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The Night of the Shooting Stars

This week, the stars offer you an exceptional spectacle.

The supermoon.

The next supermoon will be visible in the sky on the night of August 12-13. She will rise on Friday, August 12 at 3:36 a.m. (Paris time), to be exact. An event not to be missed for astronomy lovers, especially since it is the last of the year. Indeed, the next supermoon will not occur before August 1, 2023.

Perseid shooting stars.

If you want to observe shooting stars, a sight you never tire of, go to the same place, at the same time. The peak, the moment when there will be the most, will also occur on the night of Friday August 12 to Saturday August 13, according to the International Meteor Organization… The month of August is conducive to observing this phenomenon, but this year it will be a meteor swarm made up of debris from Comet Swift-Tuttle that will put on the show. Specialists speak of a hundred meteors visible each hour blue, green, red a real firework However the brightness of the full moon which sets in on August 12 could affect visibility. However, you can hide the Moon with a tree or a building while looking north.

No danger for the eyes, no need for special equipment! Shooting stars are visible to the naked eye by everyone. No need therefore to take out the binoculars or the telescope, given the high speed at which the fireballs pass through the Earth’s atmosphere (an average of 50 km/second). About a quarter of shooting stars leave visible trails for several seconds. To be able to observe a shower of shooting stars in an optimal way, the sky must not be obscured by light pollution. Stay away from major city centers.

During this time of year, a few planets are also visible, Jupiter will be low in the east and hard to miss, and Saturn will be in the southeast.

Free applications like StarWalk or SkyView have a night mode, which is displayed in red to preserve night vision, and allow you to hold your phone up to the sky, in particular to identify constellations and planets.