Launch of the last supermoon, meteor shower and lunar mission in August!

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In August, we will have the last Supermoon of the year, in addition to a meteor shower and the launch of a long-awaited space mission.

The month of August has some great astronomical surprises in store for us! we will have the last supermoon of the yeara meteor shower the most awaited of the winter, one of the planets of our solar system at maximum brightness and also the long-awaited launch of the next lunar mission. Prepare your schedule for the month and we will give you all the details of these events!

Last Super Moon of the year!

This year’s Supermoons season will end in August, with the third and final Super Moon of 2022 occurring on the second Thursday of the monthAugust 11.

Supermoon of July 2022 photographed in the city of San Francisco, California, United States.

After the series of super moons in June, July and August this year, the next one won’t happen again until July 3, 2023. So if you missed a Super Moon or don’t want to wait that long to see another, set an alarm for that day!

Perseid meteor shower

Every year we have a series of meteor showers, each coming from a corner of our spatial field of vision, so the different names. Some are more expected than others, mainly because of the meteor rate per hour: the higher it is, the more shooting stars will cross the sky in a short time!

On the night of August 11, we will see the simultaneous occurrence of the last Super Moon of 2022 and the peak of the Perseid meteor shower!

One of the most anticipated rains of the year is the Perseid meteor showerWhat in perfect conditions it can boast of 100 meteors per hour! However, the bad news is that even if the Perseid shower offers us such a high number of meteors per hour, we will not be able to fully contemplate it, because the The peak of the meteor shower will occur on the night of August 11-12same night that the Super Moon will occur!

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most anticipated of the year, especially for observers in the Northern Hemisphere.

Although it may be amazing to contemplate two astronomical shows in the same nightthis simultaneous occurrence can interfere with the appreciation of the meteor shower. Supermoon Brightness Could Dramatically Reduce Number Of Visible Shooting Starsbut some should be bright enough to see!

Planet Saturn in maximum brightness

For planet hunters in the night sky, this month the planet saturn will return to the sky in style! The planet will be brighter than any other time of year and visible all night, including dusk! No telescope is needed to detect Saturn, but it will be the best time to use a telescope to see the planet and its famous rings.

About once a year, Saturn encounters opposition. This is the point in orbit where the planet appears opposite the sun from Earth’s perspective, at this same point the planet also happens to be closest to Earth, what makes Saturn brighter and easier to observe! This year, the planet will reach opposition on august 14.

Launch of the Artemis I mission

The long-awaited first step Artemis programof NASA, must finally take place in August! The launch of Artemis I is scheduled for August 29.

The Artemis I mission is an unmanned mission whose goals are to test Orion spacecraft systems in a spaceflight environment and ensure safe travel. Orion is the capsule that will house the crew of astronauts heading to the Moon on the program’s next mission, Artemis II. THE the mission should last about 42 days with a return to Earth date scheduled for October 10.

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