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Lunar Events 2013

LUNAR CALENDAR

Month New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter
January 11 18 27 5
February 10 17 25 3
March 11 19 27 4
April 10 18 25 3
May 10 18 25 2, 31
June 8 16 23 30
July 8 16 22 29
August 6 14 21 28
September 5 12 19 27
October 5 11 18 26
November 3 10 17 25
December 3 9 17 25

 

ECLIPSES

April 25: Partial Lunar Eclipse occurs when the northern half of the full Moon passes through Earth's shadow.

May 10: Annular Solar Eclipse occurs when the sun and the moon are exactly in line, but the moon appears to be smaller than the sun leaving a bright ring around the moon at the time of eclipse. Viisble in Australia, New Zealand and the central Pacific.

May 25: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth’s penumbra. The penumbra causes a subtle darkening of the Moon's surface.

October 18: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth’s penumbra. The penumbra causes a subtle darkening of the Moon's surface.

November 3: Hybrid Solar Eclipse shifts between a total and annular eclipse. At certain point, a hybrid eclipse appears as a total eclipse, whereas at other points it appears as annular, depending on the location where the eclipse is being viewed from Earth. This eclipse can be viewed from the Eastern Americas, Southern Europe and Africa.

METEOR SHOWERS

Meteor showers, often the result of Earth passing through the dust trail left of a passing comment, are named after the constellation from which meteors appear to radiate. The brightness of the Moon can affect visibility. The most visible showers in 2010 will be the Perseid and Geminid showers.

Peak Date Shower Hourly Rate Moon Phase
January 2 Quadrantids 40 Wanning gibbous
April 21 Lyrids 15 First quarter
May 5 Eta Aquarids 20 Last quarter
August 11-12 Perseids 60 Waxing cresent
October 21 Orionids 30 Waxing gibbous
November 16 Leonids 20 Waxing gibbous
December 12-13 Geminids 60-80 First quarter

 

PLANET WATCHING

Five planets can be seen with the unaided eye and are often brighter than most stars.

Planets visible throughout the night include Mars (January 29), Jupiter (September 21) and Saturn (March 22).

From August 1-14, Mercury, Venus, Mars and Saturn will be clustered together low in the west, visible with the naked eye after sunset. On August 11 and 12th, Jupiter will join the 4 planets, along with the cresent Moon.

Planet Morning Sky Evening Sky
Mercury Jan 5 - Mar 13
April 29 - Jun 27
Sept 4 - Oct 15
Dec 20 - 31
Jan 1 - 3
Mar 15 - Apr 27
Jun 29 - Sept 2
Oct 17 - Dec 18
Feb 7 - Oct 14
Venus Jan 1 - 7
Nov 11 - Dec 31
Feb 7 - Oct 14
Mars Jan 1 - 29 Jan 29 - Dec 31
Jupiter Mar 3 - Sept 21 Jan 1 - Feb 26
Sept 21 - Dec 31
Saturn Jan 1 - Sept 30 Oct 15 - Dec 31

 

 

 

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