Best events astronomers shouldn’t miss this year
What will be 2018 remembered for in the field of astronomy? Oleg Kashin, an expert of the Great Planetarium in Novosibirsk.
He named the most significant dates:
- January 1 – opportunity to observe Mars at night;
- January 7 – Mars and Jupiter up close;
- January 11 – Moon meets Mars and Jupiter;
- January 28 – Moon crosses Aldebaran;
- January 31 – Total Lunar Eclipse;
- since February 19 – opportunity to observe Venus in the evenings;
- March 29 – Venus meets Uranus;
- May 9 – Jupiter opposites the Sun;
- July 10 – Venus meets Regulus;
- July 28 – Mars is closest to the Earth over the past 17 years;
- August 13 – Perseid meteor shower from the Perseus constellation;
- October 8 – Draconids meteor shower (constellation of the Dragon);
- December 14 – Geminids meteor shower (constellation of Gemini).
In case of excellent weather, the last event can become the most spectacular one in the current year.
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