Meteor showers and double eclipse on Jupiter, the celestial show continues in August

After the alignment of seven planets, partially visible to the naked eye, in July 2022, the night show continues in August with meteor showers and a double eclipse on Jupiter thanks to two of its satellites Io and Ganymede

July 2022 had already delighted astronomy enthusiasts with thealignment of seven planets of our solar system and the Moon. A phenomenon that will not happen again before 2124. Then, the thunderous supermoon of July 13 was observed from Earth.

We have discovered the fantastic shots of james webb (JWST). The space telescope, now located 1.5 million kilometers from Earth, has revealed images of the depths of the Universe.

August is also not without interest with a whole host of events to watch for.

With or without a telescope, in August we can observe showers of shooting stars with two highlights: the perseids August 12 with 100 meteors per hour at the zenith around 7:52 p.m. And the stream of shooting stars kappa cygni and 18 August towards 10pm19

To observe meteor showers and other celestial phenomena, don’t miss the August 5, 6 and 7, 2022, the star nights

In the Grand Est, several places welcome you (The map of France is available on the site ) :

  • the Lorraine Astronomy Society on August 6. from 3:00 p.m. to 11:59 p.m. at the Saxon-Sion site
  • Epinal planetarium, don 05/08/2022 and 07/08/2022
  • The Pays de Sarrebourg Astronomy Club, from 08/05/2022 at 8:00 p.m. to 08/06/2022 at 1:00 a.m.
  • Nemesis, Saverne astronomy association from 08/05/2022 at 9:00 p.m. to 08/07/2022 at 1:00 a.m.
  • The Strasbourg Planetarium from 08/05/2022 to 08/15/2022
  • Association la Grande Ourse in Buding (Moselle) from 08/05/2022 at 14:00 to 08/06/2022 at 1:00
  • The Reims Planetarium from 08/05/2022 at 21:00 to 08/06/2022 at 00:00

Don’t miss the double eclipse of Jupiter in the night from August 8 to 9, 2022 between 02:00 and 06:00.. here is one simulation what can be seen from a telescope:

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Simulation of the double eclipse expected on Jupiter for the night of August 8 to 9, 2022 between 02:00 and 06:00. Io and Ganymede will cast two shadows on Jupiter.

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The show will start around two in the morning with the shadows of the two satellites passing over Jupiter

Marc Kaschminski, T83 Côtes-de-Meuse Astronomical Observatory

At the Meuse, in Vigneulles-lès-Hattonchâtel, it will be possible to attend this show from midnight to midnight by booking with a amateur observatorywhich has one of the largest European telescopes open to the public. bagasse Kaschminskyan astronomy enthusiast for over 40 years, he regularly opens his giant telescope, for a modest fee, for the benefit of the public. A telescope that he himself built for ten years and that is at the bottom of his garden.

On the night of August 8-9, he will be up there with his eyes screwed on his telescope to see the show: I and Ganymedetwo of Jupiter’s satellites will cast their shadows on the planet. He tells us:The show will start around two in the morning with the shadows of the two satellites passing over Jupiter. The phenomenon is not rare. But it usually takes place when it is daytime on Earth. It is difficult to observe it. There, it will be dark. The conditions will be perfect.“.

Pour bagasse Kaschminsky Jupiter is one of the most fascinating planets.It is a beautiful planet. Its satellites are interesting, Europe, one of Jupiter’s moons, is covered by a thick layer of ice under which there could be an ocean. There’s also Io and its very active volcanism. I imagine that in the future Jupiter will undoubtedly be visited by Man“.

Look reportage held at the observatory of the coasts of the Meuse for the nights of the stars in 2019.

Other events will be visible to the naked eye a little later as Jupiter on September 26 will be at opposition. This means that the Earth will be aligned between the sun and the planet, which makes it easier to see. On December 8, 2022, it will be Mars’ turn to be in opposition.

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