Friday, 2 February 2018

Don't miss these Astronomical events in this February

February 2018 welcomes us with good opportunities to be a part of many different astronomical events. Planet Saturn comes in the view on 11th. Mars and Antares will be paving their sight the very next day and There are will be a new moon and a partial solar eclipse coming in the mid-February. 

Saturn and Moon - 11/2/2018
You can see planet Saturn near the moon, on the early morning of 11th February, just beside the moon, as a shiny object.
SATURN : By NASA / JPL / Space Science Institute [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Mars; Next day - 12/2/2018
Planet Mars and the Star Antares of the Scorpio constellation will be seen in the early morning of 12th February. You can identify them by two orange colored bright objects in the South East sky.
Mars : By ESA - European Space Agency & Max-Planck Institute for Solar System Research for OSIRIS Team ESA/MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/RSSD/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA [CC BY-SA 3.0-igo (], via Wikimedia Commons

The New Moon on February 15, 2018
The new moon is the first phase of the all lunar phases we see regularly.  The lunar phase is nothing, but the shape of the moon which we usually see illuminated as silvery due to the reflection of sunlight. The new moon is the first phase, which gradually cycles and comes again once in every 29 continuous days. The new moon isn't actually the absence of the moon, but a faint lunar phase will be present. Unfortunately, this will be very faint for naked eyes, hence we will be seeing no moon and there won't be any moonlight to cast our shadows. Thus the night will be darker than usual.

During this New moon, on 15th, the Moon will be located on opposite side at night for us, which is the same side of the Earth where Sun too has its presence.So this, new moon night sky will be the best chance for astronomers and other sky watchers to view the faintest object more clearly. The faint objects including planets to galaxies and clusters.

The Solar Eclipse of February 15, 2018
There will be a Partial Solar Eclipse on the very same day. Usually, a partial solar eclipse occurs when the moon covers the sun incompletely. A smaller part of sun will be left uncovered. Remember, a solar eclipse, partial or complete, can only be viewed under proper aids and filters, else have a chance to damage your sight. The saddest part of the story is, it will be only visible in Chile, Argentina, and Antarctica and not in Indian Subcontinent.

SOLAR ECLIPSE: By Tomruen (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Solar Eclipse: A solar eclipse is when the Sun, Moon, and Earth align in the same line and the shadow of Moon falls on earth due to illumination of the Sun. You have to wear sunglasses or other filters to view this without damaging your eyes (you can view the image/reflection of this with naked eye)

Lunar Ecplise: A lunar eclipse is when the Moon, Earth, and Sun align in the same line and the shadow of the earth falls on the moon. You don't have to have any special aids to view it. Naked eye observations can be done.


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