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13 astronomical events to pay attention this 2013

13 astronomical events to pay attention this 2013

(C) Stéphane Guisard

People from Space.com collected all major astronomical events we can expect for next year. Something perfect to mark your calendar now for the 2013 to expect the following milestones:

  1. January 21: Today the Moon, with a 78% light, will pass within one degree south of Jupiter, being the closest conjunction between our natural satellite and the largest planet in the solar system until 2026.
  2. 2 to 23 February: During this period, the smallest planet in our solar system (Pluto fly high!) Will travel far enough from the sun to be visible in the a little after dark.
  3. 24 to 10 March: It is expected that in those days the comet PANSTARRS , only discovered in 2011, showing a beautiful sight with its tail when it will pass closer to the Sun, “only” about 45 million miles.
  4. April 25: A small partial lunar eclipse will be visible from the Eastern Hemisphere (Europe, Africa, Australia and much of Asia), where the shadow of the Earth will plug a little less than 2% of the diameter of the moon (which further demonstrate empirically that the Earth is round for shade).
  5. May 9: This day will occur Annular solar eclipse, when the long shadow cone of the moon fails to reach Earth, so we will see only 4.5% smaller than the disk of the Sun , so the effect is like a beautiful ‘ ring of fire ‘.
  6. 24 to 30 May: Mercury, Venus and Jupiter will dance in the sky for all those days markedly changing their positions from one night to the next.
  7. June 23: At exactly 11:32 GMT will be full moon, but 32 minutes before our natural satellite will be about as close to Earth in 2013 (about 356,991 km.). This means it will be a ‘superluna’, so it will take heavy seas during the following days.
  8. August 12: Annual event will occur most envied by those who reside reside in the southern hemisphere (where we can not observe), the Perseid meteor shower, popularly known as the Tears of San Lorenzo, where rocks fall at a rate that can reach 90 meteors per hour.
  9. October 18: Another lunar eclipse, penumbral this time (when the Moon passes through the Earth’s shadow, but by its penumbra). In its culminating moment, 76% of the lunar surface will be immersed in the dark, so we will see a bit darker than usual.
  10. November 3: There will be a solar eclipse that will travel around 13,600 kilometers of the earth’s surface, which change quickly nullify total, so it is called a “hybrid eclipse ‘.
  11. From mid-November to December: Comet ISON (only discovered this 2012 by two amateur astronomers Russians) will only 1.2 million kilometers of the Sun on November 28, where it will be possible to observe the day. In fact since it is estimated that it could be one of the most observed comets in history.
  12. All December: Venus, the brightest planet in our system, as will be clear that you can see up to three hours after sunrise earlier this month, and an hour and a half and for the coming new year eve. The ‘Morning Star’ will not be as bright until 2021.
  13. 13 to 14 December: Occur Geminid meteor shower, which is thought to be brighter than the Perseids which is estimated to be able to observe about 120 meteors per hour.

Link: Look Up! 13 Must-See Events Stargazing in 2013 (Space.com)

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