2017 was a year of astronomical events, however, it’s not over yet! Whether you’re trying to take advantage of the cosmic energy flood or just trying to gaze at some amazing meteor showers, here’s what to expect in the sky during 2018!
There are a massive amount of astronomical events expected in two thousand eighteen. However, it’d take a lot more than just an article to map them all out and explain what to expect and how to get the full potential of each one. However, here are the biggest and most important events that will be taking place in the night sky during 2018!
There will be a number of meteor showers this year raining down on our sky. Meteor showers are an amazing sight and a great occasion to get the family and friends together! Here’s what to expect.
The quantities are a raining meteor shower that can light up the sky like fireworks on New YEve’s eve. It will be active between December 28 and January 12th! The most active day will be the third of January.
The lyrids is another famously known meteor shower that blazes through the night sky every 2,700 years. The meteorites fly across the sky at about 107,000 miles per hour and explode at about 55 mils into the atmosphere. This shower will be joined by the comet Thatcher, which only appears every 415 years.
Total Lunar Eclipse January 31
On January 31 we will have a total lunar eclipse, the first since 2015. It will last about 3 ½ hours from 11:48 UT to 15:12 UT.
Partial Solar Eclipse February 15
On February 15 we will have a partial solar eclipse. The southern hemispheres of the world will be able to see this better than the rest of the world. It will occur at approximately 20:51 UT.
Partial Solar Eclipse July 13
On July 13 we will experience another partial solar eclipse, except this one will be visible between the coasts of Australia and Antarctica. It will begin at about 3:01 UT.
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