Calendar of Cosmic Events - 2018
Check out the dates and times for astronomical events like equinoxes, solstices, meteor showers, eclipses, supermoons, and more.
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, will peak 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.
Live stream of the Total Lunar Eclipse 27–28 July 2018. See broadcast
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