Monday, August 2, 2021

Perseid meteor shower and other astronomical events in August that you cannot miss

We tell you about the spectacular phenomena that you can see this month.
The month of August has arrived and with this various astronomical events that you cannot miss, such as the famous Tears of San Lorenzo or Perseids, lunar phases and much more. So that you do not miss any, here we leave you the complete list.
Saturn in opposition (August 2)
This day, at 01:01 hours, Saturn can be seen in our sky because it will be closer to planet Earth. This phenomenon occurs when the outer planets align with the Earth and the Sun in a straight line.
Cluster M71 (August 5)
It is believed that the cluster M71 or Arrowhead Cluster is located 11,700 light years from us and that its linear size is only about 25 light years. Around August 5 it will be observable, although binoculars or a small telescope will be needed.
Constellation of the Swan (August 9)
August 9 will be the best time to observe the open cluster M39 or NGC7092 in the constellation Swan.
This star cluster is very large, something like 32 arc minutes, slightly larger than the lunar disk, and is located about 800 light years from us. It is believed to be one of the youngest in our galaxy.
Perseid meteor shower (August 12)
The Perseid meteor shower or Tears of San Lorenzo are active between July 17 and August 24, with their maximum on August 12. The maximum observable rate will be from 2:00 p.m. with 150 meteors per hour.
Globular cluster M2 (August 15)
Around August 15, the globular cluster M2 of the constellation Aquarius makes an appearance. It is about 37,500 light years distant and has a diameter of about 175 light years. It groups about 150 thousand stars and its influence can cover 233 light years.
For most of the night on this date you will already be well placed for observation with binoculars or a small telescope.
Globular cluster M30 (August 17)
Globular cluster M30 (Medusa Cluster) is quite bright, relatively large, and dense. This cluster is located in the constellation of Capricorn, towards the southeastern part of the celestial sphere, and by tonight it will already be well located for observation.
Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn (August 20)
From the sunset of August 20, when we have the conjunction of the Moon and Saturn, and in the early hours of the 21st, when the conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter approaches, these three spectacular celestial objects of our system can be observed solar.
August Full Moon (August 22)
This day the moon will be at a geocentric distance of 389,546 kilometers, with an angular size of 31.5 arc minutes.
Globular cluster M15 (August 24)
The globular cluster M15 or Pegasus Cluster is located about 33,600 light years away, has a diameter of 18 arc minutes and its visual brightness is of magnitude 6.2, so with binoculars or small telescopes it will be visualized as a round nebula.
Photo: National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics.

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