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Stargazer Calendar 2019: Meteor Showers, Planet Elongations and more

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Meteor shower 2019

If you’re an avid stargazer like us, then this is the place for you to be. Because we’re here to give you a calendar of all meteor showers, celestial movements and phenomena that you need to look out for in the second half of 2019. There’s so much happening and we’re very stoked. Let’s get right into it.

Meteor Showers

JULY
  • July 28th, 29th: Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower

This meteor shower is a very average one with a capacity to produce up to 20 meteors every hour. These meteor showers are known to happen every year between July 12 and August 23. The peak night this year is July 28th and the morning of July 29. The sky should be dark enough and we might get a good look at the shower. Prime viewing location should be a dark place after midnight.

AUGUST
  • August 12th, 13th: Perseids Meteor Shower

This one probably one of the biggest showers observed. When it’s at the peak, it is known to produce up to 60 meteors per hours. The comet Siwft- Tuttle produced this shower. It runs from July 17th to August 24th. The peak this time will be the night of August 12th and morning of August 13th. Prime location to view it will be a dark place after midnight.

OCTOBER
  • October 8th: Draconids Meteor Shower.

This one is a minor shower that can produce only 10 meteors per hour. This shower is produced by the dust grains left behind b the 21P Giacobini- Zinner comet. The unusual thing about this shower is that the best time to view it is early evening instead of early morning.

The entire shower runs from October 6th to October 10th. The peak this year is on the night of 8th October. Prime viewing location would be somewhere away from the city lights and possibly a dark place.

  • October 21st, 22nd: Orionids Meteor Shower

This too is an average shower that produces about 20 meteors per hour when at peak. A special fact about this shower is that is it created by the dust left behind by the famous Halley comet.

It runs between October 2nd and November 7th. The peak is on the night of October 21 and the morning of October 22. Best viewing location would be a dark place after midnight.

NOVEMBER
  • November 5, 6: Taurids Meteor Shower.

This one is a long-running but minor shower that created only about 5-10 meteors per hour. It is created in two streams, one by Asteroid 2004 TG10 and the other by Comet 2P Encke.

The shower runs between September 7 to December 10 and peak this year is on the night of November 5th. Best viewing location would again be a dark place after midnight, preferably away from city lights.

  • November 17, 18: Leonids Meteor Shower

This again is an average shower with around 15 meteors per hour but at peak. It is produced by the Tempel-Tuttle comet. The shower runs between November 6 and November 30. This year, the peak is on the night of 17th November and early morning of 18th. Best viewing location would be any dark place after midnight.

DECEMBER
  • December 13, 14: Geminids Meteor Shower.

This one is the king of meteor showers as it produces up to 120 multicoloured meteors per hour when at peak. It is produced by an asteroid called 3200 Phaethon. This shower runs between December 7-17th. Peak this year is on the night of 13th and morning of 14th. Best viewing location would again be a dark place after midnight.

  • December 21, 22: Ursids Meteor Shower.

This is a minor meteor shower that produced only 5-10 meteors per hour and at peak. The comet Tuttle produced this. The shower runs between December 17 and December 25.  The peak this year is on the night of 21st and 22nd morning. The sky should be dark for a good view of it. Best viewing location would be a dark place, away from city lights, after midnight.

Planetary Events

AUGUST
  • August 9: Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation.

Mercury will reach the greatest western elongation of 19.0 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Mercury.  It will be seen at its highest point above the horizon in the morning sky.

SEPTEMBER
  • September 9: Neptune at Opposition.

Neptune will be at its closest approach to Earth and it will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be brightest at this time of the year and will be visible all night. This is the best time to view and photograph Neptune. Due to its extreme distance from Earth, it will only appear as a tiny blue dot in all telescopes.

October
  • October 20: Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation.

Mercury will reach the greatest eastern elongation of 24.6 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Mercury. It will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky.

  • October 27: Uranus at Opposition.

Uranus will be at its closest approach to Earth and it will be fully illuminated by the Sun. It will be the brightest this time of the year and will be visible all night long. This is the best time to view Uranus. Due to its distance, it will only appear as a tiny blue-green dot in all telescopes.

November
  • November 28: Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation

Mercury will reach the greatest western elongation of 20.1 degrees from the Sun. This is the best time to view Mercury. It will be at its highest point above the horizon in the morning sky.

To keep yourself updated with more of this, stay tuned to The Geek Herald.

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