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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.

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

2020/07/05 03:07:00
This very subtle penumbral eclipse eclipse will be essentially invisible to the naked eye; though it will last 2 hours and 45 minutes, just 35% of the Moon's disc will be in partial shadow (with no part of it in complete shadow). The full Moon itself will be visible from the Americas, south-west Europe, and western Africa. LinkEnds:
2020/07/05 05:52:00

Southern Delta Aquariids Meteor Shower

2020/07/12 12:00
This yearly meteor shower occurs when the Earth moves through the debris of the breakup of the Marsden and Kracht Sungrazing comets. It usually peaks around July 28th/29th and can peak at 15-20 meteors per hour. LinkEnds:
2020/08/23 12:00

Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Launch for Mars

2020/07/20 13:15
The Perseverance rover will search for signs of habitable conditions on Mars in the ancient past and for signs of past microbial life itself. The rover will launch on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (Launch Window: 9:15 a.m. -- 11:15 a.m. Eastern Time). It is scheduled to and touch down in Jezero crater on Mars on 18 February 2021. Link

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Perseid Meteor Shower

2020/07/23 12:00
This yearly meteor is caused by the comet Swift-Tuttle. It usually peaks around 12th/13th August and can peak at 80 meteors per hour. Visible in the northern hemisphere only. LinkEnds:
2020/08/20 12:00

Taurids Meteor Shower

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

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