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Wolf Moon Eclipse 2020: First of this year's four penumbral lunar eclipses

Stargazers all over the world may want to look outside on Friday night, January 10, 2020, to get a glimpse of the Wolf Moon-- the first Full Moon of the year which will look different from those in previous months. The penumbral lunar eclipse will last for a little...

January 09, 2020

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2020 Quadrantid Meteor Shower peaks around 08:00 UTC on January 4

Quadrantid Meteor Shower is predicted to peak at around 08:20 UTC on January 4, 2020, favoring observers in North America. The first-quarter moon will set shortly after midnight, leaving fairly dark skies for what could be, weather permitting, a good show this year....

January 03, 2020

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Night Sky Guide for January 2020

January 3 - Moon at First Quarter - 04:46 UTC. The Moon will be prominent in the evening sky, setting around midnight. At this time in its monthly cycle of phases, it appears almost exactly half illuminated. January 4 - Quadrantid Meteor Shower. This is an...

January 03, 2020

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2019 Geminid meteor shower peaks under nearly full moon

The Geminid meteor shower is expected to peak on December 14, 2019. At its peak, the shower can produce up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour. However, the Moon will be only 4 days past full phase at the shower's peak, presenting significant interference...

December 12, 2019

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Night Sky Guide for December 2019

December 2 - Pheonicid meteor shower. The Pheonicid meteor shower is active from November 28 to December 9, producing its peak rate of meteors around December 2. Over this period, there will be a chance of seeing Pheonicid meteors from anywhere where the...

December 02, 2019

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Meteor storm predicted for November 22

An outburst of alpha Monocerotid meteor shower is predicted to occur at around 04:50 UTC on November 22, 2019. While the source of this meteor shower is an unknown long-period comet, the 2019 outburst prediction is coming from well-known meteor scientists Esko...

November 20, 2019

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2019 Mercury transit across the Sun

Skywatchers around the world witnessed a rare celestial event on November 11, 2019 - planet Mercury moving across the face of the Sun. From the perspective of humans on Earth, Mercury spent 5.5 hours crossing in front of the face of the Sun. This is the last...

November 12, 2019

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Night Sky Guide for November 2019

November 1 - Fornax well placed for observation. Across much of the world, the Fornax dwarf spheroidal galaxy will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time. At magnitude 9.0, Fornax is quite faint, and...

November 01, 2019

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Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight

It's that time of year again when you have the chance to comfortably experience the passage of planet Earth through debris trails left over by Comet Swift-Tuttle. Perseids are considered one of the best meteor showers. They occur every year between July 17 and...

August 12, 2019

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Space debris re-entry over Florida on July 3, 2019

A Chinese CZ3 rocket body entered Earth's atmosphere around 06:16 UTC (02:16 EDT) on July 3, 2019, creating a spectacular show over Florida, U.S. The event lasted about 30 - 40 seconds. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 23 reports by 17:30 UTC from...

July 03, 2019

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Total Solar Eclipse of July 2, 2019

A total solar eclipse will be visible on July 2, 2019, from South Pacific, Chile, and Argentina. The instant of greatest eclipse takes place at 19:22 UTC, 2.4 days before the Moon reaches perigee. During the eclipse, the Sun is in the constellation Gemini. The...

July 01, 2019

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International Astronomical Union concerned about satellite constellations

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has expressed its concern about light pollution posed by an increasing number of satellite constellations in low-Earth orbits (LEO), manly SpaceX's Starlink constellation launched May 23, 2019 - next-generation...

June 05, 2019

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Night Sky Guide for June 2019

June 1 - Conjunction of the Moon and Venus - 18:15 UTC. The Moon and Venus will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 3°14' to the south of Venus. The Moon will be 28 days old. The Moon will be at mag -8.9, and Venus at mag -3.9, both in the...

June 01, 2019

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Night Sky Guide for May 2019

May 2 - Conjunction of the Moon and Venus - 11:41 UTC. The Moon and Venus will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 3°37' to the south of Venus. The Moon will be 27 days old. The Moon will be at mag -9.6 in the constellation Cetus, and Venus...

May 01, 2019

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Night Sky Guide for April 2019

April 1 - M104 well placed for observation. The Sombrero galaxy (M104, NGC 4594) will be well placed for observation. It will reach its highest point in the sky at around midnight local time. At a declination of -11°37', it is easiest to see from the...

April 01, 2019

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Night Sky Guide for March 2019

March 1 - Close approach of the Moon and Saturn - 18:28 UTC. The Moon, 25 days old, and Saturn will make a close approach, passing within 0°18' of each other. The Moon will be at mag -10.8, and Saturn at mag 0.4, both in the constellation Sagittarius. The...

March 01, 2019

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Night Sky Guide for February 2019

February 2 - Close approach of the Moon and Saturn - 07:05 UTC. The Moon and Saturn will make a close approach, passing within 0°37' of each other. The Moon will be 27 days old. The Moon will be at mag -9.5, and Saturn at mag 0.5, both in the constellation...

February 01, 2019