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Solar System Events Calendar 2019 - 2020

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.

Taurids Meteor Shower

Starts:
2019/09/10 12:00
The Taurids are an annual meteor shower associated with the comet Encke. They are named after their radiant point in the constellation Taurus, where they are seen to come from in the sky. Because of their occurrence in late October and early November, they are also called Halloween fireballs. Due to the gravitational perturbations of planets, especially Jupiter, the Taurids have spread out over time, allowing separate segments labeled the Northern Taurids (NTA) and Southern Taurids (STA) to become observable. The Southern Taurids are active from about September 10 to November 20, while the Northern Taurids are active from about October 20 to December 10. LinkEnds:
2019/11/20 12:00

Leonids Meteor Shower

Starts:
2019/11/13
The Leonids (generated by comet Tempel-Tuttle) can be quite a prolific shower with between 15 and hundreds of meteors per hour - but averaging around 40. The activity peaks every 33 years with the last peak in 2001. It is usually most active on November 17 and 18. Look for the shower radiating from the constellation Leo after midnight. Visible in northern and southern hemispheres. LinkEnds:
2019/11/20

Geminids Meteor Shower

Starts:
2019/12/06
The Geminids originate from 3200 Phaethon which is an asteroid whose orbit takes it close to the sun. The heat of the sun causes a dust tail to be formed which gives rise to the Geminids. The Geminids are known for producing up to 60 multicolored meteors per hour at their peak at around the 13th-14th December. although some meteors should be visible from December 6 - 19. Best viewing is usually to the east after midnight. Visible in northern and southern hemispheres. LinkEnds:
2020/02/19

Ursids Meteor Shower

Starts:
2019/12/17
The Ursids appear to be linked to the comet 8P/Tuttle. They produce around 10 meteors per hour at their peak and can be seen in the northern hemisphere after midnight. LinkEnds:
2020/02/23

December Solstice

At:
2019/12/22 04:19
The shortest day for the northern hemisphere and the longest for the southern hemisphere.

Annular Solar Eclipse

Starts:
2019/12/26 02:29:43
A large annular eclipse will cover 97% of the Sun, creating a dramatic spectacle for observers in a path up to 118 km wide; it will last 3 minutes and 40 seconds at the point of maximum eclipse. It will be seen from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, and Oman, across southern India and Sri Lanka, to Indonesia and Malaysia. The partial eclipse will be visible across the Middle East, south-east Asia, and Australasia. LinkEnds:
2019/12/26 08:05:36

Quadrantids Meteor Shower

Starts:
2020/01/01 12:00
The object responsible for the origin of the Quadrantids is not certain. This shower is often difficult to observe because it has a very sharp peak in activity which lasts only for a few hours. The peak occurs around the 3rd/4th January with around 90 meteors per hour. Visible in the northern hemisphere. LinkEnds:
2020/01/12 12:00

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Starts:
2020/01/10 17:07:45
At maximum eclipse, 90% of the Moon's disc will be partially shaded by the Earth, which will cause a slight shadow gradient across its disc; this subtle effect may be visible to careful observers. No part of the Moon will be in complete shadow. The eclipse will last 4 hours and 5 minutes overall, and will be visible from Africa, Europe, Asia, Alaska, and Australia. LinkEnds:
2020/01/10 21:12:19