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Calendar of Cosmic Events - 2018

Check out the dates and times for astronomical events like equinoxes, solstices, meteor showers, eclipses, supermoons, and more.

JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC

People around the world converge at the Stonehenge, England to celebrate the June Solstice.21 Jun

June 21: June Solstice

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.

Harvest Supermoon rises over the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown WV on November 13, 2016.24 Sep

Sep 24/25: Harvest Moon

The Full Moon closest to the September Equinox is called the Harvest Moon. In the Northern Hemisphere, the time between successive moonrises will be shorter around this period.

Illustration image13 Dec

Dec 13/14: Geminid Meteors

One of the best meteor showers of the year, the Geminids will peak on the night of December 13 and early morning hours of December 14, 2018, but will be visible from December 4-16.

Dark sky with tree silhouette and shooting stars.22 Dec

Dec 22/23: Ursid Meteors

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

Illustration image03Jan

Jan 3: Earth's Perihelion

At 05:19 UTC, the Earth will reach its perihelion—the point on its orbit that is closest to the Sun.

Illustration of the Moon's position in space in relation to Earth and the Sun at Full Moon21Jan

Jan 21: Wolf Moon

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.

Full Moon over Denver, Colorado, US.21Jan

Jan 21: Super Full Moon

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.

Topics: Astronomy, Eclipses, Equinox, Moon, Sun, Comets, Meteors, Solstice, January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December


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The Moon

  1. What Is a Supermoon?
  2. The Moon Illusion
  3. The Moon Phases
  4. The Moon's Effect on Tides
  5. What Is a Micro Moon?
  6. How Can Full Moon Be in the Daytime?
  7. Is a Blue Moon Blue?
  8. The Moon's Orbit
  9. The Far Side of the Moon
  10. What Is a Black Moon?
  11. What Are Moonbows?
  12. Full Moon Names
  13. Taking pictures of the Moon

Moon index





Solar Eclipses

  1. When Is the Next Solar Eclipse?
  2. Different Types of Eclipses
  3. What Are Solar Eclipses?
  4. How Often Do Solar Eclipses Occur?
  5. Total Solar Eclipses
  6. Partial Solar Eclipses
  7. Annular Solar Eclipses
  8. Hybrid Solar Eclipses
  9. Solar Eclipses in History
  10. Solar Eclipse Myths
  11. Magnitude of Eclipses

Eclipses



The Moon Phases

  1. The Lunar Month
  2. New Moon
  3. Waxing Crescent Moon
  4. First Quarter Moon
  5. Waxing Gibbous Moon
  6. Full Moon
  7. Waning Gibbous Moon
  8. Third Quarter Moon
  9. Waning Crescent Moon

Moon Phases


Winter & Summer Solstices

  1. What Is the June Solstice?
  2. June Solstice Facts
  3. What Is the December Solstice?
  4. December Solstice Facts
  5. When Is the Summer Solstice?
  6. When Is the Winter Solstice?
  7. June Solstice Celebrations
  8. December Solstice Celebrations

Equinox & Solstice Worldwide



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