Each month I post a monthly night photography events calendar on the first day of the month. Events listed on this calendar are suitable for wide-field and moderate-telephoto astrophotography, as well as for general night photography. Unless otherwise stated, all events occur in the United States at mid-latitudes. Most of the events also occur at other locations, although some of them may require correction for latitude and longitude.
The position of the Moon relative to the planets and stars changes throughout the night. Generally, when a position is given, it is for the period about 45 minutes after sunset or 45 minutes before sunrise. Do not confuse the times of the Moon phases for the times of Moonrise and Moonset. Consult local charts for rise and set times.
August is among my favorite months for night photography. Although the nights are short, they offer great photo opportunities. The most popular meteor shower of the year, the Perseids, occurs this month and the Milky Way shines high and bright all night long. Toward the end of August, Orion begins rising early in the morning, signaling its return to the winter skies. And, of course, the nights are warm, making it more pleasant to stay out.
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