Heavenly delights will be gracing our atmosphere this 2018. From Super Blue Moons, a planet parade, and even epic meteor showers. Check out what’s to come this 2018!
Jan 1st and Jan 31st- Super Blue Moon Eclipse:
The first total lunar eclipse of 2018, will also be a supermoon. On Jan 1st, 2018 the moon will appear up to 7% bigger than an average Full Moon to ring in the new year.
Jan 31st, 2018
“The moon will appear 14 percent larger and 30 percent brighter than usual”, says NASA. The Earths Shadow will pass between the sun and the moon causing this stunning Lunar Eclipse on Jan 31st, 2018. The sun and Earth and moon align, casting a shadow (Umbra and penumbra) across the moon. Coined a super blue moon, “Blue Moon” is when two full moons happen in the same calendar month. This atypical event hasn’t happened for more than 150 years!
See this spectacular event Jan 31st AT MAXIMUM EFFECT in your time zone:
In March 2018, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will form a line in the sky. Three planets will form a cosmic conga line with the moon. The best way to enjoy this phenomenal planet alignment is through a telescope.
May 6th – Eta Aquarid Meteors:
Created from debris from Halley Comet, the Eta Aquarids will be active between April 19 and May 28. Named after the brightest star of the constellation Eta Aquarii, you can see this shower anywhere in the world just before Dawn, on May 6, 2018.
July 15- Moon Meets Venus:
Conjunction of Moon, Venus and Jupiter, Dec 1, 2008. Taken from Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, with Canon 20Da camera and 35mm lens at f/2.8, for 5 sec at ISO 400. From JPG frame of time-lapse movie.
The crescent moon will be close to Venus low in the southwestern sky on July 15th, 2018, creating a dramatic and eye catching display.
August 12-13: Perseid Meteor Shower:
Every August, 60 shooting stars will be at their peak in the sky . The Perseids meteor shower are bits of the comet Swift-Tuttle that ornament the sky once a year. Without a moon visible on August 12 into the early morning of August 13th, the Perseid Meteor shower will produce 40-50 meteors per hour, illuminating the sky.
December 12 –Comet Encounter:
Comet 46P/Wirtanen will be closest to earth and clearest to the naked eye on December 12th. At only 7.2 million away from our solar system, Comet 46P/Wirtanen is a short-period comet that has been in orbit for 5.4 years with it’s diameter to be estimated at 1.2 Kilometers.