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night sky guide july 2017

Night sky guide for July 2017

The Earth's annual orbit around the Sun will carry us to our furthest point from the Sun - aphelion - at a distance of 1.02 AU on July 3. Technically speaking, this marks the moment when the Sun appears smaller in the sky than at any other time of year, and when...

July 01, 2017

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Night sky guide for June 2017

Although meteorologists often take summer/winter to start on June 1, northern hemisphere's summer and southern hemisphere's winter will officially begin on June 21 with June Solstice at 04:15 UTC. The Moon will reach its full phase at 13:11 UTC on June 9....

June 01, 2017

night sky guide may 2017

Night sky guide for May 2017

May 2017 brings us Eta Aquarids, an above average meteor shower capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak, in the southern hemisphere. The waxing gibbous moon, however, will block out many of the fainter meteors this year. The Moon will be located...

May 01, 2017

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Long-lasting fireball over Florida

A long-lasting fireball was seen over Florida around 03:52 UTC on April 26, 2017 (23:52 EDT on April 25). The event lasted up to 20 seconds. The American Meteor Society received 46 reports by 17:35 UTC. Five witnesses reported sound associated with the event while...

April 26, 2017

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New phenomenon discovered in the night sky

A new phenomenon seen as a giant purple streak of light in the night sky has been recently discovered and, for lack of a better word, named Steve. Steve was discovered thanks to scientists, citizen scientists, ground-based imagers and ESA's magnetic field Swarm...

April 21, 2017

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Jupiter at opposition, closest to Earth in 2017

Planet Jupiter is at opposition on April 7, 2017, meaning that the Sun, Earth and Jupiter will form a straight line. At around the same time that Jupiter passes opposition (21:28 UTC), it also makes its closest approach to the Earth in 2017. By midnight (local...

April 07, 2017

night sky guide 2017 april

Night sky guide for April 2017

April brings us three meteor showers - Virginids on April 12th, Lyrids on the 22nd and 23rd and Alpha Schorpiids on the 28th. The Moon will present minimal interference for Lyrids and Alpha Scorpiids. On April 1, Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresák is making...

April 01, 2017

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Night sky guide for March 2017

The Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world - March equinox - on March 20. This is the first day of spring (vernal equinox) in the northern hemisphere and the first day of fall (autumnal...

March 01, 2017

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Annular solar eclipse of February 26, 2017

An annular solar eclipse will take place on February 26, 2017, creating a ring of light around the darkened Moon as the Moon will be too far away from the Earth to completely cover the Sun. This is the first of two eclipses in 2017 and comes just 7 months before the...

February 22, 2017

penumbral lunar eclipse of february 11 2017

Penumbral lunar eclipse of February 11, 2017

A very deep penumbral lunar eclipse will take place on February 11, 2017, with the greatest eclipse at 00:45 UTC. It will be visible throughout most of eastern South America, eastern Canada, the Atlantic Ocean, Europe, Africa, and western Asia. Penumbral eclipses...

February 09, 2017

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Night sky guide for February 2017

A penumbral lunar eclipse will take place at 00:45 UTC on February 11. Although the Moon's light dims considerably during a penumbral eclipse, this is only perceptible to those with very astute vision, or in carefully controlled photographs. The eclipse will be...

February 01, 2017

Night sky guide january 2017

Night sky guide for January 2017

January 2017 hosts one of the most intense annual meteor showers - the Quadrantids, known for producing spectacular fireballs. The timing favors western parts of North America and islands across the Pacific. The peak of Quadrantids is brief, typically lasting no...

January 02, 2017

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Skywatchers alert: Geminid meteor shower to peak on December 13 and 14

The Geminid meteor shower will reach its peak on December 13 and 14, 2016. Despite the bright supermoon falling on the same dates, the numerous and bright Geminids are still expected to provide the skywatchers with a spectacular show. The Geminid meteor shower is...

December 09, 2016

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Final supermoon of the year to shine bright on December 14

The third and final supermoon of the year is approaching. The full moon will shine on December 14, 2016, near the Taurus constellation, and remain visible throughout most of the night. The Moon will reach its full phase on December 14, at 00:07 UTC. At the time, it...

December 07, 2016

Night Sky Guide December 2016

Night sky guide for December 2016

The last of three supermoons for this year will occur on December 14. Over the nights following December 14, the Moon will rise around an hour later each day, becoming prominent later in the night. Within a few days, it will only be visible in the pre-dawn and...

December 01, 2016

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Super full moon of November 14, the closest since 1948

A super full moon event will take place on November 14, 2016, at 13:53 UTC. The moon will be the largest and closest to our planet since January 26, 1948. This month's full moon is taking place unusually close to the time of the month when it also makes it...

November 09, 2016

Night Sky Guide TW November 2016

Night sky guide for November 2016

This month’s Full Moon - the second of three supermoons in 2016 - will be the largest and closest to Earth since January 26, 1948. It won't come this close again until November 25, 2034. Out of three meteor shower peaks for the month, only Southern Taurids...

November 01, 2016