Holidays 2022: planets, stars, supermoon, Perseids… where and when to observe the sky this summer?

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Observing the sky and the stars is the dream of many people. So we went to find for you the unmissable dates for this summer, the most pleasant places to observe the sky in the region and various appointments to understand the Universe that surrounds us.

Summer is a perfect time to practice astronomy. The sky is clear, the nights are warm and the astronomical phenomena are numerous, all these are good reasons to spend the night outdoors stargazing.

A summer rich in natural phenomena

In June 2022 there was a “great alignment of the planets” but it was not the only phenomenon observable in the sky this summer. So keep your eyes wide open because there are a lot of dates.

First of all, starting on Wednesday, July 13, you will be able to see the large moon. Our night star will then be closer to Earth and it will be possible to see it bigger and brighter than ever. To observe it in the best conditions, you have to wait for clear weather and get as far away as possible from the light pollution of big cities.

This year the most famous night ofShooting Stars will take place again in August. The Perseid meteor shower will be visible from July 20 to August 25, with activity peaking on the night of August 12-13. No telescope or binoculars will be necessary, you just have to keep your eyes glued to the sky because they move at almost 50 km/second.

Finally, for the best equipped, on Saturday, July 16, they will have to take out the telescope to observe a conjunction (the union of two celestial objects) between saturn and the moon. On July 19 it will slide just below Jupiter and finally on July 26 it will be Venus which will be below our natural satellite. Finally, on August 14, it will be possible to observe Saturn closest to Earth and I hope to distinguish these rings.

Occitania, the dream place for astronomers

Occitania is one of the regions where admiring the stars is easier. In fact, it houses two of the three international dark sky reserves recognized in France: the cévennes national park Y the Pic du Midi de Bigorre. The Cévennes National Park is also the largest international dark sky reserve in Europe.

You can also stargaze at the many observatories and planetariums region of. For example Planet Tarn in Montredon-Labessonnie it will give you access to a 410mm telescope and a planetarium room. You can also spend the night in Astronario of Aniane sleep under the stars in a transparent dome and take part in sky-gazing evenings. You also can visit Jolimont Observatory in Toulouse and attend conferences and visits

Events you can’t miss

the space city in Toulouse organizes a series of activities throughout the summer to interest young and old in the wonderful world of astronomy. Starting on Tuesday, July 12, you will be able to attend a live explanation of the first images of james webb and better understand the challenge of this new scientific advance. On Friday, August 5, you can participate in the night of the stars until midnight.

Finally for more than 30 years the Fleurance Astronomy Festival in the Gers it takes place from August 5 to 12. Once again you will be able to learn a little more about the Universe with a large number of conferences, activities and observations of the sky with scientists.

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