Meteor Showers, Solar and Lunar Eclipses, Oh my!
One of the best things about spending time in nature, in whatever form, is the reverence you gain for the night sky. There is something surreal and magical about getting lost in the stars. One of my favorite things is to plan camping and hiking adventures around amazing star-gazing events. This list of celestial events happening this summer is sure to help you plan an amazing trip!
4/16 – The New Moon: Dark skies mean a better chance to star-gaze.
4/22 – The Lyrids Meteor Shower peaks this Sunday morning (which also happens to be Earth Day). The moon will have set by the prime time pre-dawn viewing hours. You can expect to see around 10 meteors an hour during this shower.This shower will be visible from the Northern Hemisphere and is one of the oldest known meteor showers, caused by the comet Thatcher.
4/29 – Mercury will be visible just before sunrise in the eastern sky.
4/30 – The Full Moon, known as the Growing Moon or Sprouting Grass Moon.
5/6 – 5/7: The Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower. This shower is produced by the Comet Hailey and is visible from both hemispheres. Expect to see up to 60 meteors per hour in the Southern Hemisphere. The moon will be out during these two days of peak meteor activity, however with patience you will still probably see some streaks across the sky. The Eta Aquarids shower runs from 4/29 – 5/28 so you can take your chances on a new moon night as well.
5/9 – Jupiter will be visible in the southeastern sky for most of the night. With binoculars you may be able to see its moons.
5/15 – The New Moon. The Eta Aquarids shower is still occuring so it may be a good night to go on a star-gazing adventure.
5/29 – The Full Moon, known as the Full Flower Moon.
6/13 – The New Moon.
6/21 – The Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. The longest day of the year.
6/28 – Saturn will be visible tonight, however, it is also a The Full Moon (Strawberry Moon) so the sky will be bright. Saturn will be close enough to see it’s rings and moons with a telescope.
7/12 – Mercury will be low in the Western sky just after sunset.
7/13 – The New Moon with a partial solar eclipse. The eclipse will only be visible in extreme Southern Australia and Antarctica.
7/27 – The Full Moon with a total lunar eclipse. This eclipse will be visible from pretty much everywhere but North and South America. Mars will be visible all night long tonight as well.
7/28 – 7/29: The Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower. The Full Moon will interfere with viewing this shower in 2018.
8/11 – The New Moon with a partial solar eclipse. The eclipse will be visible from Northern parts of Canada, Greenland, Europe and Asia with Russia having the best vantage point at 68% coverage.
8/12 – The Perseids Meteor Shower. This is an active shower with up to 60 meteors per hour. There will be dark skies for great viewing.
8/17 – Venus will be visible in the western sky after sunset.
8/26 – The Full Moon, known as the Full Sturgeon Moon or the Green Corn Moon.
8/28 – View Mercury low in the eastern sky in the early morning hours.
9/7 – Neptune will be visible tonight. Due to its distance, Neptune will only by a small, blue dot in the sky. Unless you have an awesome telescope.
9/9 – The New Moon.
9/23 – September Equinox. Equal parts day and night. The first day of autumn.
9/25 – The Full Moon, known as the Harvest Moon.
Our hope is that this information helps you to get outside and experience the great outdoors for yourself. Let us know if you have any comments or questions or if there is something we missed! Thank you!
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