NASA Lists 2016 Celestial Events

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 12:52

NASA has published a calendar of notable celestial events including moon phases, meteor showers, eclipses, oppositions, conjunctions for the year 2016.

According to Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA), NASA has made a list of some of the most important astronomical events in the "Sky Events Calendar", which will help enthusiasts keep track of the sky by calculating the local date and time of all these celestial happenings, which among others include the moon phase cycle, solar and lunar eclipses and meteor showers.

Some of these events are as follows:

January 3, 4 - Quadrantids Meteor Shower: The Quadrantids is an above average shower, with up to 40 meteors per hour at its peak. The shower runs annually from January 1-5. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Bootes, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

May 6, 7 - Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower: The Eta Aquarids is an above average shower, capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. Most of the activity is seen in the Southern Hemisphere. In the Northern Hemisphere, the rate can reach about 30 meteors per hour. The shower runs annually from April 19 to May 28. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

August 12, 13 - Perseids Meteor Shower: The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. The shower runs annually from July 17 to August 24. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Perseus, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

March 9 - Total Solar Eclipse: A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon completely blocks the Sun, revealing the Sun's beautiful outer atmosphere known as the corona.

(NASA Map and Eclipse Information)

(NASA Interactive Google Map)

March 23 - Penumbral Lunar Eclipse: It occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth's partial shadow, or penumbra. During this type of eclipse the Moon will darken slightly but not completely.

(NASA Map and Eclipse Information)

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