Gilbert Rotary Centennial Observatory
- In the Sky for August 2018 -

Source: EVAC August Newsletter

The Moon & Planets: 

Evening Planets (after sunset): 

  • Venus, W
  • Jupiter, SW
  • Saturn, S
  • Mars, SE
  • Neptune, E

Morning Planets (before sunrise): 

  • Neptune, SW
  • Uranus, S
  • Mercury, E

Phases of the Moon: 

Phase Date Time Current Moon Info
Last Quarter Moon August 4 14:18 MT

New Moon August 11 05:58 MT
First Quarter Moon August 18 03:48 MT
Full Moon August 26 07:56 MT


There are no comets brighter than magnitude 8 visible this month.


The Perseid Meteor Shower - The Perseid meteors peak on the night of August 12-13. The Moon will have set well before the meteors will be visible, so this should be an excellent year for the Perseids. Under favorable conditions, observers may see over 100 per hour.