Stargazing or Amateur Astronomy is a hobby which is observing and imaging celestial bodies we’ve adopted from our ancient ancestors. We’ve used this activity for various reasons either for navigation, constellations, calendars, and mapping. This exercise paved the way for many scientific explorations that we do commit up to this day.
One of the apparent reason why we commit to such activity is to unravel the contents of our universe. Stars, comets, asteroids, and planets are a speck of what is out there in the galaxies.
With the assistance of advanced technology, capturing and recording these astronomical events is much easier. We even have a 24-hour live video from space stations on Youtube. Hence, experiencing these astronomical events is much comfortable and worthwhile.
So, for stargazers out there, who’s been on the lookout for space events, this 2019, we are expecting not just one, not two, but five astronomical events that will surely tick off your bucket list.
The first one was the TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE happened last January 21, 2019. It was about an hour and two minutes of darkness as the shadow of the moon covered the earth. Mostly, the event was highly visible at the South and North America and the Western parts of Europe. The event was extra special since it coincides with the supermoon.
Second is THE SUPERMOONS which happened the same day as with the TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE. It was the first appearance of the supermoon. So, if you missed it, don’t frown, as two more appearances will follow it. The two supermoons will commence on February 12, 2019, and March 21, 2019. Science suggests that these supermoon appearances will emit 15 to 30 percent more brightness, and also it cause large tides for a day or two after.
The third astronomical event will happen on February 13, 2019, and most astronomers are anticipating for this event. Why? That’s because an appulse is about to happen. An appulse means celestial bodies appear closer for a short period. With that being said, Mars and Uranus will remarkably look closer to each other in the night time in conjunction with the same rate of right ascension according to the astronomers.
On November 11, 2019, Mercury will transit to the sun. The event will last for five hours, and 30 minutes. Due to this transit, stargazers can see Mercury passing through the sun. According to most astronomers, this event happened for only 13 times since the 21st century.
The last astronomical event for 2019 is the Geminid Meteor Shower on December 12 to 16. This spectacular astronomical event is usually slow-moving and produces about 100 meteors per hour. This year, however, it will reduce its radiance due to the full moon occurrence.
Furthermore, if these astronomical events happening in 2019 doesn’t excite you, astronomers are studying the occurrence of these celestial events in 2020 such as the Super Blue Moon, Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, Lunar Eclipse at apogee, Leonids, Mercury transitions, Eta Aquariids, Quadrantids meteor shower and a lot more.