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August 5, 2017: See The Perseids And . . . A Sturgeon?!

Perseid Meteors

This time of summer is perfect to start looking up at night; the stargazing is amazing! We've got a few celestial events happening that are worth breaking out the telescope for (but don't worry - no telescope is required!). 

The Perseid Meteor Shower is visible from July 17 to August 24 this year, with its peak August 12. This will be the prime time to catch the shower, but if you can't catch it on that night, it's still a sight to behold. Space.com has a great feature about the shower (and it makes them so cool). Just make sure to get away from the city lights! 

Space.com also wrote an article about the Full Sturgeon Moon, occurring Monday, August 7.The history behind the name is intriguing. An August full moon is called a Sturgeon Moon because the fish is caught at that time of the year. For us in the United States, this will be a fairly standard full moon, which is pretty neat. But many of our international readers will be treated with a partial lunar eclipse! 

So look toward the skies in the coming days!

-- Hunter Shelburne


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