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Calendar of Cosmic Events - 2019

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


Oct 21: Orionid Meteor Shower

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The Orionids are the second meteor shower in October. It peaks on October 21-22 but usually remains active between October 2 and November 7. The best time to see these shooting stars is just after midnight and before the Sun rises.

Nov 17/18: Leonid Meteor Shower

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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, 2019 with up to 15 meteors per hour.

Dec 13/14: Geminid Meteors

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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, 2019, but will be visible from December 4-16.

Dec 22/23: Ursid Meteors

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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, 2019.

2020 Cosmic Events

Jan 5: Earth's Perihelion

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At 07:47 UTC, the Earth will reach its perihelion—the point on its orbit that is closest to the Sun.

Jan 10: Wolf Moon

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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 24: New Moon

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The Moon will come between the Sun and the Earth, and the illuminated side of the Moon will face away from the Earth. A New Moon is almost impossible to see, even with a telescope.

March 9: Worm Moon

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March 2020's Super Full Moon is also the Worm Moon, named after earthworms that tend to appear around in this time in many locations in the Northern Hemisphere.

March 24: Micro New Moon

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A New Moon will take place at the same time as the Moon is farthest from the Earth on its orbit. A New Moon cannot be seen from the Earth.

April 8: Pink Moon

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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.

Apr 8: Super Full Moon

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April's Pink Full Moon is also a Super Moon. Because the Full Moon takes place when the Moon is at its perigee, it will look a little larger than a usual Full Moon.

May 7: Flower Moon

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In many cultures, the Full Moon in May is known as the Flower Moon because of all the flowers that bloom around this time.

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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