiter is 3 degrees north of the Moon. 1000 6 am
27 The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. 1400 10 am
28 Mars is 0 degrees 9 minutes south of the Moon. The planet is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 0300 11 pm
(August 27)
28 Vesta, the third-largest asteroid, appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent backward, or retrograde, motion changes back to direct motion. 0600 2 am
29 NEW MOON 1000 6 am
30 Venus is 4 degrees south of the Moon. 2300 7 pm