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3 things that star gazers in the night sky do not want to miss



By Brian Lada AccuWeather meteorologist and employee author
31st July 2019, 08:01:14 EDT

August is approaching and with the new month comes an event that Stargazer has been recording for months on their calendars of the best meteor showers of the year.

In August of this year, you should note three astronomical events in your calendar:

1st Moon to Align with Jupiter, Saturn
When: 9th-11th August

The second weekend of August offers a great opportunity to set up a telescope and set it up as Saturn, Jupiter and the King in the sky. Moon all fall in a line across the southern sky.

The three-day show begins on the night of Friday, August 9, when the moon is next to Jupiter. This is a great opportunity for photographers to take close-up pictures of the two objects in the same photo.

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On Saturday, the 10th of August, the moon is directly between Jupiter and Saturn in the southern sky.

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Sunday, August 11, may be the best of the three nights for those who are learning how to use a new telescope. The moon is located directly to the right of Saturn, making it much easier to find the planet's rings through the eyepiece of a telescope.

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If the weather does not play along on these three nights, people may still see Jupiter and Saturn in the southern sky in the coming weeks, but they will gradually fade in the fall.

2. Peak of Perseid Meteor Shower
When: 12.-13. August

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most anticipated astronomical events each year and will peak on the night of August 12th. until the early hours of Tuesday, August 13th.

"The highlight of this shower is something to see. Since it occurs in the warm summer months, it is the most popular meteor shower in the Northern Hemisphere, "said Dave Samuhel, blogger of AccuWeather Astronomy.

In a typical year, up to 100 meteors per hour are visible. However, viewers this year should not expect so many this month. This is because the Perseids reach their climax just before the full moon. The bright moon will shine throughout the night and wash out many of the darker meteors.


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Shooting stars can be seen on all sky sections. However, to increase the likelihood of seeing most meteors, you should look at part of the sky from near full moon.

After the Perseids, star gazers have to wait until October before shooting stars fall in large numbers from the sky.

3. Orion the Hunter Returns to Heaven
When: Late August

Although there is still plenty of summer left before the arrival of autumn, the night sky is already showing signs of change seasons.

One of the signs of the changing seasonal sky is the return of the constellation Orion, one of the most famous constellations.

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To see Orion, people have to set their alarm clock and go out an hour or two before dawn to look east.

Review of July

July was a busy month in the world of astronomy and began with the world's first total solar eclipse since the Great American Solar Eclipse in 2017. Later in the month, much of the World, with the exception of North America, to observe a partial lunar eclipse.


The total solar eclipse over South America on July 2, 2019. This picture shows the short phenomenon of Baily's pearls. (Photo / Gordon Telepun)

(AccuWeather photo / Brian Lada)

Apollo flight commander Gene Kranz stands at his renovated desk for the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's moon landing.

(Photo / Frank Little) [19659038] The moon rises over New York City on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing of Apollo 11.

(AP Photo / John Raoux)

An NASA Orion spacecraft takes off from launch pad 46 on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The capsule's launching abatement system is a rocket-propelled tower on the Crew module designed to allow astronauts to be quickly and safely removed from their launcher during Ascension problems.

(AP Photo / Michel Euler)

The earth shadow covers the moon during a partial lunar eclipse in Louveciennes, west of Paris, France, on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, on the day of the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Apollo 11 mission.

(AP Photo / John Raoux)

A Falcon 9 SpaceX missile on an International Space Station resupply mission launches from Pad 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at Cape Canaveral, Florida. , Thursday, July 25, 2019.

[AP Photo / John Raoux]

The first stage of the Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket returns to a landing site at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station after a successful takeoff to the International to resupply space station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, Thursday, July 25, 2019.

(Image / NASA / NOAA)

The shadow of the moon can be seen in these satellite images of GOES-West over the southern Pacific south of the Hurricane Barbara, during the Total Solar Eclipse on July 2, 2019.

(Twitter / @_Bran dano_)

The moon blocks the sun over South America when the solar eclipse reaches its peak on July 2, 2019.


The moon landing of Apollo 11 celebrated its 50th anniversary on July 20, 2019, when Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on another world. Some of the biggest celebrations took place at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and the Johnson Space Center in Texas.

Stargazers received the first meteor shower in the last days of the month since May, with the peak of the southern Delta aquarium and the Alpha ibex. Saturn also reached its highest brightness in July when it reached the opposition, the season in which it is closest to Earth.

At the end of July, SpaceX launched a replenishment mission to the International Space Station, but eyes turned to its prototype missile, Starhopper. On July 25, this new rocket completed its first successful test flight and lifted off the ground for a few seconds. This is a big step forward in the development of SpaceX's next rocket.

The NASA Orion capsule passed a safety test at the beginning of July, demonstrating that it can eliminate astronauts when an emergency occurs when taking off.


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