Do you like to watch the sky and watch the cosmos in full screen? This year, you will have plenty of opportunities to do with nine more meteor showers that should be visible by the end of 2021.

Do you like to watch the sky and watch the cosmos in full screen? This year, you will have plenty of opportunities to do with nine more meteor showers that should be visible by the end of 2021.

Happy New Year everyone I can't believe we're in 2021! Happy 50th birthday to my fellow graduates from North Smithfield High School in 1971 Maybe later this year, we can celebrate this important milestone in our lives For now, I will focus on some of the astronomical highlights of 2021 We are always at the mercy of the local weather in southern New England, but I hope when the sky is clear, you will venture outside to experience some of Mother Nature's beautiful stargazing events

We are fortunate that the sky gods have provided us sky watchers in the northern hemisphere with a decent meteor shower to start the new year On the night of January 2-3, the peak of the Quadrantid meteor shower has occurred These fast shooting stars are blazing in the sky at 25 years 5 miles per second Usually blue in color, quadrantids can appear anywhere in the sky, but their radiant point (the area of ​​the sky where the meteors seem to come from) is not far from the end star, Alkaid, of the Big Dipper. manipulate From midnight to dawn, this area of ​​the sky rose higher and higher above the northeast horizon

While the Quadrantid meteor shower can produce up to 100 meteors per hour during peak, 60 smaller meteors per hour were probably under a moonless sky

Moreover, the 2 January, the Earth was at perihelion – closest to the Sun for the year Why, so, is this time of year usually so cold for us in New England? The northern hemisphere we are in is tilted away from the Sun because the Earth's axis of rotation remains fixed in space in its solar orbit Here is a brief video review on this topic: https: // wwwYoutubecom / watch? v = NweLxtmnzv4 Head to the southern hemisphere if you want to bask in the more direct rays of the sun

For you early risers, during the first week of January, you can still see the brilliant Venus low in the southeast sky before sunrise Venus will soon be unobservable as it is getting closer to the Sun from our perspective in space Venus will return to the evening sky very low after sunset sun in the west-northwest in early June

The innermost planet in the solar system, Mercure, can only be seen as it moves away from the Sun when viewed from Earth. We can observe Mercury in the eastern sky before sunrise, or in the western sky after sunset These events are called aspect ratios Some aspect ratios are better than others

January 24, Mercury will appear low in the southwestern sky within 10 degrees from the horizon at the end of twilight Another stretch of evening occurs on the night of 17 May, at about 12 degrees above the north-northwest horizon also at the end of dusk. For early risers, there is a morning stretch in October 25, when Mercury appears at about 10 degrees above the east-south-east horizon These dates will provide you with the best opportunity to get a glimpse of this hellish world (unless you had the chance to see its transit through the face of the Sun last November. 11)

Do you remember where you stored your solar eclipse glasses after the 21, eclipse 2017? well, I warn you in advance to find them in view of the partial solar eclipse of 10 June. This event will be somewhat unique, in that the eclipse will already be in progress as the sun rises that morning You are going to need a clear view of the northeast horizon to witness the start of this event The Sun will become visible, peeking over the horizon, around 5:15 am When the Sun completely erases the horizon two minutes later, 53% of the solar surface will already be covered by the Moon The average or maximum eclipse occurs at 5 h 32m when 72% of the solar surface will be darkened After this period, the Moon will move away from the Sun and the eclipse will end at 6: 31am From start to finish for us in Rhode Island, the duration of this eclipse will be about an hour and 17 minutes I will provide a more detailed article about the details, including precautions on how to observe it safely, in my June column

Moreover, there is another locally visible eclipse in 2021, but this time it's a partial lunar eclipse Shortly after midnight in the morning of November 19, the full beaver moon will slide through the dark shadow of the Earth The eclipse will begin to 1:20 am EST with the Moon high in the sky, 64 degrees above the southern horizon In the middle of the eclipse, or when most of the lunar surface is submerged in the shadow, occurs at 4:20 am et 97% of the lunar disk will be eclipsed After this moment, the Moon will begin to slide out of the Earth's shadow For us here, the Moon will set below the west-northwest horizon at 6:50 am before the end of the eclipse This eclipse will take place with the Moon in the constellation Taurus Before the start of the eclipse, you may notice the Hyades and Pleiades star clusters above and to the left of the Moon. As the brightness of the Full Moon decreases as it enters the Earth's shadow, watch these star clusters emerge as if someone is varying a dimmer. I will provide more details in my November column.

I'm a little optimistic that later this year, local observatories will be able to resume public observation sessions Frosty Drew has remained open under strict COVID-19 mitigation protocols Check their website for details Anyway, while the other observatories remain closed, visit their respective websites for a wealth of astronomical information

Some of the topics highlighted in this column may be covered in depth as the date of the event approaches

Please extract and save the following graph showing the meteor shower viewing outlook from 2021 These shooting star displays just need your eyes, a dark sky and patience to enjoy it

The author has been involved in the field of observational astronomy in Rhode Island for over 35 years old He is a Skyscrapers Inc historian, the second largest continuously operating amateur astronomical society in the United States

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