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Solar System Events Calendar 2018

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.

Southern Delta Aquariids Meteor Shower

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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:

Perseid Meteor Shower

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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:

Total Lunar Eclipse

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A dramatic total eclipse lasting 1 hour and 43 minutes will plunge the full Moon into deep darkness, as it passes right through the centre of the Earth's umbral shadow. While the visual effect of a total eclipse is variable, the Moon may be stained a deep orange or red colour at maximum eclipse. This will be a great spectacle for everyone who sees it from Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. The partial eclipse will last for 3 hours and 55 minutes in total. LinkEnds:

Partial Solar Eclipse

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A moderate partial eclipse, with 74% of the Sun covered for viewers closest to the center, will create an interesting spectacle for observers from the Arctic, Greenland, Scandinavia, and north and east Asia. LinkEnds:

OSIRIS-REx begins rendezvous with asteroid Bennu

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NASA's Asteroid sample return mission begins it's approach phase when Bennu is just a point of light more than 2 million km away from the spacecraft. As OSIRIS-REx approaches the asteroid, it will use an array of small rocket thrusters to match the velocity of Bennu in its orbit around the Sun. Link

Taurids Meteor Shower

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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:

September Equinox

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Equinox day! For non-equatorial folk, get out your Summer or Winter clothes!

Orionids Meteor Shower

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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:

Draconids Meteor Shower

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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: