Planet Watching Guide For 2017

Posted: Jan 3 2017, 3:54am CST | by , Updated: Jan 3 2017, 4:38am CST, in News | Latest Science News

 

Planet Watching Guide for 2017
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  • Top 7 Sky Events of 2017
 

2017 Guide for sky watchers: when, where and how to watch the planets

In 2017 the major meteor shower includes Quadrantid meteor, and the moon won’t interfere with the shower. But, Quadrantid produce50 to 100 meteors most of time, but in 2017 they have narrow peak. Though Perseid and Gemeinid peaks persist but Quadrantid peek has short life of few hours.

You can see its peek if you are at exact location where it appears. The meteor shower supports northern hemisphere, as the radiant point exists in the north. January has 5 exciting events that would attract astronomy lovers.

January 3, 4- Quadrantids Meteor Shower 

The annual meteor shower will appear in the second week of January, and at its peak on 3, 4 Jan. it will appear on Jan 3 after the midnight, and will be visible from northern hemisphere anywhere in the night sky.

January 12- Full Moon 

Will occur on January 12 when moons face will be opposite to earth entirely lit by the sun. January’s full moon is also known as wolf moon by Native American’s tribes, because wolf packs used to howl a lot in full moon. Moon after Yule also appears near Gemini stars. Jan 12’s full moon will appear at night, and sometime in the day on other dates.

January 12- Venus at Greatest Eastern Elongation 

Venus will reach eastern hemisphere of 47.1 degree from the sun, and at the highest point on horizon. People will see it in the west on January 12 4 hrs after sunset. It will also appear in the night from 4.3 to 4.6 magnitudes.

January 19- Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation 

Mercury the smallest planet of the solar system will reach in the west at 24.1 degrees from the sun on Jan 19. Morning sky would give a best view of mercury from northern hemisphere. The planet can also be seen in the eastern sky near 45 minutes before sunrise.

January 28- New Moon 

Moon when not getting light from the sun will appear on Jan 28. Absence of moon will leave a way for watching distant galaxies as well as star clutters. Not only telescope, even a naked eye could see the stars.

Feb 11- Comet 456

First half of February would be good for sky watchers because a comet swing would appear near earth. COMET 45P/HMP will be moving towards the outer solar system. After zipping around the constellations Aquila and Hercules it will appear in earth’s dawn skies. It will reach 7.7 miles from earth on feb11, and would be so bright that the naked eye will see it. The comet will look like a fuz ball in the distant sky, according to NationalGeographic.

Feb 26- Annular Eclipse

A ring of fire will appear in the southern hemisphere, and it would be an eclipse of sun known as annual solar eclipse. This eclipse happens when moon can’t cover the entire sun due to small size and create a bright ring around the dark silhouette. The eclipse starts its journey from the South Pacific Ocean, and after crossing South America, and reaches Africa.  People from northern and southern hemisphere would see this partial solar eclipse.

March 29- Mercury, Mars, Moon

Time after sunset would be ideal for skeywatchers to watch thin crescent moon making attractive celestial triangle with mercury to the right and mars above it. Mercury will be very bright and also high on sky, and it will create an awesome view. Mostly such small and hidden starts are not much visible due to sun’s glare. But, March will bring a distant view of this meteor.

April 10- Moon Meets Jupiter

Jupiter will appear near Spica that’s a main star of Virgo, and it will stay there all year. April will bring great view of solar system being paired with the full moon, according to Space.com. Both will rise in the night in the east after the sun sets. Jupiter is expected to be brighter in the event, because it reached only three weeks before when the planet was very large on earth’s sky.

August 21- Total Solar Eclipse

North America’s sky watchers would love 2017, because they will have amazing views. Total solar eclipse will happen in august in the United States from coast to coast, changing skies into dark twilights for a little time, a narrow path from Oregon to the south to Carolina. This solar eclipse will appear in several cities in the US, whereas a small part of the eclipse will be visible around the entire continent. Don’t miss the event, because after this, it will appear in 2024 in North America.

Nov 13- Venus Joins Jupiter

On Nov 13, two bright celestial objects will reach earths sky near dawn. Venus and Jupiter will get close to the eastern sky. Both worlds will be at 18-arc minutes distance, and will be equal to half-moon’s width. The conjunction will happen low to the horizon that will make a bright event in the morning, easily visible by the telescopes.

Dec 13- Geminid Meteors

On Dec 13 the annual Geminid meteor shower will appear in America at night. The Geminid meteors are famous for being prolific with the rates as 60 to 120 for shooting stars an hour at peak hours. On Dec 14, the shower event will happen predawn hours, and would be best event for sky watchers.

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