Night Sky

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Night sky guide for October 2018

October 1 - M110 well placed for observation. M110, the brightest satellite galaxy of the Andromeda galaxy (M31) will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time. At a declination of +41°41', it...

October 01, 2018

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Night sky guide for September 2018

The Moon will be located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky on September 9. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere. The...

September 01, 2018

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Partial solar eclipse of August 11, 2018

A partial solar eclipse will take place from 06:40 to 12:38 UTC on August 11, 2018. While it will be visible in parts of northeast Canada, Greenland, extreme northern Europe, and northern and eastern Asia, the best place to see it will be northern Russia with 68%...

August 10, 2018

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Night sky guide for August 2018: Partial solar eclipse, Perseid meteor shower

A partial solar eclipse will take place from 06:40 to 12:38 UTC on August 11. It will be visible in parts of northeast Canada, Greenland, extreme northern Europe, and northern and eastern Asia. It will be best seen in northern Russia with 68% coverage. At 09:59 UTC...

August 03, 2018

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Total lunar eclipse of July 27, the longest of 21st century

A total lunar eclipse will take place on July 27, 2018, and be visible throughout most of Europe, Africa, western and central Asia, the Indian Ocean and Western Australia. This will be the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century, lasting 1 hour and 43...

July 26, 2018

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Partial solar eclipse of July 13, 2018

A partial solar eclipse will take place on Friday, July 13, 2018, but will only be visible in extreme southern Australia and Antarctica. This eclipse belongs to Saros 117 and is number 69 of 71 eclipses in the series. All eclipses in this series occur at the...

July 12, 2018

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Night Sky Guide for July 2018 - longest lunar eclipse of 21st century, partial solar eclipse

The Earth's annual orbit around the Sun will carry it to its furthest point from the Sun – its aphelion – on July 6 at a distance of 1.02 AU. This month's New Moon is on July 13, making it the best time of the month to observe faint objects such...

July 01, 2018

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Night Sky Guide for June 2018

The summer of 2018 in the northern hemisphere will officially begin on June 21 with June Solstice at 09:54 UTC. On this day, Earth's North Pole will be tilted toward the Sun, which will have reached its northernmost position in the sky and will be directly over...

June 01, 2018

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Night sky guide for May 2018

Eta Aquariids meteor shower, a strong shower when viewed in the southern tropics, will peak on the night of May 6 and the morning of May 7. While this shower is capable of producing 60 meteors per hour at its peak, the waning gibbous moon will block most of the...

May 03, 2018

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Night sky guide for April 2018

Three meteor showers will mark April 2018, with Lyrids on April 21 and 22 the most promising one. The first quarter moon will set shortly after midnight, leaving dark skies for the what could be a good show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. ...

April 03, 2018

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CZ-3B rocket body re-entry recorded over Paraguay

The body of Chinese Long March 3B rocket, also known as CZ-3B, launched December 10, 2017, re-entered Earth's atmosphere around 05:52 UTC on March 10 over Paraguay, creating a spectacular show. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received just one witness report...

March 12, 2018

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Night sky guide for March 2018

While February had no full moon, March will host two of them - one on March 2 and the second, blue moon, on March 31. The best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere - New Moon - is on...

March 01, 2018

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Partial solar eclipse of February 15, 2018

A partial solar eclipse will be visible in parts of Chile, Argentina and Antarctica on February 15, 2018. The greatest eclipse will take place at 20:52 UTC. The Moon will pass in front of the Sun today, creating a solar eclipse. However, the alignment will not be...

February 15, 2018

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Night sky guide for February 2018 - Partial Solar Eclipse

After super blue blood Moon on January 31, we are heading toward our next celestial event on February 15 when a partial solar eclipse will be visible in parts of Chile, Argentina, and Antarctica. The best time of this month to observe faint objects such as galaxies...

February 01, 2018

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Super blue blood Moon and total lunar eclipse on January 31, 2018

A rare astronomical event will take place on January 31, 2018 - the third in a series of supermoons, the second full moon of the month known as the blue moon and a total lunar eclipse which will make the Moon take on a reddish tint, known as a 'blood moon.'...

January 30, 2018

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Night sky guide for January 2018 - Supermoon, Quadrantids, Blue Moon, Total Lunar Eclipse

A Full Moon Supermoon will take place early January 2 (UTC), Earth will reach perihelion (closest point to the Sun) on January 3 and Quadrantid meteor shower will reach its peak on January 4th. The best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and...

January 01, 2018

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Night sky guide for December 2017

The year ends with the first and last supermoon of the year, the first of 3 over the next 60 days, one royal meteor shower, and December solstice. Hopefully, this year made us all stronger, wiser and ready for what's to come in 2018 and beyond. December 1 -...

December 01, 2017