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Perseids Meteor Shower & Blue Moon: Main Guests Of August's Celestial Spectacle

This August 2021, the sky will give us a unique celestial spectacle with the most active meteor shower of the year and a Blue Moon.

As we move deeper into the second half of the year, astronomical events are gaining momentum. One of the most active and brightest meteor showers occurs this month. Immerse yourself in the cosmos and get updated with the astronomical spectacles we'll be able to enjoy this August 2021. Don't forget that turning to the sky is also a way to look inward and stay connected.

August 2: Saturn at Opposition

Whenever Saturn is positioned on the ecliptic it offers an amazing spectacle, as it's the right time to get out the telescopes and take a closer look at the peculiar planet. This will be the best time to see and photograph Saturn and its moons. A medium-sized or larger telescope will allow you to see Saturn's rings and some of its brightest moons. In addition, the planet will be close to Earth and will be illuminated by the Sun.

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August 12 and 13: Perseids Meteor Shower

When it comes to meteor showers, there are two times of the year that all lovers of cosmic observation look forward to. One of them will happen in August when the Perseids parade across the sky and flood the firmament with their great flashing activity.

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The Perseids is one of the main meteor showers of the year, along with the Leonids. They reach a maximum activity of up to 60 flashes per hour at their peak. It goes from July 17 to August 24, although its maximum splendor will happen between the night of August 12 and the early morning of August 13. The Moon's position will favor the spectacle; it will be in a crescent phase making the sky darker for the astronomical event. The best viewing will be from a dark place after midnight. 

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August 19: Jupiter at Opposition 

The giant gas planet, Jupiter, will be at its closest point to Earth, while the Sun lightens it intensely. This is the ideal moment to observe the largest planet in the Solar System, as well as its four moons in the distance. Although you'll require observational instruments, such as telescopes, to fully appreciate the latter. However, thanks to the immense brightness of the planet, the spectacle will elevate the cosmic beauty of the gas giant.

August 22: Blue Moon

It represents the fourth Full Moon of the season, which is why it is called a Blue Moon. Normally, there are only three full moons in each season of the year, although there are rare occasions when there are four of these.  This rare event will happen in August 2021.

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These events will be a great opportunity to reconnect with the cosmos and appreciate its sublime beauty.

Text courtesy of Ecoosfera

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