Calendar of Cosmic Events - 2018
Check out the dates and times for astronomical events like equinoxes, solstices, meteor showers, eclipses, supermoons, and more.
The Leonids' shooting stars are visible between November 6 and 30, and peak on the night of November 17 and early morning of November 18, 2018 with up to 15 meteors per hour.
November's Full Moon is called a Beaver Moon, after beavers that build their dams during this time of the year.
One of the best meteor showers of the year, the Geminids peaks on the night of December 13 and early morning hours of December 14, 2018, but will be visible from December 4-16.
The December solstice will take place at 22:22 UTC. Also known as the winter solstice, it is the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, it is the longest day of the year and is called the summer solstice.
The year's final Full Moon in December is called a Cold Moon because of low temperatures in most lpcations in the Northern Hemisphere.
Catch the shooting stars of the last major meteor shower of the year, the Ursids, when it peaks between the night of December 22 and 23, 2018.
Coming up in 2019
At 05:19 UTC, the Earth will reach its perihelion—the point on its orbit that is closest to the Sun.
The first major meteor shower of 2019, the Quadrantids, peaks on the night of January 3 and early morning hours of January 4.
The Sun, Moon, and Earth will imperfectly align in such a way that the Moon will partially cover the Sun's disk. The eclipse, which will require special viewing equipment, will be visible from locations in East Asia and parts of northeast Russia.
The first Full Moon of the year is colloquially known as Wolf Moon in many northern cultures. This phase of the Moon takes places when the Sun and the Moon are on opposites sides of the Earth.
January 2019's Wolf Moon is also a Super Moon, because the Full Moon takes place when the Moon is at its perigee, so it will look a little larger than usual. It may appear even larger at moonrise and moonset, but that is an illusion.
The best time to enjoy the second Super Moon of 2019 will be right after moonrise, when the Moon is close to the horizon.
February's Full Moon is also often colloquially known as Snow Moon in many Northern Hemisphere cultures.
The Full Moon in April is sometimes known as the Pink Moon because of phlox, a pink flower, that blooms around this time in the North.
The Lyrid meteor shower is expected to peak between April 22 and 23.
The best time to see shooting stars from the Eta Aquarid meteor shower is in the early morning, just before dawn, on May 6.
In many cultures, the Full Moon in the month of May is known as the Flower Moon because of all the flowers that bloom around this time.
June in many northern locations marks the beginning of the strawberry season. Because of this, the month's Full Moon is often called Strawberry Moon.
This solstice is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, where it is the longest day of the year.
In the Southern Hemisphere, it's the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year.
July's Full Moon is also known as Thunder Moon, Hay Moon, and Wort Moon.
Almost two weeks after the July 2, 2019 total solar eclipse, a partial lunar eclipse will take place. It will be visible from most of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, South/East North America, South America, and Antarctica.
The shooting stars of the Perseid meteor shower, are known as the most active and brightest meteor showers of the year. They are usually active between July 17 and August 24.
August's Full Moon is known as the Sturgeon Moon, after the North American lake sturgeon.
Also known as the autumnal (fall) equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, the September Equinox is considered by many as the first day of fall.
The best time to see the shooting stars of the peaking Draconids is just before nightfall.
In many Native American cultures, October is the month of hunting and preparing for the upcoming winter season. This is why October's Full Moon is often called Hunter's Moon. It is sometimes known as the Blood Moon or Sanguine Moon, though in recent years, the term Blood Moon is also used to refer to a total lunar eclipse.
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