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Objects in orbit that are predicted to decay and re-enter the Earths atmosphere:

Catalogue Number Common Name International
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Date
19485ARIANE 3 R/B1988-081CFR2008-08-01
32838COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026CNCIS2008-08-01
33214COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026QPCIS2008-08-01
32871COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026DWCIS2008-08-02
33142COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026NACIS2008-08-06
32877COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026ECCIS2008-08-06
33077COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026KRCIS2008-08-07
32819COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026BTCIS2008-08-07
33222COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026QXCIS2008-08-08
33223COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026QYCIS2008-08-08
33099COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026LPCIS2008-08-09
33074COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026KNCIS2008-08-10
33242COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026RTCIS2008-08-10
33221COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026QWCIS2008-08-11
32807COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026BFCIS2008-08-11
33252COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026SACIS2008-08-16
33234COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026RKCIS2008-08-16
33001COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026HECIS2008-08-16
33162COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026NSCIS2008-08-17
33271COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026SVCIS2008-08-17
32822COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026BWCIS2008-08-17
33130COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026MNCIS2008-08-17
33009COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026HNCIS2008-08-18
33251COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026RZCIS2008-08-18
33228COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026RDCIS2008-08-18
33163COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026NTCIS2008-08-18
33254COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026SCCIS2008-08-19
33042COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026JXCIS2008-08-19
32735COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026WCIS2008-08-21
32862COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026DMCIS2008-08-21
33248COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026RWCIS2008-08-22
33177COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026PHCIS2008-08-22
33187COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026PTCIS2008-08-23
33088COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026LCCIS2008-08-24
31743FENGYUN 1C DEB1999-025CESPRC2008-08-25
33178COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026PJCIS2008-08-26
33229COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026RECIS2008-08-26
33261COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026SKCIS2008-08-26
33269COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026STCIS2008-08-27
32870COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026DVCIS2008-08-27
32800COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026AYCIS2008-08-27
32601USA 193 DEB2006-057BYUS2008-08-27
30801FENGYUN 1C DEB1999-025AUKPRC2008-08-27
32812COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026BLCIS2008-08-29
30430FENGYUN 1C DEB1999-025AERPRC2008-08-29
33188COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026PUCIS2008-08-29
32913COSMOS 2421 DEB2006-026FQCIS2008-08-29
33203ISS DEB1998-067BFISS2008-08-31
32713DELTA 2 R/B(1)2008-012CUS2008-08-31


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Highlights

August 1 is the date of an ancient Pagan festival of Lammas or Lughnasadh (LOO-nah-sah). It marks the beginning of the last quarter of the Celtic year. The festival is associated with the god Lugh, or Samildanach, which means "he of many gifts".

The Perseids Meteor Shower Peaks on August 13th

Albireo
Probably the most colorful double star in the night sky can now be found nearly overhead at 11:30 p.m. local daylight time, in the constellation of Cygnus the Swan, also known as the Northern Cross. Albireo supposedly marks the swans beak.
A small telescope, or even a pair of steadily held binoculars, will readily split Albireo into two tiny points of light of beautiful contrasting colors: the brighter one a rich yellowish-orange, the other a deep azure blue, both placed very close together. An absolutely stunning view will come with a telescope magnifying between 18 and 30 power.

Sagittarius and the Galactic Centre.
For northern observers, the Teapot of Sagittarius should be dashing across the southern horizon. Observe the lower western corner, which lies immediately above the stinger of Scorpio, the scorpion. You are now looking straight toward the heart of the galaxy, the galactic centre. The actual centre is not visible to us due to the unimaginable amount of dust and stars blocking the way, but we do know something about it thanks to both radio and infrared radiation that is not so easily blocked.

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August has one major meteor shower.
The Perseids Meteor Shower that peaks on August 13th.

Shower Activity Period Maximum Radiant Velocity ZHR
Date R.A. Dec. km/s
S. Delta-Aquariids
July 14-Aug 18
30th July
3.9h
-51.8d
14 km/s
11.2
Gamma Aquarids 2 August
Alpha Ursa Majorids 10 August
Northern Iota Aquariids 12 August
Kappa Cygnids 12 August 18.6h 46.2 29.7km/s 5.8
Piscids 13 August
Perseids 13 August 3.2h 58.1 59.3km/s 79.9
Alpha Capricornids 15 August 21.2h -5.8 17.5km/s 11.7
Cygnids 18 August
Ypsilon Pegasids 18 August 1.1h 53.4 34.8km/s 4.7
Alpha Ursa Majorids 25 August 12.3h 65.8 35.0km/s 3.7
Alpha Aurigids 26 August


Yes, click this! for UK (A.Smith)

Radio Meteor Observation Station Track




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Neptune is at Opposition on the 15th August 2008.
The planet will reach a magnitude of 7.8, which is bright enough for moderate binoculars.

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Upcoming Event: To see the Perseid meteor shower, find a dark location on the night of Aug. 11 between 11 p. m. and 2 a. m., when the earth will travel through space debris left by a previous comet. Most meteors are only the size of a grain of sand or smaller, that burn up as they enter the atmosphere. The result is a trail of light often referred to as a falling star, although meteors are not related to stars at all. A meteor "shower" gives the impression of one meteor after another. Realistically, you should hope to see 10 to 20 meteors per hour.

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August sports many celestial highlights for those that dare to look up. The five brightest planets, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be visible this month along with the annual Perseid Meteor Shower.
As August starts out, look to the western sky, about 30 minutes after sunset, to find the planets Mars, Saturn and Venus. Venus will be low along the horizon, shining at a magnitude of -3.9. To the upper left of Venus will be Saturn, shining at a dimmer magnitude of +0.8. To the upper left of Saturn will be the dull red glow of Mars, shining at an even dimmer magnitude of 1.7. The thin crescent Moon will skirt under this trio on the nights of August 2nd, 3rd and 4th.
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