If you want to start stargazing, the following year is the perfect time to begin. In 2020 be ready for the celestial highlights of the next twelve months.
The ring of fire eclipse
The Earth already had solstice eclipse on Christmas day, but the next annular eclipse that is going to happen in 2020, will be magnificent.
During the solstice, June 21, 2020, the view of a bright ring around the moon will bring fading light and sight of the solar corona to intrepid eclipse-chasers.
The super-short solar eclipse will last approximately 23 seconds. It will be an excellent opportunity for spectators from Oman, Ethiopia, and Tibet.
2020 Total solar eclipse
If you have never seen nature’s most fabulous displays, the famous “hole in the sky,” you will have the chance on December 14, 2020. It will take 24 minutes for the moon’s central shadow to cross Argentina and Chile. The observers around Chile’s Lake District and the region of Patagonia in Argentina will catch 2 minutes and 9 seconds totality.
When the moon, the sun and the Earth are almost aligned, and the moon drifts into our planet’s shadow for a few hours, then we have a penumbral lunar eclipse. There will be four in 2020. Perhaps these are not some dramatic events, but the sight of a light grey moon is still a strange sight for passionate moon gazers. Check now when they are happening and from which part of the world they can be visible:
– Wolf moon eclipse (January 10, 2020) visible in Europe, Africa, Australia, and Asia. It will occur after Christmas Eclipse, and it’s the most impressive penumbral lunar eclipse in the following year.
– Strawberry moon eclipse (June 5, 2020) will be visible in Africa, Asia, and Australia. It will occur two weeks before the annular solar eclipse.
– Thunder moon eclipse (July 5, 2020) visible in North America, South America, and Africa. It will occur after the annular solar eclipse.
– Frosty moon eclipse (November 29-30, 2020) visible in Australia, North and South America, and East Asia. It will occur before the total solar eclipse in South America.
Three super moons
There will be three super full moons in 2020. Look east at moonrise or west at moonset, if you want to enjoy their large size and brightness.
– Super worm moon: March 9
– Super pink moon: April 8
– Super flower moon: May 7
Most of the major meteor showers in 2019, marred during bright moonlight, so this year was not a good year for shooting stars. But 2020 is promising three meteor showers.
– Lyrids meteor shower: April 21-22
– Leonids meteor shower: November 16-17
– Geminids meteor shower: December 13-14
On December 21, 2020, is the date of the “appulse” or the “great conjunction.” During the appulse, Jupiter and Saturn will appear amazingly close together when the sunsets. The last time when this phenomenon happened was in 2000. From the Earth, both planets will appear as one because they will be 733 million miles from each other and 1620 million miles from our world.