We are listed top 10 Astronomical events coming soon in 2018.
On January 31, we witnessed a very unusual phenomenon: “A Super Blue Blood Moon”. The event combined 3 phenomena at the same time: a blue moon, a super moon, and a total lunar eclipse. a phenomenon which hadn’t happened for more than 150 years. Although there won’t be another super blue blood moon again any time soon, there are still plenty of dazzling celestial events to look forward to this year. Now let’s see what’s ahead to get excited about this year.
1. Mars and Antares appear on February 12
Mars and the big red star Antares will glow orange in the night sky, on February 12. In spite of Mars being 140 million miles away from Earth, and Antares 600 light years away, they will appear close in the sky on the night.
2. “Lunar Occultation”: Moon to Line up with Taurus Constellation
On February 23, the moon will pass in front of the star Aldebaran. It is the brightest star in the Taurus constellation – in an event known as lunar occultation.
3. Blue/Worm Moon: March 31
It is the same as January’s second full moon, this extra full moon will also be known as a blue moon on March 31. It is the astronomical phenomenon behind the phrase “once in a blue moon”.
Other full moons this year include:
Pink moon – April 30
Flower moon – May 29
Strawberry Moon – June 28
Thunder moon – July 27
Sturgeon moon – August 26
Hunter’s moon – October 24
Frost moon – November 23
Cold moon – December 22
4. Lyrid Meteor Shower Peak: April 21-22
The Lyrids can bring anywhere from five to 20 shooting meteors across the night sky every hour, with an average of around 10 per hour. This year the annual meteor shower will start April 16 and end April 25, but will peak April 21- 22.
5. Eta Aquariird Meteor Shower Peak: May 6-7
The Eta Aquariids is one of the two meteor showers that has its origin from Halley’s Comet. In the northern hemisphere, Brits can expect around 25 meteors per hour before dawn.
6. Moon Meets Venus on July 15
Around the time of sunset, Venus will be noticeable in the sky near to the thin shining curved moon.
7. Total Lunar Eclipse
According to January’s incredible blood moon, which could only be seen in certain parts of the world, the next total lunar eclipse will be observable in the UK and will happen on July 27. A total lunar eclipse is also called as a blood moon and refers to the changing colour of the moon as it turns red.
8. Third Solar Eclipse: August 11
The third eclipse of the 2018 will take place on August 11 and the best place to see for sky-watchers is in northern Europe, northern Asia and parts of eastern Asia. A partial eclipse occurs when the moon covers a section of the sun, whereas a total solar eclipse takes place when the moon appears directly in front of the sun. For those in Britain, the only place that will have a good view of the partial solar eclipse will be the north of Scotland.
9. Perseid Meteor Shower Peak: August 12-13
The Perseids is an annual meteor shower that is at its brightest during summer months. The shooting star is known as one of the most current celestial events of the year, bringing up to 150 bright meteors per hour.
10. Harvest Moon: September 25
It is known as a tribute to the pre-autumn harvests. The Harvest Moon is the first full moon after the autumn equinox which falls on September 23 this year. Last year the Harvest Moon arrived late, lighting up the sky on October 5 – it normally rises in September.