Fond of stargazing? If yes then next some weeks are a stroke of celestial luck for you. And if not then just go for it in the next two and three weeks, you will definitely wait for the next best moment when you can gaze the sky and it offers you one of the wonders of the planet. 2019 brought some auspicious night to you which will be studded with ‘Black Moon’, falling stars and the Milky Way at the same time. On top of it, the next two weekends are free of moonlights which will eventually increase the significance of these celestial occurrences.
Black Moon occurs in every 32 months. When in a single month we see two new moons then the second New Moon termed as a Black Moon. This July has only 29 days between two New Moon. Among them, the first was witnessed on July 2 while the other one will be there on July 31, at 11:12 p.m. ET. Though the July’s Black Moon is only for North Americans and for others it will be available on Friday, August 30 as in the rest of the world after 2nd July the New Moon will occur on 1st August.
With Black Moon, this will also be a great time to gaze ‘Milky Way’. In summer our planet remains tilted towards the Milky way which makes it possible to witness it easily. August 2019 is one of a great time to notice the Galactic Center from the northern hemisphere. From about 10 PM, just go in a dark place like a national park that simply means away from light pollution. Give some time to your eyesight to adjust in the dark place. And yes, you are ready to have the view over your head.
Year’s Best Shooting Star
This is no less than a blessing that you are going to see ‘Black Moon’, the Milky Way and Shooting Stars at one go. This July end is the peak time for the Southern Delta Aquariids meteor shower. Not many but from 15 to 20 shooting stars per hour can easily be witnessed there up to your head. On one side they will be brighter than usual and on others, the lack of moonlight will help a lot. Mid-August is a peak time for the year’s best, the Perseids meteor shower. That means July end is also bringing you a chance to have a look of some early shooting stars from this year’s best shower.
Best Nights For Stargazing
Just a simple secret, less moonlight will only bring you the best stargazing moments. Go for a 10-night window when the moonlight is very dull. About a week before New Moon and about three days after that are those countable nights. To be exact July 25 through August 3 are the ideal date for stargazing.