Every Monday, I will pick out the astronomical highlights of the Northern Hemisphere next week, but be sure to check out my main feed for more in-depth articles on attention, solar eclipse, and astronomy.
What to watch for the night sky this week: June 29 to July 5, 2020
Is there something on the weekend? Although the gaze of the moon in the afternoon and the gaze of Jupiter and Saturn rising before midnight are ideal from today to Friday, the night sky this week mainly lasts until the weekend. The full moon was seen very quickly on Saturday, then the rare (though subtle) “buck”
Tuesday, June 30, 2020: “Asteroid Day”
Today is Asteroid Day! If you are lucky, it is not harmful to us, but this is a good opportunity to consider the threat that the incoming space rocks pose to the earth. What really needs to change is the Vera Rubin Observatory. Starting in 2022, it will deploy a wide-angle camera to map the night sky in real time and identify thousands of asteroids that have not been discovered so far.
July 4, 2020 (Saturday): The Earth is on the Affiliate and “The Complete Buck Moon”
The Earth’s orbit of the sun is Do not A perfect circle. Today is the “Affilione Day”, which is the year’s farthest from the sun, 152,095,295 kilometers. Although the closest Perihelion By January 5, 2020, 91.4 million miles from the sun, today ph The distance is 94.5 million miles. That’s because the earth revolves around the sun in an ellipse.
In North America, there is also a full moon today. This happened at 4:44 UTC Sunday, so it was before midnight in the United States. But what it really means is that Saturday, July 4, is the best time to watch the full moon rise. Use the moon calculator to find out the exact time of the moonrise and moonset at your location.
There will also be a “tomorrow” lunar eclipse in North America, which peaks at 4:29 UTC (00:29 AM EST) on July 5 and 9:29 PM. Pacific Daylight Time July 4th.
Sunday, July 5, 2020: “Buck Moon Eclipse” combined with Moon-Jupiter-Saturn
Today at 4:29 UTC Penumbra The lunar eclipse will reach its peak. At this precise time (from some parts of North America to late Saturday night, before the full moon is officially illuminated by 100%), about 35% of the full moon will enter the outer shadow of the earth and lose some brightness. Depending on the world you are in, the exact time of the “local maximum” will vary, but with the arrival of the lunar eclipse, this is very technical; don’t expect fireworks.
For some people, this is an excellent opportunity to stay up late and watch the beautiful moonrise in the west.
Technically, it is on the same day, but on the other side of the sunset, the entire world will be able to see an almost full moon flying between bright Saturn and Jupiter, both of which are almost as bright as 2020. First it will get 1.9° from Jupiter and then 2.5° from Saturn.
I wish you a clear sky.