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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.

Geminids Meteor Shower

Starts:
2019/12/06
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:
2020/02/19

Ursids Meteor Shower

Starts:
2019/12/17
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:
2020/02/23

March Equinox

At:
2020/03/20 03:50
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:
2020/04/16 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:
2020/04/25 12:00

Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower

Starts:
2020/04/21 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:
2020/05/20 12:00