Space debris entry recorded over Los Angeles, California

Space debris entry recorded over Los Angeles, California

A piece of space junk, possibly parts of Delta II rocket launched back in 1989, entered Earth's atmosphere at around 06:23 UTC on January 30, 2020, and disintegrated over Los Angeles, California. The event lasted up to 20 seconds. It was recorded from Los…

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

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…

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

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….

Night Sky Guide for January 2020

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…

2019 Geminid meteor shower peaks under nearly full moon

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…

Night Sky Guide for December 2019

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…

Meteor storm predicted for November 22

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…

2019 Mercury transit across the Sun

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…

Night Sky Guide for November 2019

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…

Perseid meteor shower peaks tonight

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…