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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

Nov 17/18: Leonid Meteor Shower

Illustration image17 Nov

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.

Dec 13/14: Geminid Meteors

Illustration image13 Dec

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.

Dec 22/23: Ursid Meteors

Dark sky with tree silhouette and shooting stars.22 Dec

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

Jan 3: Earth's Perihelion

Illustration image03Jan

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

Jan 21: Wolf Moon

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

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.

Jan 21: Super Full Moon

Full Moon over Denver, Colorado, US.21Jan

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.

April 19: Pink Moon

Pink wild ground phlox are a native flower to North America. 19 Apr

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.

May 18: Flower Moon

Full Moon behind blooming flowers. 18 May

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 17: Strawberry Moon

Paddleboarders below the strawberry moon at Barceloneta beach, Barcelona, Spain. 17 Jun

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.

June 21: June Solstice

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

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.

Jul 16: Buck Moon

White-tailed deer buck near a canola field.16 Jul

July's Full Moon is also known as Thunder Moon, Hay Moon, and Wort Moon.

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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