Shower of shooting stars, full Moon, planets… Raise your head in August 2022, to observe the most beautiful astronomical events visible from Earth. And for good reason, the summer season is especially conducive to sky-watching. For both beginners and novices, it is therefore the ideal time to take a little height to enjoy the celestial spectacle and discover more about our Galaxy. To do this, events are organized throughout France, starting with the traditional Star Nights, which take place from August 5 to 7, 2022. Ready to dive into the vault of heaven? He went !
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Where can you observe the Night of the Stars near you?
As every year since 1991, the “Nights of the Stars” are organized in many regions of the country by the French Astronomy Association. From August 5 to 7, the association invites all astronomy fans or simply curious to explore the sky to better understand how our Galaxy works. On the program: learn to identify and find the stars that shine, look at Jupiter through the eyepiece of a telescope to see its satellites, admire the rings of beautiful Saturn or even the lunar maria and craters.
To participate in the many evenings and events taking place near you this summer, all you have to do is go to the AFA website, enter your details and the search engine will show you all the events taking place in your region. . In Paris, if light pollution is not ideal for stargazing, a “marathon” of 20 free stargazing evenings open to all is still organized in the capital from July 8 to September 3.
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Which planets will be observable with the naked eye?
During the month of August 2022, some planets in our solar system will be visible without a telescope or instrument, starting with Saturn. The giant planet moving in opposition in the constellation Capricorn on August 14, 2022, will line up with the Sun and Earth. At its maximum brightness, it will be in perfect viewing conditions, and then it will be visible throughout the night. Other planets will also be visible throughout August. But sometimes you will have to be reckless to see them because it requires staying up late at night, or waking up very early in the morning, before sunrise. To avoid the risk of staying without waiting for anything, it is better to consult previously in an astronomical reference site, the exact time in which your visibility will be optimal and the weather of the day. In any case, the month of August will offer, at different times, the opportunity to observe the following planets with the naked eye:
When will the next full moon be?
The eighth full moon of the year will occur on Friday, August 12, 2022 at 3:36 am sharp. This is the last “supermoon” of the year. Popularized by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979, the expression large moon it has no scientific purpose. It is commonly used to designate a Full Moon, which is at its perigee, that is, at the point of its orbit closest to Earth. It then appears brighter and larger by 14% according to NASA, although the phenomenon is not always noticeable to the naked eye.
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Perseids, a shower of shooting stars to see in August
Do you like to watch the shooting stars? So you must mark in your agenda the date of the famous Perseids, whose climax is scheduled for the night of August 12 to 13, 2022, around three in the morning. The meteor shower should offer between 70 and 110 shooting stars per hour for our greatest pleasure. Where do they come from? These are bright remnants of Comet Swift-Tuttle, which crossed Earth’s path from July 17 to August 24. Penetrating the Earth’s atmosphere, this comet dust shines with a thousand lights, however, this year, the show could be partially clouded by the full Moon that will take place on the night of August 12. But there are no secrets when it comes to observing, the best advice is to be patient!
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