Rare Astronomical phenomenon in 2018

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To penetrate what’s unknown and mysterious and to make sense of what’s known, is the basic principle of science and therein lies mankind’s quest to figure out the mysteries of Outer space.

Recently on January 31st, we experienced a rare phenomenon what NASA termed as “Super Blue Blood Moon”. It had created quite a buzz in the astronomical scenario as three events were occurring simultaneously on the same day. A Blue Moon( which is actually the second full moon in a month), a “SuperMoon” (happens when the moon is very close to the Earth and is 30% bigger and 14% brighter than a normal moon) and a total lunar eclipse also known as Blood Moon which is actually a total lunar eclipse. This happens when the Earth comes between the Sun and the Moon and the Earth’s atmosphere filters the Sun’s rays leaving just the red to shine on the moon which is why it has been termed as “Blood Moon”.

Since all three events happened at the same time, we got to witness this rare and incredible phenomenon which last hastened in 1866, almost 152 years ago. The whole world has since been fascinated by this event and is dull excited about the upcoming events that are to be witnessed in the sky.

On February 15, we will witness a Solar Eclipse. We all know that when the moon comes in between the Sun and Earth and the moon casts its shadow on the Earth’s surface, and this is what we call a Solar Eclipse.

Between 16th and 25th of April, skywatchers in the Northern Hemisphere will get a view of the Lyrid meteor shower which is the dusty trail of a comet with a centuries-long orbit around the sun.



On July 27, we will again witness a total lunar eclipse like that of Jan 31st. This eclipse will also be the longest total lunar eclipse in the 21st century. Totality will last approximately 103 minutes.
On 13 August 2018, the Perseids meteor shower will be visible in the sky. Some shooting stars associated with the shower are expected to be visible each night from
23 July to 20 August.
The Orionids meteor shower will be visible from October 2nd to November 7th. However, the best time for witnessing this phenomenon would be on the night of October 21st and the early morning of October 22nd.
Further down in the list of major astronomical events of 2018 is the Leonids meteor shower which will fall on the 17th and 18th of November. The shower is called Leonids because its radiant, or the point in the sky where the meteors seem to emerge from, lies in the constellation Leo.

So I’d advise everyone to keep an eye out of the window and not miss these extremely rare and special events. After all, these marvels are an inherent part of Nature’s beauty and help us to be grateful for this wonderful gift called “Life”.

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