Stargazers Alert: Check Out These Stunning Celestial Events In August

Plan an astronomy-themed trip in August. You will get to see supermoons, meteor showers, Mercury and Saturn
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Do you enjoy stargazing? Then, in August, travel to a place where you can observe five significant astronomical occurrences happening throughout the month. It began with the Supermoon on August 1, and it ends with another Supermoon on August 30. Sandwiched between these is an amazing line-up of the Perseid meteor shower, a clear glimpse of Mercury, and the best view of Saturn's ring.

The Supermoon: August 1 and 30

As the Earth and moon get closer in their orbits, August will witness a major occurrence in a celestial show of tremendous significance. Not just one, but two supermoons will adorn the skies, so get ready for an event that will stand out from everything else. This unusual occurrence will increase the moon's brightness and surface visibility, giving scientists a unique opportunity to examine its topography, geological features, and impact craters with unmatched clarity.

The first supermoon of the year was in July. In September, the fourth and final ones will be seen. A full moon that is significantly closer to Earth than usual is referred to as a supermoon. The last time two full supermoons were seen in the same month was in 2018. They are not expected to happen again until 2037.

Mercury Magic: First Week of August

Mercury will be visible in the evening sky throughout the first week of August, shining just above the western horizon after sunset. However, after reaching its greatest eastern elongation on August 9, when it is 27 degrees from the sun, it will gradually descend lower and become more difficult to observe as the month unfolds. Mercury will be the furthest away from the sun on August 10 and will be seen just after sunset.

The Meteor Showers: August 12-13

The Perseid meteor shower is the year's must-see astronomical event. It is famous for its high meteor rate and dramatic fireballs streak across the night sky. The annual Perseids meteor shower happens as Earth travels through the debris cloud of Comet Swift-Tuttle. These meteors are made up of small dust and particles emitted by the comet's tail as it circles the sun. Although the Perseids will be visible until September 1, the best evenings to see them will be August 12 and 13. During its peak, the meteor shower is expected to produce 50-75 meteors per hour, according to the American Meteor Society. This time, the moon will be near the very end of its crescent phase, making viewing conditions ideal for meteor showers.

The Rings of Saturn: August 26-27

Saturn is not the only planet with rings; none are as spectacular or as complex as Saturn's. And you will have a chance to see them in detail in August. As evening falls on August 26 and 27, watch for bright golden Saturn just above the southeastern horizon.

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