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Ok astronomy lovers, mark your calendars!!!!

Dance of the Planets”--Best Dates To See: May 24-30...During the week of May 24th through 30th, the planets Venus, Mercury, and Jupiter will be visible after sunset, seemingly ‘dancing’ around each other, changing places every night. So, during the twilight hours of late May, if you look towards the west-northwest portion of the sky, you can see three of the brightest objects in the sky seemingly packed tightly together, even though they are really separated by vast distances.

 

Supermoon’, Biggest And Brightest Moon of 2013--When: June 23...The Full Moon occurring on the morning of June 23rd will be the brightest one of the year, a ‘Supermoon’. The moon will only be 221,824 miles away at the time, over 30,000 miles closer than it is at its furthest distance from the Sun. In addition to appearing somewhat larger and brighter than normal, Supermoons coincide with tides that are larger than normal. So yes to the women who said they were "fake" they are quite real!! Not trick photography!

 Perseids--Peak of Meteor Shower: August 12... The Perseids are consistently one of the most interesting meteor showers of the year. They vary somewhat, but can be expected to produce at least 70-80 meteors an hour, when seen from a dark rural place. Because of their occurrence during the pleasant summer months (for those in the Northern Hemisphere), they’re probably the most watched meteor shower of the year. The moon isn't expected to cause any problems this year, as it will be setting in the early evening, so the show should be quite good!

Comet ISON--Best Dates To See: Mid-November 2013 Through Mid-January 2014.....This will possibly  the brightest comet seen in centuries will be visible later this year, from around the middle of November until the middle of January. Comet ISON, also known as C/2012 S1, will make its closest approach to the Sun (perihelion) on November 28th, very possibly becoming brighter than the Full Moon by then, and will be visible in broad daylight.

Bright Venus--Best Dates To See: All Of December...The ‘evening star’ will be visible for a few hours every night throughout the whole month. Always the brightest ‘star’ in the sky, Venus will truly stand out this month, it’ll be hard to miss.

Geminids--Peak of Meteor Shower: December 14...Though they are a somewhat ‘new’ meteor shower, the Geminids have become one of the best meteor showers of the year. They also appear to be intensifying every year, so this year could be even better than the last. The moon will be in its bright phase around December 14th this year, so if you want a really good show, you'll need to wait until after the moon sets, around 4:30am. The meteor shower is very prolific either way, though, if it’s dark you can expect up to 120 meteors an hour, or maybe even more.

 

 

I got a few other pictures also, so give a minute! Wasn't enough characters for all of them. 

 

 

 

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Michigan-Mom74

Asked by Michigan-Mom74 at 7:48 PM on May. 11, 2013 in Just for Fun

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  • Geminids--Peak of Meteor Shower: December 14

    Michigan-Mom74

    Comment by Michigan-Mom74 (original poster) at 7:52 PM on May. 11, 2013


  • Bright Venus--Best Dates To See: All Of December..

    Michigan-Mom74

    Comment by Michigan-Mom74 (original poster) at 7:53 PM on May. 11, 2013

  • Thanks as always Michigan. Happy Mother's Day. :)
    liss05

    Answer by liss05 at 7:55 PM on May. 11, 2013

  • You are very welcome! And Happy Mom's Day as well!
    Michigan-Mom74

    Comment by Michigan-Mom74 (original poster) at 8:04 PM on May. 11, 2013

  • Thanks. My stepson will eat this up.
    Ballad

    Answer by Ballad at 9:23 PM on May. 11, 2013

  • Thanks, we enjoy stuff like this! We should probably go to my mom's to enjoy it tho- away from all the city lights. Speaking of moms, hope you have a Happy Mother's Day! :)
    mrsmom110

    Answer by mrsmom110 at 6:30 AM on May. 12, 2013

  • Thanks! I am going to mark our calendar, because we're getting ready to start studying some real astronomy.
    wendythewriter

    Answer by wendythewriter at 8:23 AM on May. 12, 2013

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