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, summer is the best time to observe the sky. Initiated as well as new ones, so this is the ideal time to take a little longer to enjoy the celestial view and to learn more about our Galaxy. To do this, events are organized throughout France, starting with the traditional Star Nights that will take place from August 5 to 7, 2022. Ready to dive into the celestial vault? Let’s go!
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Where can you observe the Night of the Stars near you?
As every year since 1991, the “Night of the stars” is organized in several regions of the country by the French Association of Astronomy. From August 5 to 7, the association invites all astronomy enthusiasts or simply curious people to explore the sky to better understand how our Galaxy works. In the program: learn to identify and look for bright stars, observe Jupiter through the eyepiece of a telescope to see its satellites, admire the rings of the beautiful Saturn or even lunar seas and craters!
To join the many nights and events happening near you this summer, all you have to do is go to the AFA website, enter your information, and the search engine will show you all the events happening in your region! In Paris, when light pollution is not good for stargazing, a “marathon” of 20 free observation nights open to everyone is still organized in the capital, from July 8 to September 3. .
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What planets can be seen 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 that will move into opposition in the constellation of Capricorn on August 14, 2022, will track the Sun and the Earth. At its maximum brightness, it is in perfect observation conditions, and then visible throughout the night. Other planets will also be visible throughout August. But sometimes it is necessary not to care about seeing them because it is necessary to stay late at night, or wake up very early in the morning, before the sun rises. To avoid the risk of waiting for nothing, it is better to check in advance on a reference astronomical site, the exact time when their visibility will be optimal and the time of day. However, the month of August will offer, at different times, the opportunity to observe the following planets with the naked eye:
When is the next Full Moon?
The eighth full moon of the year will occur on Friday, August 12, 2022 at 3:36 am. This is the last “supermoon” of the year. Astrologer Richard Nolle popularized the expression in 1979 supermoon no scientific purpose. It is usually used to designate a Full Moon, which is located at its perigee, that is, at the point of its orbit closest to the Earth. It then appears brighter and larger by 14% according to NASA, although the phenomenon is not always visible to the naked eye.
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The Perseids, a shower of shooting stars seen in August
Do you like to contemplate shooting stars? So you should mark in your diary the date of the famous Perseids, the highlight of which is scheduled for the night of August 12 to 13, 2022, around three in the morning. The meteor shower should offer between 70 to 110 shooting stars per hour for our best enjoyment. Where are they from? This is bright debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, which crossed the path of the Earth from July 17 to August 24. Penetrating into the Earth’s atmosphere, this comet dust will flash a thousand lights. However, this year, the view will be partially spoiled due to the full Moon that will occur on the night of August 12. But there are no secrets when it comes to observation, the best advice is to be armed with be patient yourself!
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