From the July 2008 issue

A pair of summer eclipses

August 2008: This month, a solar and lunar eclipse will delight observers.
By and | Published: July 20, 2008 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
Four planets gather in the twilit summer evening sky: Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Saturn. Because every planet moves at a different speed and rhythm, this assembly creates a number of fascinating conjunctions. The scene will be ripe for wide-angle photography. Unfortunately, none of these planets lies high enough to yield good views through a telescope.