Undoubtedly, the summer month (in the northern hemisphere) par excellence for lovers of astronomical events is August. Few phenomena can compete with the majesty of the Perseids. However, in July we have a small aperitif, also in the form of a shower of stars, with the delta aquarids.
Also, as always, we have a full moon with a specific name, which is not due to its color, shape or size, but simply to the legends that revolve around it. It is also useful to know what day we will have a new Moon, as it gives us perfect dark skies to see the faintest stars.
And there is something very curious, which can only be seen in one part of the world, specifically in Manhattan. It is a phenomenon known as manhattanhenge, which occurs when the Sun, just at sunset, aligns with the layout of some of the streets of this New York island.
The shower of stars that marks the astronomical events of July
Like every year, in July the delta aquarids. This is an average meteor shower, with about 20 meteors per hour, coming from the debris of comets. Marsden and Kracht.
It will have its maximum in the nights of July 28 and 29so we can enjoy this astronomical event in full New Moon. That makes this peak the perfect time to see even those little stars that would otherwise go unnoticed while ripping through the sky.
the deer moon
As always, astronomical events feature a full Moon marked by a legend from the native american tribes. In this case it is known as the Stag Moon. This is so because just at that time the males of these mammals began to grow their new antlers. This year will be the July 13 and it will be one more Moon, not a supermoon or anything like that. However, as we always say in astronomical events, there is no ugly full moon.
A curious phenomenon in Manhattan
This year, the manhattanhenge will take place on the 12th. As you have surely imagined, the name is inspired by the famous stonehengea megalithic monument located in England, in which the Sun is aligned with the stones coinciding with the solstices.
In this case, everything is much more urban, since takes place in a part of the city that never sleeps. But, beware, it is not something unique to Manhattan. There are similar phenomena in cities like Toronto and Montreal, in Canada, or Chicago and Baltimore, also in the United States.
It is a curious astronomical event for those who are there, either because it is their place of residence or because they are passing through the big city. As for the rest, we will have to make do with the Photos and continue to look forward to the already close Perseids.