With the Great American Eclipse fast approaching, here are a few other astronomical events you might be interested in:
Aug. 21: The Great American Eclipse. The eclipse will be viewable in Dayton starting at 1:02 p.m. and will reach its maximum coverage, nearly 90 percent, at 2:28 p.m.
Oct. 9-10: Southern Taurids meteor shower. Active Sept. 7 to Nov. 19. It is long but doesn't have an impressive peak. You could see an increased chance for fireball sightings. The shower peaks Oct. 9-10.
Oct. 21-22: Orionids meteor shower. Active Oct. 4 to Nov. 14. A typical year it can produce 20-25 meteors per hour. The shower peaks Oct. 21-22.
Nov. 10-11: Northern Taurids meteor shower. Active Oct. 19 to Dec. 10. Can be active the same time as the Southern Taurids. The shower peaks Nov. 10-11.
Nov. 13: Venus and Jupiter. Venus joins Jupiter in the eastern sky close to dawn.
Nov. 17-18: Leonids meteor shower. Active Nov. 5-30. The rates are usually about 15 meteors per hour. The shower peaks Nov. 17-18.
Dec. 13-14: Geminidas meteor shower. Active Dec. 4-16. This is a great meteor shower during the year. They can have long tails and bright colors. The showers will peak Dec. 13-14.
Dec. 21-22: Ursids meteor shower. Active Dec. 17-23. The shower usually produces five to 10 meteors per hour but an outburst can take the rate up to 25 meteors per hour. The shower peaks Dec. 21-22.