Hello ! It's been hot and smokey in my part of the world, but I've still cooked up a great newsletter for you this month with lots of tips, videos, and cloudy-night reading. Here's your monthly night-sky newsletter from CosmicPursuits.com
Both Jupiter and Saturn reach opposition in August and make their best apparitions of the year. The grand Perseid meteor shower peaks under nearly moonless conditions, ideal for some northern summer stargazing under the Milky Way (southerners can see many of these meteors as well). Venus hangs low and bright over the northwestern horizon after sunset, and tiny Mercury and makes a very close approach to Mars in the same part of the sky. Here's what's going on in the Night Sky This Month.
10. A Song for Stargazers
: Because of thick smoke in my part of the world, I can only see one star right now, an angry red sun
. Which brings to mind this obscure but utterly beautiful piece
by Canada's Gordon Peterson (with haunting background vocals by Joni Mitchell) who laments the state of Earth's natural world.
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