Published on Dec 21, 2018
2018 was an exciting year for avid stargazers. In retrospective summary, it began with the Super Blood Moon and ended with the passing of Comet 46P/Wirtanen. The stargazing events in 2019 could be as wonderful as the last. In January this year, a Super Blue Blood Moon rose across the sky, stunning stargazers around the world. Next year is set to be another year filled with astronomical events. Super Blood Moon Eclipse On January 20 and 21, a Super Blood Moon will rise across the winter skies. This sees a Super Moon, Blood Moon and the January Wolf Moon all coincide to create the phenomenal event. January’s full Moon is known as a Wolf Moon due to in Native American times, wolves would appear outside villages and howl in hunger at the Moon. A Blood Moon is when the Moon takes a reddish hue, as it refracts light only in the red spectrum. Venus and Jupiter Conjunction The day after the Super Blood Wolf Moon, on January 22 a beautiful conjunction of two planets will take place. Venus and Jupiter will be just 2.4 degrees apart in the eastern sky during pre-dawn. There is another chance this could happen later in the year on November 24, when the planets may be even closer - just 1.4 degrees apart after sunset. Blue Moon Ther is a Blue Moon on May 2019. The May 18, full moon is a Blue Moon according to an older definition of the term. It’s a seasonal Blue Moon: the third of four full moons to occur in a single season. A Blue Moon by this definition only comes 7 times in 19 calendar years. Total Solar Eclipse In July, a rare total eclipse will take place. This total solar eclipse will be visible from small parts of Chile and Argentina just before sunset. Some regions in the Pacific and in South America, including locations in Ecuador, Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay will see a partial solar eclipse, if the weather permits. Those in the areas it is visible can witness it on July 2, 2019, but remember to wear eye protection as the sun's rays can damage your eyes. Black Moon Rising There are many intriguing Moons, the Full Moon, the Supermoon, the Blue Moon, the Blood Moon, the Pink Moon and so many more. None, however, are as intriguing, or mysterious as the Black Moon. This rare Moon occurs just once every 32 months, and is set to rise on July 2019. The Black Moon refers to the second New Moon within a month. And while the Moon itself will be pretty much invisible, it will, nonetheless, provide an incredible opportunity for stargazing since there will be a whole lot of darkness in the night sky. Rare Transit of Mercury Across the Sun Towards the end of the year on November 11, the last Transit of Mercury until 2032 will occur. This is where the disk of Mercury appears to cross the disk of the Sun as seen from Earth. It will be best seen from the eastern US, Central America and South America. This is an event that only happens 13 times per century and will next take place on November 13, 2032. A Spectacular ‘Ring of Fire’ Eclipse In December, a rare Annular Solar Eclipse will take place, known as a Ring of Fire eclipse. This event is when the Moon is a micro Moon, the furthest away from Earth it could possibly be - opposite to a supermoon. This means that during the eclipse a ring appears around the Moon, as the Sun’s rays peek around the smaller Moon. As this is a solar eclipse, to observe it you will have to wear safety glasses or else risk damaging your eyes. Clear Skies Everyone! Have a wonderful holidays season! Wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! https://earthsky.org/tonight/supermoo... https://earthsky.org/tonight/venus-ju... https://telescopicwatch.com/must-see-... https://www.express.co.uk/news/scienc...