This year’s astronomy calendar 2021: Don’t miss these upcoming events – ‘Enjoy gazing’
ASTRONOMY FANS are in for a treat this year, as lunar eclipses and meteor showers will keep us entertained until the end of the year. An astronomer has described some of the most interesting astronomical events coming up in the coming months.
So far, amateur skygazers have been treated to four supermoons, a partial solar eclipse, and a Blood Moon in quick succession. And, according to the astronomical prediction, things are about to get even better, with a slew of high-profile meteor showers and even more eclipse activity on the way. Dr. Daniel Brown, an astronomer at Nottingham Trent University, has shared his three top picks for the next months with This Website.
A partial eclipse of the Micromoon in mid-November, as well as two meteor showers, one of which is right around the corner, are among these astronomical occurrences.
“We’ll be able to witness a little of this year’s partial lunar eclipse in the UK as the Moon sets on the morning of November 19, but the conditions are pretty bad for that one,” Dr. Brown said.
“To make matters worse, you’ll have to fly to the Antarctic on December 4 to see a solar eclipse.”
Continue reading to learn more about these amazing phenomena.
This year’s Full Moon will appear at lunar apogee, the Moon’s farthest distance from Earth, on November 19.
When the lunar orb is at perigee – the closest distance to Earth – this is the polar opposite of a Supermoon.
A Micromoon is somewhat smaller and dimmer than a Full Moon or Supermoon, but the difference is too subtle to notice with the human eye.
It’s a good thing, because the Moon will be partially veiled by the Earth’s shadow on this night, making for an even more spectacular sight.
On November 19, a partial lunar eclipse will begin around 7.18 a.m. BST and will be visible from the United Kingdom.
Unfortunately, by the time of the maximum eclipse – the eclipse’s halfway point – it will be below the horizon.
You might be more interested in witnessing Perseids and Geminids as only parts of the November eclipse are visible from the UK.
These are some of the most well-known annular showers, known for their many peaks.
“Brinkwire Summary News,” said Dr. Brown, “it’s best to keep a look out for shooting stars during this year’s Perseids.”