When you think of a summer night, does the following image not come to your head ?: a meadow, the silence, the perfume of the night field, a soft breeze and the dark sky strewn with stars? There above, in the sky, the cosmos are grouped, moulded and transformed to delight humanity, waiting here below. What happens to the light years of our planet is extraordinary, yet it is common that we usually ignore it, as our attention is diverted elsewhere to events that take place on land. Why not grab your picnic basket ladies and take your beloved with you to witness these amazing phenomenas!
For a magical, unique and interstellar night, summer is the key. Fortunately, August is soon coming to an end, so, here at Zankyou, we present to you the great astronomical phenomenas’ that will take place during the eighth month of the year, with a surprise for mid-September.
Partial lunar eclipse
First of all, what is a lunar eclipse? It is the phenomenon by which the Earth interposes between the Sun and the Moon, blocking the first rays that the sun projects on our beloved satellite. The three celestial bodies have to be totally or partially aligned and, in this way, cause a cone of shadow to bathe the Moon and even to get a reddish hue. And, very important: It only occurs during the phase of the full moon.
The astronomical event will take place on August 7 and will be enjoyed by the countries of Central Asia and those surrounded by the Indian Ocean, although a good part of Europe will be able to attend the show too.
Tears of San Lorenzo
Also known as Perseids, this meteor shower will raze the sky uninterruptedly throughout the night from 12th to 13th August. Although its strong point will be at 6 pm (Peninsular time), when it is still dark, we will continue to see how the sky cries beautifully with this festival of tears.
This rain of stars is an event repeated annually and ideal to discover how the beauty of the world sometimes escapes the human understanding. And we are talking about 100 meteors per hour that will draw the sky with incredible beams as well as ephemeral, visible from any point on our beloved planet. Therefore, choose a clear and secluded space, without environmental or light pollution, and tune with nature in all its forms.
Total Eclipse of the Sun
To continue with our class of Astronomy, what is a solar eclipse? In this case, the Moon is placed in front of the Sun and, in perspective, ends up covering all its rays, which can not follow its path to Earth.
This solar eclipse is one of the astronomical events of the year since it does not occur very often. The phenomenon will be reflected in our sky on August 21st, a date that you should mark in the diary if you want a taste one of the great phenomenons of the universe. And the citizens of the United States and Central America will have the best vision of this, although other places, including the Iberian Peninsula, will be able to observe the partial hiding of the Sun by the Moon. It will be around 20:45 (Peninsular hour), just when the night begins to eat the rays of light.
To observe perfectly and without problems, this phenomenal stamp, remember to do it with suitable glasses. Incorrect use of binoculars or telescopes can cause eye damage, including blindness! It is not difficult to find a solution to observe this solar eclipse.
Planetary Conjunction of Mars and Mercury
Another incredible and unusual event, will be the conjunction of Mars and Mercury that we will witness on September 16th. Both planets will unite practically in the sky and will be appreciated as two points of light more luminous than the stars. In addition, coinciding with the end of the night, when the dawn is about to make its appearance and begin to disappear, the presence of the stars will be more evident. Although the time is not the best time to stay awake, the astronomical event is definitely worth it! It is surely a unique moment!
So, ladies and gentlemen, arm yourself with a telescope for some of these celebrated events and serve your eyes on many of the others. But the important thing is to be well accompanied and feel that, indeed, the universe has many surprises with which to leave us speechless. Heaven is at our service to enjoy it.