Here comes a new year, full of new hopes and wishes, full of events yet to come like these that I am going to discuss in detail in this article, 2018 astronomic events, so be ready and prepare yourself to witness them.
This year, starting today, the world will witness the first full moon of the year January 2nd. We know that the moon shows full face to Earth once every month and the other face is in the shadow, we only see it full when the moon, sun, and Earth aligned which in this case call Lunar eclipse “Blue moon” which we will also see it happen this year on January 31st. July 27th.
We are also going to witness many meteor showers this year:
Quadrantids meteor shower on January 3rd and 4th
which got its name to the now-defunct constellation Quadrans Muralis.
Where to view it, the observers in the northern hemisphere are the best suited to see the Quadrantids.
The Quadrantids are associated with an asteroid called 2003 EH1 which takes 5.5 years to orbit around the sun.
Lyrids meteor shower April 22nd and 23rd
The lyrids meteor shower is expected to peak on 22, 23 of April and the best time to see it after the nightfall or before dawn.The lyrids are created due to comet Thatcher which takes 415 years to orbit around the sun.
Many yet to come
Eta Aquarids Meteor shower on May 6th and 7th
Delta aquarids meteor shower on July 28th and 29th
Persieds meteor shower on August 11th
Draconids meteor shower on October 8th
Orionods meteor shower on October 21st and 22nd
Tourids meteor shower on November 5th and 6th
Germinids meteor shower on December 13th and 14th
Urids meteor shower on December 21st and 22nd
Partial solar eclipse 2018
First one is on February 15th
The second one is on July 13th
Third one is on August 11th
We all know that partial solar eclipse happens when the moon is in between the Earth and the sun, and cover part of the sun.
In 2018, some planets will be at its closest approach to the earth:
Jupiter will be at its closest approach to earth on May 9th
Saturn will be at its closest approach to earth on June 27th
Mars will be at its closest approach to earth on July 27th
Neptune will be at its closest approach to earth on September 7th
Uranus will be at its closest approach to earth on October 23rd
In 2018 Also there will be two solstices one on June 21st and this will be the longest day of the year and on December 21st and this will be the longest night of the year.
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