We often wonder how beautiful the sky is! It’s large, glowing and starry.
But when you’ll get to know about the star charts of the night sky calendar 2018. You’ll be left with a mouth wide open.
And eager than ever!
So let’s find out what’s so special about the night sky calendar of 2018.
On the very second day of the year, we’ll get to the first full moon of the year. And the moon may look vaguely larger and brighter than usual. And on the next day we will get to witness the Quadrantids Meteor Shower. It peaks this year on the night of the 3rd and morning of the 4th.
By the end of the month, the Moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the Sun and its face will be fully illuminated. Since this is the second full moon in the same month, it is sometimes referred to as a blue moon, accompanied by a total lunar eclipse.
Moreover, the eclipse will be visible throughout most of western North America, eastern Asia, Australia, and the Pacific Ocean.
By the mid of February, A partial solar eclipse will be visible in parts of Chile, Argentina, and Antarctica.
On March 15, the planet Mercury will be at its greatest eastern elongation of 18.4 degrees from the Sun. Look for the planet low in the western sky just after sunset!
On April 22 & 23, we’ll get to spectate Lyrids Meteor Shower. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Lyra but would be visible anywhere in the sky. Woah!
Eta Aquarids meteor shower peaks this year on the night of May 6 and the morning of the May 7. And will be best viewed after midnight, in a dark location.
On May 9, the giant planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. This will be the best time to view and photograph Jupiter and its moons. Through a medium-sized telescope. A good pair of binoculars should allow you to see Jupiter’s four largest moons too! Believe me, it’ll be so amusing!
Finally, on June 21, the June Solstice will occur which is the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of winter in the Southern Hemisphere.
Additionally, Saturn will be at its closest approach to Earth on June 27. This is the best time to view and photograph Saturn and its moons.
Thereafter on July 13, a partial solar eclipse will be seen in Southern Australia and Antarctica. Succeeded by a total lunar eclipse, visible throughout the world on July 27. On the very same day, the red planet will be at its closest to the Earth. A telescope will allow you to see the dark details on the planet’s orange surface.
A treat to the eyes will be perceived on July 28 & 29 with the Delta Aquarids meteor shower.
On 11 August, a partial solar eclipse will be best seen in northern Russia with 68% coverage. Followed by the Perseids meteor shower. Of course, which is one of the best meteor showers
to observe, indeed!
Furthermore, a week later, the planet Venus reaches greatest eastern elongation of 45.9 degrees from the Sun. And will be at its highest point. Look for the bright planet in the western sky after sunset!
Next month, another planet, that is Neptune will be at its closest approach to Earth but will only appear as a tiny blue dot in all but the most powerful telescopes.
On October 8, Draconids meteor shower will be observed. And this will be an excellent year to observe the Draconids because there will be no moonlight to spoil the show! Happy viewing people! And it’ll be followed by the Orionids meteor shower, a fortnight later.
Taurids meteor shower and the Leonids meteor shower will be seen on November 5 & 6 and November 17 & 18 respectively.
Coming to the last month of the year we will see the Geminids meteor shower in the mid-December. And finally the December solstice on December 21, the longest night of the year!
On the very same day, meteors will radiate from the constellation Ursa Minor leaving us all wonderstruck.
So keep your binoculars handy and have a glowing viewing throughout the year! Let our lives shine like the beautiful sky.