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.
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.
“I know that I am mortal by nature, and ephemeral; but when I trace at my pleasure the windings to and fro of the heavenly bodies I no longer touch the earth with my feet: I stand in the presence of Zeus himself and take my fill of ambrosia” ― Ptolemy, Ptolemy’s Almagest
Nothing has fascinated humankind for as long as the night sky. The heavens are filled with things of beauty and awe. UnderTheNightSky.com will be your guide to enjoying and understanding them. With a focus on what you can see with nothing more than your naked-eyes or a pair of binoculars, we will let you know what’s going on and where and when to find it. We’ll also tell you the stories behind what you see, and show you how the sky works with easy-to-understand explanations.
So come along, stand in the presence of Zeus, and get your fill of ambrosia.