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Solar System Events Calendar 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:
2020/09/10 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:
2020/11/20 12:00

September Equinox

At:
2020/09/22 13:31
Equinox day! For non-equatorial folk, get out your Summer or Winter clothes!

Orionids Meteor Shower

Starts:
2020/10/02 12:00
The Orionids are generated by dust from Halley's Comet. It produces about 20 meteors per hour at its peak - usually on the 21st, but it is highly irregular. A good show could be experienced on any morning from October 20 - 25. Best viewing is east after midnight. Visible in northern and southern hemispheres. LinkEnds:
2020/11/07 12:00

Draconids Meteor Shower

Starts:
2020/10/6 12:00
The Draconids are generated by dust from comet 21 P/ Giacobini-Zinner. It usually produces a low number of meteors per hour but has on occasion been spectacular. Visible to people in the northern hemisphere and people near the equator in the southern hemisphere. LinkEnds:
2020/10/8 12:00

Leonids Meteor Shower

Starts:
2020/11/13
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:
2020/11/20

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Starts:
2020/11/30 07:32:00
This subtle penumbral eclipse eclipse may be visible to a skilled observer at maximum eclipse. 83% of the Moon's disc will be partially shaded by the Earth (none of it will be in total shadow), which will cause a gentle shadow gradient across its disc at maximum; the eclipse as a whole will last 4 hours and 21 minutes. The Moon will be visible from east Asia, Australia, and the Americas. LinkEnds:
2020/11/30 11:53:00

Geminids Meteor Shower

Starts:
2020/12/06
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:
2021/02/19

Total Solar Eclipse

Starts:
2020/12/14 13:33:00
A dramatic total eclipse will plunge the Sun into darkness for 2 minutes and 10 seconds at maximum, creating an amazing spectacle for observers in a path up to 90 km wide. It will be seen from the Pacific to the Atlantic via Chile and Argentina. The partial eclipse will be visible over southern South America. LinkEnds:
2020/12/14 18:53:00

Ursids Meteor Shower

Starts:
2020/12/17
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:
2021/02/23