The full moon in August will not let you see the Perseids, but there are many astronomical events just around the corner

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This year the full Moon will prevent us from seeing the most important meteor shower of the year (in the northern hemisphere), the Perseids, on its days of greatest intensity. Even so, we can enjoy a multitude of astronomical events. Here are the closest.


the supermoon
The same Moon that will prevent us from seeing the Perseids will be worth admiring. It will happen on August 12 and will reach its fullness at 3:36 in the morninga, peninsular time (CET). Due to its proximity to the earth during those days, August’s can be considered a supermoon, so we can enjoy a larger and brighter full moon than usual.

The full moon of August receives the curious name of “sturgeon moon” in some places. This is nothing special at an astronomical level, but it is already part of the cultural heritage that these moons receive these curious names. It also receives the names of Luna del Maíz and del Lince.

Saturn will be in opposition.
will happen on August 14, and it will be a great opportunity to see the gas giant and its most prominent feature: its rings. This day the Earth and Saturn will be at the shortest distance throughout the year, as a consequence of this, in addition to the proximity, the sunlight will better illuminate the ringed planet.

Both the planet and its largest moons, and of course the rings, will be visible All night long. A medium-sized telescope will suffice for this set. There will be a problem, yes, and it is the same as that of the Perseids: The Moon will be too bright.

The August supermoon is going to compete with the Perseids for our sky.  It's an unequal fight

The Perseids (yes, the Perseids).
The days of greatest activity of this meteor shower will be marked by the presence of the full Moon, but this phenomenon actually occurs over a much longer period of time. We can meet some of the “tears of San Lorenzo” well after the day of the saint from Huesca, until the end of August.

Mercury at its greatest eastern elongation.
This is one of the times of the year when Mercury will be most visible: it will be at its greatest eastern elongation, at 27.3 degrees from the Sun. This means that it will be at its highest point above the horizon. The day August 27th Mercury should be visible to the west shortly after nightfall (a little before 9 p.m. CET).

The night of the 27th will also coincide with the new Moon. This phase will reach its climax at 10:17 CET (08:17 UTC). It will also imply a great opportunity to see the stars, including the fleeting ones like the Perseids that will still haunt our skies.

September full moon.
This will be the first astronomical event of September, on the 10th. The full moon of September is called “harvest moon” and is the closest to the autumnal equinox (the 23rd of the month). It will reach its peak of the day (at 11:59 CET), so it will not be observable from Spain, which does not mean that we cannot enjoy the full moon.

Neptune at opposition.
The September 16, although we will need a powerful telescope to see it. This day Neptune and Earth will be closer together during the year. As it happens in August with Saturn, this also means that Neptune will be well illuminated by the Sun from our perspective.

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This year the full Moon will prevent us from seeing the most important meteor shower of the year (in the…

This year the full Moon will prevent us from seeing the most important meteor shower of the year (in the…

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