Well, who doesn’t loves to look up at stars at night? So why not choose to look at stars when rare astronomical events and phenomenon are into place.
Here are some of the must-see astronomical and cosmic events of November 2020.
Northern Taurids Meteor Shower – November 11/12
The Northern Taurids Meteor Shower is an annual astronomical shower phenomenon and is one of two Taurids meteor showers. This meteor shower is associated with the near-Earth potentially-hazardous asteroid 2004 TG10. It is named after the radiant point of the shower in the constellation Taurus. The radiant point is the apparent point in the sky from which meteors’ paths appear to originate for an Earth-bound observer. The other Taurids Meteor Shower is the Southern Taurids Meteor Shower (obviously).
Super New Moon – November 15
A New Moon is the first phase of the Lunar cycle that happens when Sun and Earth are on opposite sides of Moon, and Sun and Moon happen to be aligned. This straight alignment of Sun, Moon, and Earth leaves the Moon’s side that faces us in absolute darkness. Hence, 0% illumination of the Moon is experienced by the terrestrial observer.
If the New Moon phase occurs when Moon makes its closest approach in its orbit around Earth (or perigee), It is called Super New Moon.
Leonids Meteor Shower – November 16/17
The Leonids Meteor Shower is an annual average-class astronomical shower phenomenon that is associated with the comet Tempel-Tuttle. Tempel-Tuttle is a periodic Halley-like comet that takes about 33 years to encircle Sun. This meteor shower starts around November 6 and ends around November 30, and achieves its peak on the 16th or 17th of November every year. It produces about 12-15 meteors per hour at its peak. This meteor shower is named after the radiant point of the shower in the constellation Leo.
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse – November 30
A lunar eclipse is called penumbral when our Moon passes from the ‘lighter’ or partial shadow of the Earth, also called Penumbra. During such eclipse events, Moon appears partial dark, hence falls under the category of Partial Lunar Eclipses.
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