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Solar System Events Calendar 2017

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.

Annular Solar Eclipse

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A large annular eclipse (in which the outer ring of Sun will be visible) will cover over 99% of the Sun, creating a dramatic spectacle for observers in a narrow path at most 31 km wide; it will last 44 seconds at the point of maximum eclipse. It will be seen from southern South America, across the Atlantic, and into southern Africa. The partial eclipse will be visible in southern South America, and south-west Africa. Remember - Always protect your eyes before viewing a solar eclipse. LinkEnds:

March Equinox

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It's also time to celebrate the Equinox! At the Planets Today, we love equinoxes.... everyone on the planet (mostly) gets the same amount of day and night.

Lyrids Meteor Shower

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This yearly meteor shower occurs when the Earth moves through the dust tail of comet C/1861 G1 (Thatcher). It usually peaks around April 22nd and the morning of April 23rd with around 5-20 meteors per hour. Visible in northern and southern hemispheres. LinkEnds:

Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower

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This yearly meteor shower occurs when the Earth moves through the dust tail left by Halley's comet. It usually peaks around May the 7th and can peak at 60 meteors per hour. Visible in northern and southern hemispheres. LinkEnds: