We’ve Seen The Solar Eclipse.. So Now What? Star Gazing 2015
With the excitement of the recent solar eclipse coming to an end, it felt appropriate to compile a list of the star gazing events for 2015.
April 4th – Total Lunar Eclipse
The Moon will get darker, eventually becoming a blood red color. This eclipse will be visible across North America, South America, Australia and Eastern Asia.
May 7th – Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
Mercury will reach its highest point above the horizon in the night sky at greatest eastern elongation at 21.2 degrees from the Sun, making it the best time to view Mercury this year.
May 23th – Saturn at Opposition
A this time, Saturn will be at its closest to Earth with its face fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be visible all night, and a telescope will allow observers to view its rings and brightest moons.
June 20th – Double Planet
Venus and Jupiter will create quite a display, being unusually close together just after sunset in the west-southwest sky.
October 1 – Comet C/2013 US10 Catalina.
This newly discovered comet is expected to be visible to the naked eye from October 1.
October and November – Taurid Meteor Shower ‘Fireballs’
The Taurid meteor shower will peaks between Nov. 5 to Nov. 12. Meteor expert David Asher predicts ‘fireball’ meteors this year, caused by swarms of larger particles.
December 13th – December 14th – Geminid Meteor Shower
This meteor shower is predicted to provide up to 120 shooting stars an hour.
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