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Solar System Events Calendar 2023

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.

Geminids Meteor Shower

Starts:
2022/12/06
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:
2023/02/19

Ursids Meteor Shower

Starts:
2022/12/17
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:
2023/02/23

March Equinox

At:
2023/03/20 21:24
It's 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 because planet Earth is spinning side on to the Sun.

Lyrids Meteor Shower

Starts:
2023/04/16 12:00
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:
2023/04/25 12:00

Hybrid Solar Eclipse

Starts:
2023/04/20 01:34:00
It's called a hybrid because for people who are viewing the eclipse along the center of the path the moons shadow, the people closest to the moon will experience a total eclipse (where the sun goes black) and others who are further from the moon will see an annular eclipse (where the sun peaks around the moons edge and looks like a ring of light). The Sun will be darkened for 1 minute and 16 seconds by a dramatic hybrid eclipse covering a narrow path at most 49 km wide. This will be a sight worth seeing, and will be visible in extreme north-western Australia, East Timor, and Indonesia. The partial eclipse will be visible across Australia and southeast Asia. LinkEnds:
2023/04/20 06:59:00

Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower

Starts:
2023/04/21 12:00
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:
2023/05/20 12:00