8 Sky Events You Need To See This 2018
A day like today, thousand years ago, the Three Kings followed a star to get to Bethlehem.
Today, I’m sharing with you a post with the astronomical events we’re going to have during 2018. Therefore, you can get safe and sound to 2019.
Whether you like to stare at the sky or not, you must be aware of what’s going on up high.
All those moves affect our lives positively or negatively.
These are the 8 sky events you need to see this 2018.
1. Bluemoon + Total Lunar Eclipse — January 31
But for 2018 would be “New year, full Moon.”
We kicked off the new year with a Bluemoon during January 1st and 2nd nights.
[I must tell you that I could saw Jan. 1st Bluemoon and it was absolutely spectacular]
But, what is exactly a Bluemoon?
Well, it’s a full Moon. The unusual aspect of this phenomena is the bigger and brighter appearance of the lunar orb. Also, it’s known as Supermoon.
P.S.: It’s not blue like The Smurfs’ Moon, haha.
The next Bluemoon will be up in the sky for January 31.
Likewise, on the same day, North American* and Pacific Inchers will be able to see the first total Lunar Eclipse of the year.
*European and South American Inchers are not going to see the phenomena, and some of the North American Inchers will appreciate it partially.
2. Planet Alignment — March 7-8
If you’re an early riser, this is your chance to see something special.
By the end of February, beginning March, Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter will align.
On March 7, the Moon will visit each planet in the alignment (Or at least that is what it will look like). And on the 8th, the big rocky star will take place between Mars and Jupiter.
3. Moon Meets Venus — July 15
While the Sun goes down on this Summer evening, North American Inchers will have the opportunity to observe the close encounter between the crescent Moon and Venus, low in the southwestern sky.
The appearance of the encounter: less than 1.6º.
4. Total Lunar Eclipse — July 27
Were you able to appreciate the first total Lunar Eclipse?
Well, if not, don’t worry. 2018 is benevolent, and it gave us another chance to enjoy the phenomena.
And the good news is that South American, European, Australian, African and Asian Inchers will watch the spectacle!!
[Sorry, North American Inchers, but you already had your opportunity]
The total eclipse will start at 19:30 UT, and you will see how the Moon gets dark.
It will go through the most obscure zone of our planet. Therefore, this could be a -very- dark eclipse.
Also, this will be the smallest full Moon of the year due to its distance from Earth.
5. Mars At Its Best — July 27-31
July 27 isn’t just the total Lunar Eclipse day, but when Mars reaches its peak of visibility for the year. This will make the red planet shine -orangy- bright.
Furthermore, it will be at opposition. This means that it lies opposite to the Sun from our viewpoint.
After this takes place, on July 31, the planet will be close to Earth, with a distance of 35.8 million miles -nothing,- becoming its best moment to shine bright and seem bigger.
The last time this was seen was in 2003, and it will be in 2035 to see it again.
P.S.: If you possess a telescope, don’t hesitate in using it.
6. Partial Solar Eclipse — August 11
While this Summer dawn rises, Inchers that live in the Northern regions of Europe, North America, and Asia, as well as Greenland, and Iceland, will wake up to a Partial Solar Eclipse on August 11.
It’s expected that the Moon covers 37% of the Sun before it goes down.
7. Perseids Meteor Shower — August 12-13
Between the night of August 12, and dawn of the 13th, the Perseids Meteor Shower will occur.
Inchers across the Northern Hemisphere of the Earth, this is your chance!
[I’ve had never seen a meteor shower nor comets. This circumstance makes me want to work at NASA]
8. ¡A Comet! — December 12
To end this year of astronomical events, the comet 46P/Wirtanen may illuminate itself.
It will travel throughout the winter constellation Taurus on December 12 (If predictions doesn’t change), making its closest approach to the Sun (perihelion).
🙂 — Something I’ve never mentioned was that I love our Solar System and its members. Also, did you know that to stare at the sky, especially when it’s dark and I can see all the planets, moon and stars, makes me chill?
Well, now you know…