Ready to see some shooting stars? Here are a couple fun astronomical tidbits to enjoy this month.
The Perseid Meteor Shower
The Perseid meteor shower occurs every year from about July 23 to August 22, reaching its peak from late August 11 to dawn on August 13. The shower’s “maximum”—when the greatest number of meteors per hour fall—is typically in the pre-dawn hours (when it’s still dark) of August 11, 12, and 13. During this time, the Perseids produce up to 50 meteors per hour!
This year, the Perseids won’t have to compete with the Moon too much, so we should be in for a good show! For the best chance of seeing the meteors, look toward the sky before midnight on August 11, 12, or 13.
Find a dark field or other area with a lot of sky and little light, then look up. (And don’t forget to make a wish!)
Catch the Sturgeon Moon
August’s full Moon, which is traditionally called the Sturgeon Moon, will appear on the nights of Saturday, August 21, and Sunday, August 22! Look southeast after sunset to watch it rise above the horizon.