This Thursday (11), The last supermoon of 2022 can be seen in the sky. Supermoon is a term that astronomers don’t use very often, but it does mean it in practice The moon will appear bigger and brighter than usualbecause it will be close to a file rock bottomwhich is the closest point to the Earth during its orbit.
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The full moon over the bell tower in Cambrai, France, this Thursday (11) August 2022. – Photo: REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol
The giant moon rises behind the “Victor” monument in Belgrade, Serbia, on Thursday, August 11, 2022. – Photo: AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic
Giant moon rising over Istanbul, Turkey – Photo: AP Photo/Khalil Hamra
A view of the August full moon, known as the “full sturgeon moon,” from Porto Alegre, this Thursday, August 11, 2022. – Photo: Evandro Leal/Incuadrar/Estado Contodo
Giant moon rising over Lisbon, Portugal – Photo: AP Photo/Armando Franca
Supermoon appears behind “The Shard” building in London. Photo: AP Photo / Alberto Pezzali
This giant moon in August is known asGiant sturgeonThe name is associated with a time when fish were found in large numbers in the Great Lakes of North America, an enormous group of freshwater lakes between Canada and the United States.
Understand what is Supermoon
This is the third time we will have a supermoon in 2022, according to NASA, the US space agency. The first was Strawberry Supermoon in June and the second was “Deer Supermoon” in July.
NASA explains that for a natural satellite approach to be considered a supermoon, a new moon or full moon must be above 90% of perigee.
“Because we can’t see new supermoons (except when the moon passes in front of the sun and causes eclipses), what really catches the public’s attention are the full supermoons, because they are the biggest and brightest full moons of the year,” the statement says. agency.
To see the great moon, you do not need to use any special equipment. It is enough that the weather conditions are favorable without clouds. A suggestion is to look at the sky right after the moon rises, a time that varies depending on your region and timezone.
The term “supermoon” appeared in 1979 and is not what we would call an “astronomical concept”. It is used outside of academia to refer to the union of perigee with a full moon.. It is not infrequent to appreciate these situations, but it is an excellent opportunity for anyone who wants to start observing the sky.
People sit on top of an old train carriage at night as they watch annual meteor showers from the Perseid River near the Israel-Egypt border in Azuz, southern Israel, on Wednesday (12) – Photo: Amir Cohen/Reuters
Perseids: meteor showers
In the same week as the super sturgeon, The Barshawi meteor shower, which occurs every year, will reach its peak on August 12 and 13.
According to NASA, observers in the Northern Hemisphere will be able to see this phenomenon, which typically results in 50 to 100 “meteors” (meteors) per hour at their peak. But this year, and precisely because of the moon, the intensity of meteor showers will be reduced, with a maximum of 20 expected every hour.
This is because the brightness of the full moon, which lasts until next Saturday (13), will overshadow the viewers’ view.
In the southern hemisphere, which includes Brazil, Perseidas will be best visible in the cities of the north and northeast of the country.
Watching the phenomenon is also not necessary space equipment, but the dark environment facilitates observation.
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