Observe with AAA
Looking to see the stars and sky in the New York area? Come join us at a FREE observing event, open to all! Our members set up their telescopes all over the city throughout the year. We provide instruction on how to find objects in the night sky. If you’re thinking of getting binoculars or a telescope yourself, this is a good opportunity to look at and through some equipment and ask questions of experienced users.
New to observing? Thinking about purchasing binoculars or a telescope? Check out our wiki for in-depth guides and how-tos to get started!
What's Up in the Sky?
What’s Up in the Sky AAA Observers’ August Guide By Tony Faddoul August’s Evening Planets: Mercury will be in Leo the Lion until 9 PM in the first half of August. Find red Mars moving between Leo the Lion and Virgo the Maiden until 10 PM and setting earlier every night. Bright Jupiter is in Aries the Ram as of midnight and rising earlier every night until 10 PM by the end of August. Find Saturn in Aquarius the Water-bearer all night. Uranus will be in Aries the Ram as of midnight and rising earlier every night. Neptune in Pisces the Fish as of 10 PM and rising earlier every night until 8 PM by the end of the month. Dwarf Pluto will be in Sagittarius the Archer all night. August’s Evening Stars: Spot the Summer Triangle of Vega in Lyra the Harp, Deneb in Cygnus the Swan, and Altair in Aquila the Eagle all night. See Antares in Scorpius the Scorpion, Capella in Auriga the Charioteer, and Arcturus in Boötes the Herdsman. Also, find the stars of constellations Ophiuchus, Libra, Cassiopeia, Cepheus, Sagittarius, Capricornus, Aquarius, Hercules, Aquarius, Andromeda, Draco, Pegasus, and Ursa Major and Ursa Minor (the Big and Little Dippers). August’s Morning Planets: Bright Venus will be up around 5 AM in the last week of August between Hydra the Water-snake and Cancer the Crab. Find Jupiter is in Aries the Ram and Saturn is in Aquarius the Water bearer lingering until sunrise. Uranus will be in Aries the Ram and Neptune in Pisces the Fish until sunrise. August’s Morning Stars: Look for Capella in Auriga the Charioteer, Vega in Lyra the Harp, Deneb in Cygnus the Swan, Aldebaran in Taurus the Bull, Castor and Pollux in in Gemini the Twins, Beetlejuice and Rigel in Orion the Hunter, as