Perseid Meteor Shower and a Supermoon

Perseids and a Supermoon One of the best meteor showers of the year takes place this month.  It’s the Perseids, named for the constellation Perseus, where the shooting stars appear to radiate from.  This year the shower is at it’s maximum during the night and morning hours of August 12-13th. During a normal year 60 to 100 shooting stars per hour can be seen at its peak.  This year, though, it could be different.

The moon will be near full during the meteor shower.  On top of that, it will be a supermoon, which will be 14% bigger and 30% brighter than an average full moon.  The light from the moon will wash out the night sky, making many of the dimmer meteors much more difficult to see.

The Perseid Meteor Shower is caused by the debris trail left by the comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle.

By |2017-11-17T21:34:28-05:00August 10th, 2014|Meteor Showers, Moon, Sky Events|0 Comments

Full Sturgeon Moon 2014

Full Sturgeon Moon 2014 Full Sturgeon Moon? Sounds like something fishy is going on!

That is one of the names given to the August Full Moon, which occurs on August 10th at 18:10 Universal Time (UT). The Algonquin tribes of North America gave this month’s full moon this name because it is during this time that sturgeons, a large fish found in the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain, are most easily caught. Sturgeons were considered the royalty of fishes by the Native people who lived in the Great Lakes region and a delicacy because of their meaty flesh.

The August Full Moon is known by several other names, including Green Corn Moon, Grain Moon and Red Moon.

By |2017-11-17T21:34:28-05:00August 7th, 2014|Celestial History, Moon, Sky Events|0 Comments