Saturday , July 31 2021

Many reasons to look at the sky in 2019

Whatever else 2019 can bring, there are numerous rare astronomical events that appear in the next 12 months, starting in January.

According to Sky's website, the next month will begin with the Quantrids meteor shower (January 3-4), followed by a partial solar eclipse January 6.

But the peak of the moon will be a full moon on January 21. According to NASA, it will be visible in much of North America. Dark darkening occurs when the moon passes beyond the Earth and in the shadow of the planet, causing the moon to dim and take reddish-red color.

The next big event takes place in May, when a rare blue moon will be visible on May 18.

"This full moon was known by the early Indian tribes like the Moon of the Full Flower, because this was the time of the year when spring flowers appeared in abundance," Sky says on its website. "Since this is the third of the four full moons this season, it is known as the blue moon. This rare calendar event occurs only once every few years, causing the term" once in the blue moon. ""

Usually, there are only three full moons in each season of the year, but as full moons occur every 29.53 days, sometimes one season will contain four full moons.

"The extra full moon of the season is known as the blue moon," says the site. "Blue moons occur on average once every 2.7 years."

On July 2, there will be a total solar eclipse (when the moon passes directly in front of the sun), but it will not be visible in North America, only in parts of the South Pacific and some parts of South America.

On October 13, a full moon will be a blood moon, which occurs when the moon is located on the opposite side of the Earth like the sun.

But on December 13-14, the meteoric rainfall king, Geminids, peaked, carrying about 120 meteors per hour that would be visible in North America.

"Unfortunately, almost the full moon will block many meteors this year, but Geminids are so bright and numerous that it can still be a good show," the website said. "The best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. The meteors will radiate from the constellation Gemini, but they can appear everywhere in the sky."

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