What's In The Night Sky for August 2023 Including the Perseid Meteor Shower

For astrophotographers around the world who are wondering what there is to shoot in August 2023, Alyn Wallace has you covered with this in-depth guide to what's in the night sky. August is a fantastic month with the Perseid meteor shower, Milky Way core, and supermoons.

August is upon us and it is going to be an action-packed month for astrophotographers. So what have you got to look forward to? The peak of the brilliant Perseid meteor shower, two supermoons and there is still plenty of Milky Way core action to be had as the nights begin to get darker for those in the higher latitudes of the northern hemisphere. 

August also means that, as the nights begin to get longer and the midnight sun comes to an end, for those in the higher northern latitudes this will create more opportunities to photograph the Northern Lights. Be sure to click the link later on for my best tips on how to capture the Aurora Borealis. We are fast approaching Solar Maximum, so I highly recommend chasing the Northern Lights over the next few years.

With the two supermoons being at the beginning and end of the month, the new moon will fall during the middle of the month, just in time for the peak of the Perseid meteor shower around the 12th to 14th of August. The Perseid meteor shower is one of the best meteor displays of the year with many meteors per hour. On a clear night, it is an amazing spectacle for you and your family or friends to enjoy, and even better if you can combine it with some amazing photography.

I am based in the UK and for the last couple of months at my latitude it has been near on impossible to photograph the Milky Way due to having no official nighttime and only bright periods of twilight. However, now August is here, the nights have returned and all I need now are clear skies to photograph the beautiful Milky Way core. 

What are you looking forward to photographing in the month ahead? Let us know in the comments below.

Good luck and clear skies!

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Greg Sheard is a Scottish based photographer, focusing on wildlife, landscape and portrait work. Greg's mission in life is too help those who suffer with mental health issues and be a voice for the millions of people around the world who need that care, attention and awareness.

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