August 21st New Moon
New Moon The new moon occurs on August 21st, and though it is not a great spectacle, the darker sky provides perfect conditions for stargazing. With no light from the moon, the night of August 21stmeans you can spot even the furthest stars and galaxies, and spot the constellations easily. A telescope will help you view the least brightest.
August 21st Partial Solar Eclipse
To have both a lunar and solar eclipse in the same month is extremely rare, and though in the UK we won’t be able to see a full eclipse of either phenomenon, we will still have a partial view. At around 8 pm on August 21st, the moon will move between the sun and the earth. The best place to see the eclipse is again North America; the four percent of the moon covering the sun we will get in England may well go unnoticed. However, NASA will be broadcasting the event live, so we still won’t miss out on the amazing event.
Frequently Asked Questions About Meteor Showers
Meteors also called shooting stars are frozen dust and rock debris that makes up a comet’s tail. As the debris passes through the Earth’s upper atmosphere at 90,000 miles an hour, it burns up. This debris can be visible from Earth as a meteor, and very rarely, the debris falls to the surface in the form of meteorites.
Comets pass by the Earth regularly, leaving behind debris from their tails and the meteor showers that are produced have become annual events, such as Perseid and Delta Auarid.
The place in the sky where a meteor appears is called a radiant. The showers are named after constellations or a star in the area of the night sky where the radiant appears, for example, Perseids are named for the constellation Perseus.
It is not just moonlight that can block views of the showers, as lights can ruin your view too. The ideal location would be in the countryside or a park with no light pollution. Some locations in the UK have been awarded Dark Sky status too, making them the perfect place for going stargazing this month. These are Brecon Beacons National Park, Cairngorms National Park, Exmoor National Park, Lake District National Park, Northumberland National Park, North York Moors National Park, Peak District National Park, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, South Downs National Park, Snowdonia National Park and Yorkshire Dales National Park.Click Here…