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Solar System Events Calendar 2020 - 2021

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

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:

Total Solar Eclipse

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

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:

December Solstice

2020/12/21 10:03
The shortest day for the northern hemisphere and the longest for the southern hemisphere. Planet Earth's South Pole is pointing as close as it can towards the Sun.

Quadrantids Meteor Shower

2021/01/01 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:
2021/01/12 12:00