Celestial events in 2020: From supermoon to Jupiter-Saturn conjuction that brightened the night sky

Do you still remember New Year’s eve 2019? As the clock struck midnight, we all prayed and raised a toast hoping that the new year ahead will be a joy ride. But unfortunately, whatever we had planned mostly didn’t happen, thanks to the deadly COVID-19 virus. However, the year was not that depressing for science and space as several celestial events graced up the night sky. The celestial world only remained unstirred by the ongoing impact of the pandemic and continued with its timetable, allowing us to witness some of the most beautiful occurrences in space.  As we are ready to step into the new year, The Electronics has listed out some of the most breathtaking celestial captures of 2020. 

1Quadrantids Meteor Shower

Quadrantids Meteor Shower
The Quadrantids meteor shower is mostly visible in the Northern hemisphere and can reach up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak time which was from January 2nd to 4th that lasted only for a few hours.

 

2Full Moon

2020 Full Moon
Known as the wolf moon by early Native American tribes in relation to the wolves howling outside their camps during this time of the year. It occurred at 19:23 UTC and observers saw a fully illuminated moon.

3Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse 2020
Penumbral Lunar eclipse was visible throughout Europe, Africa, Asia, the Indian Ocean, and Western Australia. The moon passed through the Earth’s partial shadow and observers saw a slightly darkened moon.

4Supermoon

Super Moon 2020
Known as the “Snow Moon” this was one of the first supermoons out of the four supermoons of 2020. The moon looked larger and brighter than usual.

5Lyrids Meteor Shower

Lyrids Meteor Shower
Discovered in 1861 the Lyrids are an average meteor shower that can have 20 meteors per hour at its peak. The meteors radiated from the Lyra constellation.

6Comet Atlas

Comet Atlas 2020
Discovered in 1861 the Lyrids are an average meteor shower that can have 20 meteors per hour at its peak. The meteors radiated from the Lyra constellation.

7Perseids Meteor Shower

Perseids Meteor Shower
The Perseids was discovered in 1862 and is known to produce bright meteors. The meteors can reach up to 60 meteors per hour. The meteors are produced from the Comet Swift-Tutle and radiate from the Pursues constellation.

8Geminids

Geminids Meteor Shower 2020
This is one of the most anticipated meteor showers of the year as this shower can produce 120 colorful meteors per hour at its peak. The meteors radiate from the constellation of Gemini. It was first discovered in 1982 and are produced by the debris from an asteroid called 3200 Phaethon.

9The Great Conjunction

The Great Conjunction
December 21 saw the grand conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn that occurred after 397 years. The next alignment of Jupiter and Saturn will take place next in 2040 and then in 2060.

10Total Solar eclipse

Total Solar Eclipse 2020
The total solar eclipse also marked the longest day of winter. It was observed by residents in parts of Chile and Argentina. The eclipse beautifully created a golden bright light ring.

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