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

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…

Total Solar Eclipse of July 2, 2019

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…

International Astronomical Union concerned about satellite constellations

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…

Night Sky Guide for June 2019

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…

Night Sky Guide for May 2019

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…

Night Sky Guide for April 2019

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…

Night Sky Guide for March 2019

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…

Night Sky Guide for February 2019

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…

Total lunar eclipse of January 21, 2019

Total lunar eclipse of January 21, 2019

A total lunar eclipse will take place early Monday, January 21, 2019 (UTC) as the Moon passes through the Earth's shadow. The totality will last 62 minutes. The next total lunar eclipse will be on May 26, 2021. The eclipse will be visible from Africa, the…

Partial solar eclipse of January 6, 2019

Partial solar eclipse of January 6, 2019

A partial solar eclipse will take place early January 6, 2019 (UTC) and be visible from northeast Asia and north Pacific. The eclipse starts 22:39 UTC, January 5 and ends 04:37 UTC, January 6. The Moon will pass in front of the Sun, creating a partial eclipse of…