Starry night, full moon, Perseids: what can we observe in the sky in August 2022?

Showers of shooting stars, full moon, planets… Lift your head in August 2022 to observe the most beautiful astronomical events visible from Earth. And for good reason, the summer season is particularly conducive to observing the sky. Initiates as well as newbies, it is therefore the ideal time to take a moment to enjoy the celestial spectacle and to discover more about our galaxy. To do so, events are being organized across France, starting with the traditional Starry Nights, which will take place from 5 to 7 August 2022. Are you ready to dive into the celestial vault? Let’s go !

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Where can you observe the Starry Night near you?

As every year since 1991, the “nights of the stars” are organized in many parts of the country by the French Astronomical Society. From August 5 to 7, the association invites all astronomy enthusiasts or just the curious to explore the sky to better understand how our galaxy works. On the program: learn to identify and find the stars that shine, observe Jupiter through the eyepiece of a telescope to see its satellites, admire the beautiful rings of Saturn or even the oceans and craters of the moon!

To join the many evenings and events taking place near you this summer, simply go to the AFA website, enter your information and the search engine will show you all the events taking place in your region ! In Paris, if the light pollution is not ideal for stargazing, a “marathon” is still being organized with 20 free observation evenings open to everyone in the capital, from July 8th to September 3rd.

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Which planets will be observable 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 moving into opposition in the constellation of Capricorn on August 14, 2022 will align with the Sun and Earth. At its maximum brightness it will be in perfect viewing conditions and will then be visible all night long. Other planets will also be visible throughout August. But it will sometimes be necessary to be reckless to see them, because it requires staying up late at night or waking up very early in the morning, before sunrise. To avoid the risk of waiting for nothing, it is better to check in advance at an astronomical reference point, the exact time when their visibility will be optimal and the weather of the day. In any case, 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 take place on Friday, August 12, 2022 at 03:36 sharp. It’s the last “supermoon” of the year. The term was popularized by astrologer Richard Nolle in 1979 super moon does not have a scientific purpose. It is commonly used to denote 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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Perseids, a shower of shooting stars to see in August

Do you like to contemplate shooting stars? So you should mark the date of the famous Perseids in your diary, the peak of which is scheduled for the night of August 12-13, 2022, around three in the morning. The meteor shower should offer between 70 and 110 shooting stars per hour for our greatest enjoyment. Where do they come from? This is bright debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle, which crossed Earth’s path from July 17 to August 24. As it enters the Earth’s atmosphere, this comet dust sparkles with a thousand lights, but this year the spectacle may be partially spoiled by the full moon, which will take place on the evening of August 12. But there are no secrets when it comes to observation, the best advice is to arm yourself with patience!

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