Full Sturgeon Moon
Mark your calendars: The biggest full moon of the summer, known as the Full Sturgeon Moon, will be out on August 10. Its name is thought to come from Native American fishing tribes, who could most easily catch the large fish during this time. As this full moon rises, it may appear to have a reddish hue.
Delta Aquarid and Perseids Meteor Showers
The Delta Aquarid meteor shower will be raining down from mid-July to late August near the Aquarius constellation. On a dark night, gazers can watch up to 20 meteors per hour streak across the sky. If you’re in the northeast, catch the Perseids Meteor Shower, which produces up to 60 meteors per hours and will reach its peak on August 13 and 14 after midnight near the constellation Perseus.
Spot specific stars and constellations easily with a printed star chart or an app like The Night Sky; a few of the season’s highlights include the Summer Triangle, a trio of stars directly above that are some of the brightest in the sky. Look for the constellation Scorpius, the scorpion, low in the southern sky with its reddish star, Antares, at its heart. On either side of Scorpius are zodiac constellations Sagittarius, shaped like a teapot, and Libra, which resembles a kite. You can also gaze to the north to see Cassiopeia and Hercules.