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.
Meteor shower runs annually starting from January 3, 4 – Quadrantids Meteor Shower. April 22, 23 – Lyrids Meteor Shower. May 5, 6 – Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower.
Quadrantids Meteor Shower January 2, 3, Lyrids Meteor Shower April 22, 23, Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower May 5, 6, Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower July 28, 29…
A conjunction occurs when two astronomical objects have either the same right ascension or the same ecliptical longitude, normally when observed from the Earth. In the case of two objects that always appear close to the ecliptic – such as two planets, or the Moon and a planet, or the Sun and a planet – this implies an apparent close approach between the objects as seen on the sky. In contrast, the term appulse is defined as the minimum apparent separation on the sky of two astronomical bodies.
Conjunctions therefore involve two Solar System bodies, or one Solar System body and one more distant object such as a star. A conjunction is an apparent phenomenon caused by perspective only: there is no close physical approach in space between the two objects involved. Conjunctions between two bright objects close to the ecliptic, such as two bright planets, can be easily seen with the naked eye and can attract some public interest.
The Moon has phases because it orbits Earth, which causes the portion we see illuminated to change. The Moon takes 27.3 days to orbit Earth, but the lunar phase cycle (from new Moon to new Moon) is 29.5 days. The Moon spends the extra 2.2 days “catching up” because Earth travels about 45 million miles around the Sun during the time the Moon completes one orbit around Earth.
January 2, 3 – Quadrantids Meteor Shower. The Quadrantids is an above average shower, with up to 40 meteors per hour at its peak. It is thought to be produced by dust grains left behind by an extinct comet known as 2003 EH1,…