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Partial lunar eclipse to the Perseids meteor shower - see spectacular astronomical displays this August

August will arguably be one of the best months of the year for sky-watchers 

Do you see yourself as the next Patrick Moore ? Or do you have more in common with ancient polymath Ptolemy?

Well, here's your chance to bring out your inner astronomist because our good friends over at Cornwall Live have put together a handy little list of some amazing events that are happening in the sky this August.

This month is set to be one of the best months of the year for sky-watchers across the world,with five stand-out events set to light up the atmosphere.

There will be two, eclipses, a meteor shower bringing up to 60 shooting stars every hour and some incredible moons.

And while some of the events - including the eclipses - won't be prime viewing for us here in the UK, make sure you don't miss out by checking out what you need to know below.

August 7 – The Full Sturgeon Moon

The full August moon(Image: Hannah Maltwood/Surrey Mirror)

According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, the August full moon was nicknamed The Full Sturgeon Moon in America as it symbolised the perfect time of year to fish for sturgeons in the many lakes across the country.

August 7 – Partial Lunar Eclipse

Unfortunately we can only see some of the full lunar eclipse(Image: Hannah Maltwood/Surrey Mirror)

A lunar eclipse happens when the Earth is directly between the sun and the full moon.

According to website www.alphr.com , millions of people in the USA will be able to see the rare phenomenon of a total lunar eclipse.

Unfortunately, here in London we won't be lucky enough to see the full spectacle - but we will be we should still be able to spot part of the incredible display.

Providing weather conditions are good, keen sky-watchers will be able to see the partial eclipse between 7.30pm and 8pm.

The website also states that NASA will broadcast a three-hour live stream of the event for those of us who will not be able to see it first hand.

The live stream will air between 6pm and 9pm on NASA TV.

August 11 to August 12 – Perseids Meteor Shower

A shooting star from the Perseid Meteor Shower(Image: Hannah Maltwood/Surrey Mirror)

The Perseids Meteor Shower is one of the most famous meteor showers in the world and is known for producing a high amount of bright meteors.

The shower has been running for the past couple of weeks and can be seen between July 17 and August 24.

But the best time to view the amazing display is on the night of August 11 and in the early hours of August 12.

The best way to view the natural show will be by heading to a dark location away from light pollution in the early hours of August 12.

August 21 – The New Moon

A new moon at sunset(Image: Hannah Maltwood/Surrey Mirror)

The new moon will rise on August 21 and while the monthly cycle is not a great spectacle, it does mean there will be perfect conditions for sky watching.

With no light from the moon, August 21 will be the best time to spot the sights that are even further away, including galaxies and star clusters.

August 21 – Partial Solar Eclipse

A partial solar eclipse(Image: Hannah Maltwood/Surrey Mirror)

To have both a lunar eclipse and a solar eclipse in the same month is incredibly rare.

While we won't be able to see a full eclipse of either of the phenomena, we will be able to see part of it.

At around 8pm on August 21, the moon will move between the sun and the earth. The best place to see this will be in North America, which will experience it's first full solar eclipse for more than 50 years.

Here in England we can only expect to see a very small part of the eclipse, but it will be so small that it may go unnoticed altogether.

From here only around 4% of the sun will be covered by the moon – but never fear, because if you don't want to miss out on the incredible event, NASA will be bringing it to world, live.

The broadcast will include images taken by 11 spacecraft, at least three NASA aircraft, more than 50 high-altitude balloons and the astronauts who are currently orbiting the Earth on the International Space Station.

You can find out more about the lunar and solar eclipse on NASA's website.

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