On 26 of August, the full moon or Sturgeon Moon will not be the only star of the show as Mercury, Mars, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn will also be present on the sky, and we will be able to see them.
The planet show schedule
On the same date, the Sturgeon Moon will reach fullness at 7:56 a.m. Eastern at the same time with Mercury’s greatest western elongation. We will be able to see Mercury in it full beauty because it will be 18.3 degrees further from the sun.
On August 26’s morning, Mercury will rise at 4:46 a.m Eastern and if you are living on the East coast you will be able to see it close to the horizon. Throughout that evening you will be able to see the moon along with a lineup of planets, and you can watch the show the whole night.
On Sunday at 6:20 p.m Eastern Mars will rise, and it will be seen until 3:05 a.m. the next morning. Again if you are living on the east coast of the US, you will have perfect visibility of the planet.
If you also want to see Venus you should start stargazing on Sunday at 9:10 p.m. Eastern and for Jupiter lovers, it will be on scene 10:38 p.m. Eastern while Saturn will be visible throughout most of the night until 1:27 a.m. Eastern on August 27.
If you want to see this celestial parade, you should go to a less light polluted place, and you will see all these planets without a telescope. Even though the Sturgeon Moon usually steals the spotlight, it will need to share it with Mars, Saturn, and Venus as well.
Set your alarms, grab the popcorn and enjoy the cosmic spectacle.
Laura grew up in a small town in northern Quebec. She studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married her husband one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children. Laura is an advocate for people with disabilities.