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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.

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

The Moon will be partially shaded by the Earth, with the overall eclipse lasting 4 hours and 19 minutes. While less dramatic than a partial eclipse (as no part of the Moon will be in complete shadow), a shading across the Moon should be readily visible to observers from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and most of Asia. LinkEnds:

Annular Solar Eclipse

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

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

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: