The annual Draconids meteor shower lasts from Oct 6 – 10 with the peak occurring on the night of Oct 8th and the morning of the 9th. There should be an average of about 10 meteors an hour making it one of the smallest meteor showers. The moon will set around midnight which would allow for better viewing.
A rare event! A transit occurs when a planet crosses directly between the sun and the earth. On earth we will see a shadow of the planet. Mercury will transit the sun on the 11th and at least a partial transit will be able to be seen over most of the earth. If you want to watch or photograph the entire transit, make sure you use a solar filter and it can be seen from the eastern side of North America and the entire continent of South America. The next transit will take place in 2039. To view a map of where you can watch the event, click here
The most prolific meteor shower, the Geminids shower lasts from Dec 7 – 17 with the peak occurring on the night of Dec 13th and the morning of the 14th. There should be an average of about 120 meteors an hour. Unfortunately the nearly full moon will block out many of the meteors this year, but the Geminids are so bright and numerous that it could still be a good show.
An annular solar eclipse occurs when the moon isn’t close enough to the earth to cover the sun completely during an eclipse. This results in a ring of light around the shadow of the moon. If you are planning on photographing this, make sure you use a solar filter or else you could seriously damage your camera sensor. The path of the eclipse will begin in Saudi Arabia and move south east, passing over southern India and Indonesia before ending in the Pacific ocean.
The annual Perseids meteor shower lasts from Jul 17 – Aug 24 with the peak occurring on the night of Aug 12th and the morning of the 13th. There should be an average of about 60 meteors an hour making it one of the best meteor showers of the year.
The annual Delta Aquarids meteor shower lasts from 12 Jul – 23 Aug with the peak occurring on the night of 28th of Jul and the morning of the 29th. There should be an average of about 20 meteors an hour. This year should be good as the moon should be a thin sliver in the sky reducing light pollution.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon moves through the shadow of the earth created by the light of the sun. On this date it will only be a partial lunar eclipse meaning the moon won’t line up perfectly, however it will still be fun to photograph. This partial lunar eclipse will be visible from most of Europe, Africa, central Asia and the Indian Ocean.
Solar eclipse occur when the moon moves in front of the sun. These events are spectacular to behold and beautiful to photograph. If you are planning on photographing it, be aware that even during an eclipse, the suns rays, when focused through a lens, can burn through your sensor. It is very important to use a special solar filter to block the rays so you don’t damage your camera. This eclipse will only be seen from the south pacific and a small portion of central Chile and Argentina. Partial eclipse can be seen from the south pacific and South America.
The annual Eta Aquarids meteor shower lasts from 19 Apr – 28 May with the peak occurring on the night of 6th of May and the morning of the 7th. There should be an average of about 60 meteors an hour in the Southern hemisphere and only about 30 an hour in the Northern hemisphere. This year should be good as the moon should be a thin sliver in the sky reducing light pollution.
The annual Lyrids meteor shower occurs from 16 - 25 April with the peak occurring on the night of 22nd Apr and the morning of the 23rd. There should be an average of about 20 meteors an hour. This year it might be difficult to get great shots due to the fact that the moon will be close to full, adding light pollution.
Full moons occur when the entire side of the moon that is facing the earth is illuminated and the moon is brightest. Usually the best time to photograph the moon, this time is even better due to the fact that it is also a supermoon. This means that the full moon occurs when the moon is at it’s closest point to the earth making it appear larger and clearer than usual. This is the last supermoon that will occur in 2019.