Events for August 2015

The following table gives the date and time of important astronomical events for August 2015. The time of each event is given in Greenwich Mean Time or GMT (a.k.a. Universal Time or UT). To convert GMT to Eastern Standard Time (EST) just subtract 5 hours. To convert GMT to other time zones, visit Time Zones. Some of the astronomical terms used in the calendar are explained in Definitions.

 Date    GMT   Astronomical Events for August 2015
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        (h:m)
Aug 02  10:11  Moon at Perigee: 362135 km
Aug 04  02:53  Moon at Descending Node 
Aug 07  02:03  LAST QUARTER MOON 
Aug 07  07     Mercury 0.5° of Jupiter
Aug 07  17:25  Mercury 0.8°N of Regulus
Aug 08  22     Venus at Aphelion 
Aug 08  23:22  Aldebaran 0.7°S of Moon
Aug 13  06     Perseid Meteor Shower
Aug 14  14:54  NEW MOON 
Aug 15  19     Venus at Inferior Conjunction 
Aug 16  14:34  Mercury 2.0°N of Moon
Aug 17  23:05  Moon at Ascending Node 
Aug 18  02:33  Moon at Apogee: 405852 km
Aug 19  17:46  Spica 4.2°S of Moon
Aug 20  03:35  Mars 0.5°S of Beehive
Aug 22  17:21  Saturn 2.6°S of Moon
Aug 22  19:31  FIRST QUARTER MOON 
Aug 26  21     Jupiter in Conjunction with Sun 
Aug 29  18:35  FULL MOON 
Aug 29  19     Mercury at Aphelion 
Aug 30  15:24  Moon at Perigee: 358289 km
Aug 31  10:16  Moon at Descending Node 

As the events above transpire, I will post photographs of some of them at Recent Images.

Astronomical events calendars for complete years and for eight time zones are available through the links below.

Time Zones Calendars of Astronomical Events
Greenwich Mean Time 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Atlantic Standard Time 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Eastern Standard Time 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Central Standard Time 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Mountain Standard Time 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Pacific Standard Time 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Alaska Standard Time 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Hawaii Standard Time 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020

For additional years, see Calendars of Astronomical Events.

For detailed information on solar and lunar eclipses this year, see: Eclipses During 2015.

The Calendars of Astronomical Events were all generated by a computer program I wrote (with THINK Pascal running on a Macintosh G4) using Astronomical Algorithms (Jean Meeus).

Fred Espenak