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Cosmic Calendar for 2017 / 2018

While we are preparing for the total solar eclipse in North America on August 21, 2017, there are plenty of other astronomical events to look forward to.

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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.

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Aug 12/13: Perseid Meteors

The shooting stars of the Perseid meteor shower, are known as the most active and brightest meteor showers of the year.

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Aug 21: Black Moon

The New Moon causing the total solar eclipse is a Black Moon because it is the 3rd New Moon in a season with 4 New Moons. However, like a Blue Moon, there are several definitions.

Illustration image20 Oct

Oct 20/21: Orionid Meteors

The Orionids are visible from October 2 to November 7, but the shower peaks the night between October 20 and 21, 2017.

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Nov 17/18: Leonid Meteor Shower

The Leonids' shooting stars will peak on the night of November 17 and early morning of November 18 in 2017.

Illustrative comparison of a Supermoon and Micromoon.03 Dec

Dec 3: Supermoon

The Full Moon on December 3, 2017 coincides with the Moon's closest approach to Earth; also called perigee. This makes December's Cold Moon a Supermoon.

A Supermoon looks around 12 to 14% larger than its counterpart, the Micromoon.

Shooting stars on a dark night sky reflected in a lake.13 Dec

Dec 13/14: Geminids Meteors

The shooting stars of the Geminids will peak between the evening of December 13 and early morning hours of December 14, 2017.

A Waning Crescent Moon will make viewing conditions good for the shooting stars.

Dark sky with tree silhouette and shooting stars.23 Dec

Dec 23/24: Ursid Meteors

Catch the shooting stars of the last major meteor shower of the year, the Ursids, when it peaks on the night of December 23 and 24, 2017.

Coming up in 2018

Illustrative comparison of a Supermoon and Micromoon.02 Jan

Jan 2: Supermoon

The Full Moon on January 2, 2018 coincides with the Moon's closest approach to Earth; also called perigee. This makes January's Wolf Moon a Supermoon.

A Supermoon looks around 12 to 14% larger than its counterpart, the Micromoon.

Illustration image31 Jan

Jan 31: Blue Moon

The 2nd Full Moon in January is a Blue Moon. This is because it is the 2nd Full Moon in the same month.

The other definition of a Blue Moon is the 3rd Full Moon in an astronomical season with 4 Full Moons.

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February: Black Moon

There is no New Moon in February 2018 making it a Black Moon. However, this is not the only definition of a Black Moon.

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