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“Thunder Moon” and “Delta Aquarius” meteors are the most prominent astronomical phenomena in July

Thursday July 1, 2021 3:55 PM

The National Institute for Astronomical and Geophysical Research revealed the most important astronomical events for the current month of July, most notably the appearance of the thunder moon and the delta aquifers meteor shower.

Ashraf Shaker, head of the astronomy department at the institute, said – in a statement to the Middle East News Agency today, Thursday, that the first of these phenomena will occur the day after tomorrow, Saturday, as Venus is associated with the star crowd, the Beehive, which is located in the Cancer constellation, explaining that it is difficult to see the star crowd the beehive With the naked eye, it requires the use of a small telescope or binoculars.

He added that next Sunday, the planet Mercury will reach its westernmost elongation of 21.6 degrees arc from the sun, which is the best time to view Mercury because it will be at its highest point above the eastern horizon in the early morning sky on this day, noting that on July 8 it will happen. A conjunction between the moon and the planet Mercury, and this conjunction can be observed at dawn on this day.

He explained that on July 10, the new moon (July New Moon) will be born, and on this day the moon rises and sets with the sun at about the same time, so the moon will not be visible in the sky throughout the night, which is the best time of the month to observe faint celestial bodies such as galaxies, star clusters and constellations and distant stars.

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He continued: Among the distinguished astronomical events, the appearance on July 12, “the moon, the planets Venus and Mars” in the sky, and this wonderful scene can be observed immediately after sunset on this day, but on June 13; There will be a conjunction between Venus and Mars, and this conjunction can be observed just after sunset on this day.

He confirmed that the moon will be complete (July Full Moon) – on July 24 – and its brightness on this day will reach 99.8%. This full moon is known to American tribes as (Thunder Moon), and the name comes from the summer storms that occur around the full moon in July.

He added that on this day, he will notice the conjunction of the full moon with the planet Saturn, and then its conjunction with the planet Jupiter on July 25 and they will go hand in hand from the beginning of the night until the arrival of daylight the next day.

He explained that the last astronomical phenomena for the month of July will be on the 28th and 29th, when the sky will be illuminated by the “Delta Aquarius” meteor shower, which is an average meteor shower with the number of meteors reaching 20 per hour.

He pointed out that these meteors are produced by the remnants of the debris of the two comets (Marsden and Kracht) when they enter the Earth’s atmosphere from July 12 to August 23, and reach their peak on the night of 28 and dawn of 29 July.

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He pointed out that the full moon will be a problem this year, as moonlight obscures most of the faint meteors, explaining that the best conditions for watching meteor showers are generally from a dark place far from the city lights after midnight, provided the sky is clear and free of dust and clouds.

Source : Technology: “Thunder Moon” and “Delta Aquarius” meteors are the most prominent astronomical phenomena in July