August Supermoon and Perseids, the celestial battle for summer nights


    August Supermoon and Perseids, the celestial battle for summer nights

    August starts with nights It is very hot throughout the Peninsula, which prevents falling asleep unless it is with good air conditioning or a fan. With the consequent energy cost.

    But it also brings important astronomical phenomenawith which to alleviate this effect and take beautiful night walks, as long as light pollution allows it.

    If this is the case, you are still in time to see two showers of stars that began in July: the Alpha Capricornids (ending on the 15th) and the Delta Aquarids (ending on the 23rd).

    < h3>Perseids and supermoon

    And there is also the meteor showerof the Perseids -also known as tears of St. LorenzoDue to its proximity to the maximum of the meteor shower on August 10, the day of the festivity of the Spanish martyr of the same name, and the August supermoon , also called a Sturgeon Moon.

    The term supermoon was coined in 1979 and is used today to describe what astronomers think about it. nomos would call a perigee full moon, that is, a full moon that occurs near or at the time the Moon is full. at its closest point in orbit around the Earth.

    A supermoon occurs when the moon's orbit is nearer. closest (perigee) to Earth at the same time it is full. For this reason, it is slightly brighter and larger than a normal full moon, according to the US space agency (NASA).

    Third and last of the year

    According to the astronomical calendar, the eighth full moon of 2022 will be the night of August 12, and it will be also the third and last supermoon of the year, after the strawberry one -which was on June 14- and the deer moon -on July 13 last-.

    The moon of the sturgeon observe the night of Thursday 11 to Friday 12. And it coincides with the peak of the Perseids –the nights of August 11 to 13, when between 80 and 200 shooting stars per hour can be observed.

    The last supermoon of this 2022 is called the sturgeon, which is the time when the natives of The United States fished more easily for this large fish in the country's large rivers and lakes.

    As if that were not enough, on August 12 also will occur a conjunction between the Moon and Saturn.

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