Monday’s total solar eclipse was wonderful and mesmerizing, but all too short.
Now that it has passed, American sky watchers face the possibility of a seven-year wait before they get to see another overall solar eclipse in 2024, which will make its method over cities including Austin, Texas; Little Rock, Arkansas; Cleveland; and Buffalo, New york city.
However worry not. While the Great American Eclipse was a special event, there’s still a smattering of huge adventures yet to happen in 2017 and some big ones ahead in 2018. Below are the very best of the celestial events through January 2018.
September 5: Neptune comes close-ish
But that doesn’t mean it will be easy to spot: Even at their closest point, Neptune and Earth remain some 2.7 billion miles apart. This means that, unless you can use a pretty powerful telescope, Neptune will appear as a tiny blue dot.
November 13: Venus and Jupiter get together
Venus, the second planet from the sun, and the solar system’s largest planet, Jupiter, will have a spectacular close encounter on November 13. The two planets, which are among the brightest celestial objects in the sky, will have a conjunction and will appear to be separated by just the width of a half-lit moon, according to National Geographic.
The celestial occasion will happen prior to dawn Eastern time, indicating that exposure may be hindered by the rising of the sun. Binoculars or a telescope would make viewing simpler and more comprehensive.
December 3: Behold the supermoon
After being spoiled in 2016 with three supermoons, the phenomenon will take place only once in 2017. A supermoon occurs when there is a full or new moon while the moon is at the closest distance to Earth in its orbit.
A supermoon appears around 14 percent bigger and 30 percent brighter than its opposite, a micromoon, which occurs when a moon accompanies the furthest point in the moon’s orbit from Earth. A lot of astronomers say that you can’t discriminate in between a supermoon with your naked eye, but a set of field glasses need to assist. Unfortunately, the 2017 supermoon won’t be quite as close as the November 2016 supermoon. The next time a supermoon will come closer to Earth is approximated to be November 25, 2034.
December 13-14: An unimpeded meteor shower
But in 2017, the shower should be even more spectacular due to the fact that it will only have to compete with a dimming crescent moon. In the Americas, viewers can expect a clear sky in the predawn hours of December 14, when the shower is due to reach its highest point. So just sit back and watch the stars.
January 31, 2018: Total lunar eclipse
Two images reveal the moon appearing as a supermoon at midnight (left) and a red-tinged blood moon as an optical impact of a total lunar eclipse visible at 3.45 a.m. (right) on September 28, 2015 in Glastonbury, England.MATT CARDY/GETTY
Given that the moon produces no light itself but simply shows the sun’s rays, the moon will be covered in shadow and, during the totality, will seem slightly red; overall lunar eclipses are hence often called blood moons.
The total lunar eclipse will be visible throughout many of western The United States and Canada. So perhaps it will a minimum of partially fill the void left by the overall solar eclipse.