Summer nights are here and whether you are enjoying dinner on the patio, seeing a concert or spending time with friends outside it can be nice to look up at the nights sky to do some star gazing. After seeing the strawberry moon yesterday I thought it would be interesting to know what other astronomical events we have in store for us this summer, so I did some research and a few of the top celestial events happening in the next few months are below.
What is your favorite constellation to look for when star gazing?
July 28th-29th: Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower
This shower can average up to 20 meteors an hour when see from dark locations. It will reach it’s peak late at night on the 28th and early in the morning on the 29th.
August 12th-13th: Perseid Meteor Shower
Producing up to 60 meteors an hour the Perseid Meteor Shower is one of the brightest meteor showers of the year! It occurs every year between July 17th and August 24th, but will peak the night of August 12th and the morning of August 13th.
August 16th: Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
On August 16th Mercury will reach it’s furthest elongation from the sun. This is the best time to see it with the naked eye because it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky.
August 27th: Conjunction and Jupiter and Venus
Look to the western sky just after sunset to see these two neighboring planets appear to be touching even though they are actually several millions of miles apart.
September 1st: Annual Solar Eclipse
Lucky oberservers in parts of Africa will be able to enjoy the annual solar eclipse. A solar eclipse happens when the moon is too far from the earth, so it doesn’t completely cover the disc of the sun which causes a ring of light around the darkened moon.
September 2nd: Neptune at Opposition
Neptune will be at its closest to earth and will be visible for most of the night with a telescope.
September 16th: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
On this day the will Moon pass through the Earth’s outer shadow which will darken the moon slightly. This celestial event will be seen througout most of eastern Europe, eastern Africa, Asia and western Australia.