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Keeping our tradition, today we are introducing you top 10 astronomical events in 2019. The list gives notable astronomical events including eclipses, meteor showers, phases of the moon, and motions of the planets.
- Quadrantids Meteor Shower – January 3, 4
This Meteor Shower is an above average shower which is going to happen in January 3, 4. It is a dust grains that left behind by an extinct comet known as 2003 EH1, which was discovered in 2003. As usual the shower runs from January 1-5 but in 2019 it will peak on the night of the 3rd and morning of the 4th. The best viewing place will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Bootes, but can appear anywhere in the sky.
- New Moon – January 6
The next astronomical event is the New Moon that will happen on January 6. It will locate on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and unfortunately will not be visible in the night sky. This phase happens at 01:28 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.
- Venus at Greatest Western Elongation – January 6
The 3rd place of top 10 astronomical events is Venus at Greatest Western Elongation. The event will happen on January 6. The planet Venus reaches greatest eastern elongation of 47 degrees from the Sun. The best time of viewing Venus will be at its highest point above the horizon in the morning sky. Look for the bright planet in the eastern sky before sunrise.
- Partial Solar Eclipse – January 6
A partial solar eclipse happens when the Moon covers only a part of the Sun. The partial eclipse will be visible in parts of eastern Asia and the northern Pacific Ocean. The best view will be from northeastern Russia with 62% coverage.
- Full Moon, Supermoon – January 21
Full Moon, Supermoon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be fully illuminated. This stage occurs at 05:16 UTC and was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Wolf Moon. The Moon has also been known as the Old Moon and the Moon After Yule and also the first of three supermoons for 2019.
- Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter – January 22
A conjunction of Venus and Jupiter will be visible on January 22. The two bright planets will be visible within 2.4 degrees of each other in the early morning sky. And the event is occupied on the sixth place of our top 10 astronomical events.
- Total Lunar Eclipse – January 21
A total lunar eclipse happens when the Moon passes completely through the Earth’s dark shadow, or umbra. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of North America, South America, the eastern Pacific Ocean, western Atlantic Ocean, extreme western Europe, and extreme western Africa.
- New Moon – February 4
We have another opportunity to witness the New Moon. This New Moon will locate on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky. The event occurs at 21:03 UTC. This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.
- Full Moon, Supermoon – February 19
Full Moon, Supermoon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be fully illuminated. This phase happens at 15:53 UTC. Because hunting is difficult, this moon has also been known by some tribes as the Full Hunger Moon. This is also the second of three Supermoons for 2019. The Moon will be larger and brighter than usual.
- Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation – February 27
Our top 10 astronomical events are finishing Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation. The planet Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation of 18.1 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky.
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