Every night in August can offer a magnificent spectacle, especially with the Perseids reaching their peak. Through these, the Moon could be tinted a reddish color, a classic of this eighth month of the year.
The Moon will rise around 8:48 p.m. on August 3 and set the next morning at 6:22 a.m. It will also reach its peak at 23:59.
In meteorology, the designation “Red Moon” is given priority because of the accumulation of humidity in the atmosphere. Usually, this period also coincides with more stable weather, marked by high pressure weather. Thus, more particles are suspended in the air, reducing its transparency.
It is for these reasons that the Moon is tinged red in August, especially at sunrise and sunset.
That said, the August one traditionally has several names, such as the Sturgeon Moon. At the time, the native tribes, who fished for their survival, caught this species of fish in large numbers in the Great Lakes at this time of summer, hence the name they gave to the full moon.
It is also nicknamed the Moon of Corn, Grain, or Blueberries, especially because of the harvest period.
The season of the Perseids is soon!
The Perseids is one of the most successful meteor showers (and is also among the easiest to observe). At its peak, nearly 60 meteors per hour can be seen.
This year, it is on the night of August 11 to 12 that the chances of seeing the most shooting stars will be the highest, especially between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.
This meteor shower is the vestige of the passage of comet Swift-Tuttle, discovered in 1862.
The presence of the last quarter of the moon, during the evening of August 11, could hinder the observation of meteors. However, the brightest ones will still be easily spotted, and the show shouldn’t be too compromised.
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