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Solar System Events Calendar 2018

Bringing you 90 days worth of solar system events. These include things of up-coming interest like equinoxes and solstices, major spacecraft events, and things you can see with your naked eye like eclipses and comets.

June Solstice

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The June soltice marks the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere and the Shortest in the Southern.

Southern Delta Aquariids Meteor Shower

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This yearly meteor shower occurs when the Earth moves through the debris of the breakup of the Marsden and Kracht Sungrazing comets. It usually peaks around July 28th/29th and can peak at 15-20 meteors per hour. LinkEnds:

Partial Solar Eclipse

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A small partial eclipse will be visible from a patch of ocean between Australia and Antarctica. With just 34% of the Sun covered for viewers closest to the center, this will be of limited interest. LinkEnds:

Perseid Meteor Shower

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This yearly meteor is caused by the comet Swift-Tuttle. It usually peaks around 12th/13th August and can peak at 80 meteors per hour. Visible in the northern hemisphere only. LinkEnds:

Total Lunar Eclipse

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A dramatic total eclipse lasting 1 hour and 43 minutes will plunge the full Moon into deep darkness, as it passes right through the centre of the Earth's umbral shadow. While the visual effect of a total eclipse is variable, the Moon may be stained a deep orange or red colour at maximum eclipse. This will be a great spectacle for everyone who sees it from Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. The partial eclipse will last for 3 hours and 55 minutes in total. LinkEnds:

Partial Solar Eclipse

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A moderate partial eclipse, with 74% of the Sun covered for viewers closest to the center, will create an interesting spectacle for observers from the Arctic, Greenland, Scandinavia, and north and east Asia. LinkEnds:

OSIRIS-REx begins rendezvous with asteroid Bennu

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NASA's Asteroid sample return mission begins it's approach phase when Bennu is just a point of light more than 2 million km away from the spacecraft. As OSIRIS-REx approaches the asteroid, it will use an array of small rocket thrusters to match the velocity of Bennu in its orbit around the Sun. Link