When Will The Most Important Astronomy Phenomenons Of 2020 Happen?
When Will The Most Important Astronomy Phenomenons Of 2020 Happen? The year 2020 will be an exciting year for astronomers and amateur observers.
Major celestial events are expected to occur during this year, including the supermoon, meteorite rains, a solar eclipse and the “kissing” of the planets.
Four Super Months
The phenomenon of seeing the Moon much larger and brighter than it normally is called the “Super Moon”.
Since the Moon’s orbit around the Earth is elliptical, its distance from the Earth changes over the course of the year.
When the Moon is closest to the Earth, if the Moon is close to the full moon, the Super Moon occurs.
The first Super Moon of the year can be seen on February 9, others on March 9, April 8 and May 7.
Perseid Meteor Shower
Meteor showers are one of the most anticipated sky events that can be watched every night from mid-July to mid-August.
This phenomenon, which occurs when the number of meteorites hitting the Earth’s atmosphere increases, is called a meteor shower or Star shift.
This event occurs every year as the Earth passes through pieces of meteorite in space. The number of meteors that hit and tore through the atmosphere could be 80 km per hour.
The most famous meteor shower is the Perseid rain that peaks in August every year. The Perseid meteor is a tiny part of the comet named Swift-Tuttle.
This year’s meteor shower peaks on the night of August 12th.
Sunsets Between Manhattanhenge And New York Buildings
This phenomenon is familiar to people living in New York City. The sun is in perfect alignment with Manhattan’s famous crossing of streets, and the sun disappears among the skyscrapers.
Manhattanhenge occurs twice a year: May 29 and July 13. However, on May 30 and July 12, half the sun can be observed between the skyscrapers. The best spots to observe are 42, 57, 34, 23 and 14th Street.
Geminid Meteor Shower
Geminid meteor shower is a space event observed in December every year. As the Earth moves in orbit around the Sun, 3200 passes through scattered pieces from the small planet Phaethon.
When these pieces enter the atmosphere, they scatter light. It is possible to see 120 meteors per hour on a dark night. Their speed has dropped to 130 thousand km, so they can be observed more easily with the naked eye.
The peak date of this event will be December 14-15 this year.
Meteors are quite bright and can be observed in different colors. As in fireworks, the presence of substances such as sodium and calcium in these meteors causes the formation of color when they enter the atmosphere and start to burn.
Full Solar Eclipse
One of the rarest and most anticipated sky events, the full Solar eclipse will take place on December 14th this year.
At that time, the Moon will enter between the Sun and the Earth, and the Earth will be overshadowed by the Moon.
The solar eclipse can be best observed this year in New Zealand, Chile or Argentina in the southern hemisphere. Partial observation can also be made in the south of Brazil.
‘Kissing’ Of The Planets
Another space phenomenon will take place on December 21, when the winter solstice will take place in 2020: the intersection of Jupiter and Saturn.
These two giant planets of the solar system will come very close to each other just after sunset and appear to be “kissing.”
But from our perspective, the distance between planets that seem close will actually continue to be millions of kilometers.