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This page provides charts, and text concerning what is visible in the night sky during the month noted. All information is for Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but they can still provide useful information for most other areas of the U.S.A. Sky charts, Saturn ring plane, and Venus phase images are for Midnight, on the 15th day of the month. Sky charts are 100 degree field of view, and show objects down to 12th magnitude. Times in the text information are in 24 hour format and have been adjusted for Daylight Savings Time. Subtract 12 hours from those over 12 to get the equivalent PM. RA and DEC given are for Epoch 2000.

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Baton Rouge Clear Sky Clock
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Baton Rouge Clear Sky Clock

Kisatchie Clear Sky Clock
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Kisatchie Clear Sky Clock

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August

Moon Calendar

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Sky charts

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Saturn’s Ring Plane

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Venus Phase

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Sun and Moon Rise and Set

  Date       Moonrise   Moonset   Sunrise   Sunset   Twilight  Twilight
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8/1/2017         15:14     01:34     06:23     19:59     04:53     21:29
8/2/2017         16:05     02:13     06:24     19:58     04:54     21:28
8/3/2017         16:56     02:55     06:24     19:57     04:55     21:27
8/4/2017         17:45     03:41     06:25     19:56     04:56     21:26
8/5/2017         18:32     04:30     06:25     19:56     04:57     21:24
8/6/2017         19:17     05:22     06:26     19:55     04:57     21:23
8/7/2017         19:59     06:16     06:27     19:54     04:58     21:22
8/8/2017         20:38     07:12     06:27     19:53     04:59     21:21
8/9/2017         21:17     08:09     06:28     19:52     05:00     21:20
8/10/2017        21:54     09:07     06:28     19:51     05:01     21:19
8/11/2017        22:31     10:06     06:29     19:50     05:02     21:17
8/12/2017        23:09     11:06     06:30     19:49     05:03     21:16
8/13/2017        23:49     12:07     06:30     19:48     05:04     21:15
8/14/2017       ------     13:09     06:31     19:47     05:04     21:14
8/15/2017        00:32     14:12     06:31     19:46     05:05     21:13
8/16/2017        01:20     15:16     06:32     19:45     05:06     21:11
8/17/2017        02:13     16:18     06:33     19:44     05:07     21:10
8/18/2017        03:11     17:18     06:33     19:43     05:08     21:09
8/19/2017        04:13     18:13     06:34     19:42     05:09     21:07
8/20/2017        05:17     19:03     06:34     19:41     05:10     21:06
8/21/2017        06:21     19:48     06:35     19:40     05:10     21:05
8/22/2017        07:25     20:29     06:36     19:39     05:11     21:03
8/23/2017        08:26     21:07     06:36     19:38     05:12     21:02
8/24/2017        09:25     21:44     06:37     19:37     05:13     21:01
8/25/2017        10:22     22:19     06:37     19:36     05:14     20:59
8/26/2017        11:17     22:54     06:38     19:35     05:14     20:58
8/27/2017        12:11     23:31     06:39     19:33     05:15     20:57
8/28/2017        13:05    ------     06:39     19:32     05:16     20:55
8/29/2017        13:57     00:09     06:40     19:31     05:17     20:54
8/30/2017        14:48     00:51     06:40     19:30     05:17     20:52
8/31/2017        15:38     01:35     06:41     19:29     05:18     20:51

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Solar System Information

                         Lunar Eclipse Report for 2017

Lunar eclipse on  8/ 7/2017
Moon rise: 19:59
Moon set:   6:16
Magnitude:  0.25
Partial phase begins:    12:23
Time of maximum eclipse: 13:20
Partial phase ends:      14:18


                         Solar Eclipse Report for 2017

Solar eclipse on  8/21/2017
Sun rise:  6:35
Sun set:  19:40
Time of maximum eclipse: 13:27
Eclipse is total
Eclipse is visible in the northern hemisphere


              Planet View Info Report for  8/ 1/2017 to  8/31/2017

                                    Mercury

Date       Rise  Set     RA         Dec         Elongation   Ill Fr  DIST(AU)

 8/ 1/2017  8:33 21:13   10h28m48s    7°47'01"   27°07'13"   0.437    0.84490
 8/ 8/2017  8:27 20:52   10h43m38s    4°48'19"   25°04'33"   0.315    0.74734
 8/15/2017  8:02 20:21   10h45m09s    3°20'56"   19°32'16"   0.175    0.66539
 8/22/2017  7:18 19:41   10h31m40s    4°12'19"   10°03'24"   0.047    0.61928
 8/29/2017  6:22 19:00   10h10m15s    7°15'22"    5°27'09"   0.016    0.63982

                                     Venus

Date       Rise  Set     RA         Dec         Elongation   Ill Fr  DIST(AU)

 8/ 1/2017  3:30 17:26    6h01m55s   21°51'28"   38°32'18"   0.744    1.14709
 8/ 8/2017  3:38 17:34    6h36m56s   21°56'55"   37°06'39"   0.767    1.19457
 8/15/2017  3:46 17:40    7h12m14s   21°33'29"   35°37'16"   0.789    1.24032
 8/22/2017  3:57 17:45    7h47m32s   20°40'47"   34°04'50"   0.809    1.28417
 8/29/2017  4:08 17:49    8h22m35s   19°19'34"   32°29'51"   0.829    1.32601

                                      Mars

Date       Rise  Set     RA         Dec         Elongation   Ill Fr  DIST(AU)

 8/ 1/2017  6:15 19:55    8h40m26s   19°29'29"    1°54'25"   1.000    2.65756
 8/ 8/2017  6:09 19:43    8h58m44s   18°18'10"    3°55'32"   1.000    2.65798
 8/15/2017  6:02 19:29    9h16m44s   17°00'53"    6°06'17"   0.999    2.65532
 8/22/2017  5:56 19:16    9h34m27s   15°38'10"    8°20'36"   0.998    2.64947
 8/29/2017  5:50 19:02    9h51m54s   14°10'40"   10°37'18"   0.997    2.64034

                                    Jupiter

Date       Rise  Set     RA         Dec         Elongation   Ill Fr  DIST(AU)

 8/ 1/2017 11:38 23:15   13h04m28s   -5°34'45"   68°02'28"   0.992    5.74623
 8/ 8/2017 11:15 22:51   13h08m07s   -5°58'42"   62°19'59"   0.993    5.84436
 8/15/2017 10:53 22:26   13h12m06s   -6°24'25"   56°41'51"   0.994    5.93741
 8/22/2017 10:31 22:02   13h16m23s   -6°51'43"   51°07'17"   0.995    6.02455
 8/29/2017 10:09 21:38   13h20m57s   -7°20'21"   45°35'52"   0.996    6.10489

                                     Saturn

Date       Rise  Set     RA         Dec         Elongation   Ill Fr  DIST(AU)

 8/ 1/2017 16:37  2:56   17h23m42s  -21°54'39"  132°36'29"   0.999    9.36508
 8/ 8/2017 16:09  2:28   17h22m43s  -21°55'01"  125°41'03"   0.998    9.45502
 8/15/2017 15:41  1:59   17h22m03s  -21°55'41"  118°49'03"   0.998    9.55311
 8/22/2017 15:13  1:32   17h21m42s  -21°56'41"  112°00'25"   0.998    9.65797
 8/29/2017 14:46  1:04   17h21m42s  -21°57'59"  105°15'20"   0.998    9.76802

                                     Uranus

Date       Rise  Set     RA         Dec         Elongation   Ill Fr  DIST(AU)

 8/ 1/2017 23:40 12:37    1h46m51s   10°24'02"  100°26'12"   0.999   19.71177
 8/ 8/2017 23:13 12:09    1h46m50s   10°23'43"  107°08'42"   0.999   19.59744
 8/15/2017 22:45 11:42    1h46m39s   10°22'34"  113°54'27"   0.999   19.48720
 8/22/2017 22:17 11:14    1h46m20s   10°20'37"  120°43'44"   1.000   19.38263
 8/29/2017 21:49 10:46    1h45m52s   10°17'51"  127°36'25"   1.000   19.28535

                                    Neptune

Date       Rise  Set     RA         Dec         Elongation   Ill Fr  DIST(AU)

 8/ 1/2017 21:37  9:10   23h01m34s   -7°14'42"  145°11'57"   1.000   29.10864
 8/ 8/2017 21:09  8:42   23h00m59s   -7°18'29"  152°03'12"   1.000   29.04805
 8/15/2017 20:41  8:14   23h00m21s   -7°22'34"  158°56'02"   1.000   29.00007
 8/22/2017 20:13  7:45   22h59m41s   -7°26'52"  165°50'24"   1.000   28.96551
 8/29/2017 19:45  7:17   22h58m59s   -7°31'18"  172°45'11"   1.000   28.94502

                                     Pluto

Date       Rise  Set     RA         Dec         Elongation   Ill Fr  DIST(AU)

 8/ 1/2017 18:28  4:49   19h15m54s  -21°33'09"  158°37'47"   1.000   32.43086
 8/ 8/2017 18:00  4:21   19h15m16s  -21°35'04"  151°46'50"   1.000   32.48568
 8/15/2017 17:32  3:53   19h14m40s  -21°36'54"  144°55'40"   1.000   32.55305
 8/22/2017 17:04  3:24   19h14m09s  -21°38'38"  138°04'08"   1.000   32.63218
 8/29/2017 16:36  2:56   19h13m41s  -21°40'14"  131°12'27"   1.000   32.72202


                         Planet Apsides Report for 2017

Mercury
   8/ 2/2017  Aphelion     Distance from Sun:   0.47 AU

   
       Planet Conjunction/Opposition Report for  8/ 1/2017 to  8/31/2017

Mercury

  Date        Hour   Event

   8/26/2017  18     Inferior Conjunction               

   
                               Planet Data Report


Planet       Mean Dist   Period of          Inclination     Equatorial
             From Sun    Revolution                         Diameter
             (AU)                                           (km)

Mercury       0.39        88    days         7°               4880
Venus         0.72       224.7  days         3.4°            12100
Earth         1.00       365.24 days         0°              12756
Mars          1.52       687    days         1.9°             6794
Jupiter       5.20        11.86 years        1.3°           143200
Saturn        9.54        29.46 years        2.5°           120000
Uranus       19.18        84    years        0.8°            52290
Neptune      30.06       165    years        1.8°            50450
Pluto        39.44       248    years       17.2°             2200-2300


                Moon Apsides Report for  8/ 1/2017 to  8/31/2017

Date          Hour    Apsis      Distance (km)    Diameter

 8/ 2/2017    13      Apogee     405053           0.4917°
 8/18/2017     8      Perigee    366119           0.5440°
 8/30/2017     6      Apogee     404312           0.4926°


                 Moon Nodes Report for  8/ 1/2017 to  8/31/2017

Date          Time     Node          Illuminated Fraction

 8/ 8/2017     5:55    Descending    1.00
 8/21/2017     5:33    Ascending     0.00


               Meteor Showers Report for  8/ 1/2017 to  8/31/2017


Date        Meteor Shower       ZHR  RA      DEC   Illum. Frac.  Longitude

 8/ 1/2017  alpha-Capricornids   5   20h36m  -10°  0.70          130°
 8/ 6/2017  iota-Aquarids        8   22h10m  -15°  0.99          134°
 8/12/2017  Perseids            75    3h04m   58°  0.74          140°
 8/20/2017  alpha-Cygnids        5   21h00m   48°  0.01          148°

 
                  Twilight Report for  8/ 1/2017 to  8/31/2017


Date         Sun            Astronomical   Nautical       Civil
             Rise   Set     Begin  End     Begin  End     Begin  End

 8/ 1/2017    6:23  19:59    4:49  21:33    5:22  21:00    5:53  20:29
 8/ 8/2017    6:27  19:53    4:55  21:25    5:27  20:53    5:58  20:22
 8/15/2017    6:32  19:46    5:01  21:16    5:33  20:45    6:02  20:15
 8/22/2017    6:36  19:39    5:07  21:07    5:38  20:37    6:07  20:08
 8/29/2017    6:40  19:31    5:13  20:58    5:42  20:28    6:11  19:59

Information for this section is from Astronomy Lab 2.03

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