We are giving you a guide for all the skywatchers for this season, starting in May ending in July. Maybe we wouldn’t be able to see all of the spectacular celestial events, because the main obstacle is our position, our point of view. But, for sure, we will see many lunar eclipses, a ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse, and a lot of ultra-bright planets. All of them will be a spectacle, especially in the night dark skies.
May’s Eta Aquarids meteor shower.
The astronomers predicted to reach its peak on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, but in fact, this meteor shower has started on April 19, and it will last until May 31, making 60 meteors per hour. The estimated 60 meteors will be visible for the observers located on the equator and the Southern Hemisphere. Unfortunately, this event is very close to the full moon, which will lower the visibility of the shooting stars, but some of them will still light the night sky across the world.
‘Super Flower Moon’ is happening on May 7, 2020.
The name of this moon has come from its period of appearance, the spring. The flowers blossom in spring, and this full moon is called Super Flower Moon. A celestial object is called a Supermoon when it is in its closest point to Earth. The Super Flower Moon appears to be brighter and more massive than the average one, and it will be a fascinating experience and a fantastic sight.
Stargazing in June 2020
Lookout for Mercury on June 4
Right after the sunset, the planet will be tiny, and at its ‘greatest eastern elongation.’ As a consequence of this, the planet will be positioned low on the western horizon, and this event will last shortly after the sunset.
‘Strawberry Moon Eclipse’ on June 5
The strawberry moon eclipse is happening precisely two weeks before an annular solar eclipse. The penumbral lunar eclipse will see 57% of the Moon hidden by Earth’s outer shadow, and that will cut the moon’s light. The spectacle will be visible from Asia, Africa, and Australia. For the rest of the world, this event won’t be noticeable, but they will see a beautiful full moon – and its appearance will be the best at moonrise and moonset.
‘Occultation of Venus’ on June 19
From time to time, the Moon comes across a bright planet. This year it will occur on June 19. The 4% -lit waning gibbous Moon hides Venus entirely, and this event will be visible for the people who live in the northeast U.S. Region.
‘Solstice Ring of Fire Solar Eclipse’ on June 21
Precisely fourteen days after the lunar eclipse is happening solar eclipses, on the same date of the June solstice.
A very bright circle made of sunlight will appear around the Moon, and it will last for a whole minute. The spectacle will be visible from Africa, the Middle East, northern India, and of course, southern China. Most of the Eclipse-chasers will miss this event because the flights are banned. The travel bans are the consequence of the coronavirus pandemic and the prevention of its spread. But, many eclipse-chasers and astronomers within the’ path of annularity’ that will catch and stream it online. So we don’t have to be in despair.
Stargazing in July 2020
‘Thunder Moon Eclipse’ is happening on July 4 or 5.
The following event is happening two weeks later. It represents the third celestial event of summer’s eclipse season. But, this one won’t be very visible for the moon-gazers as they are used to. The’ Thunder Moon Eclipse’ will get into Earth’s outer space shadow. This moon’s appearance will be visible starting from South America, North America, and Africa, and it loses 35% of the light it transmits. This event should be expected on July 4, the Independence Day of the U.S. The next time this event is estimated to happen is on the days after Thanksgiving 2020.
‘Jupiter at Opposition’ on July 14.
Every year, precisely one day, Earth is positioned between the Sun and each planet. During this time, that planet seems to be the brightest. On July 14, Jupiter has that honor. For this event, we will need a small telescope, and we will see the distinctive cloud bands. If you don’t own a telescope, you can use binoculars, and you will quickly notice the four largest moons. The’ opposition’ is the best day for the amateur astronomers’ diaries.
‘Saturn at opposition’ on July 20.
As we already said, Earth slides in between Sun and every planet, so Saturn is not an exclusion. After precisely six days from the event’ Jupiter at opposition,’ comes’ Saturn at opposition.’ If you have never seen the giant planets and its rings, this is a perfect time. You should use your telescope, and if you don’t have one, borrow. The conditions will be ideal. It will be New Moon that day, escorted with dark skies, the perfect conditions for stargazing.
Delta Aquarids meteor shower is happening on July 28 and 29.
Running from July 12 through August 23, we could witness around 20 shooting stars per minute from this meteor shower.