October 23, 2015

 

Who doesn’t love looking up at the night sky and noticing a shooting star? This week is the peak time for the Orionid meteor shower - so keep looking up.

 

Shooting stars are caused by debris that is soaring through space and brought near Earth by gravity. We see these meteors burning up in the atmosphere, causing a bright star-like appearance. During a meteor shower, the space debris is usually part of a comet. Some comets have orbits that bring them near Earth at regular intervals - so we know when to expect them.

 

Currently, the Orionid meteor shower has been visible from October 2nd, and will continue to be visible until November 7th. Orionids have regularly peaked in activity around October 20th, because it is...

September 18, 2015

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Supermoon Eclipse

 

There is an exciting astronomical event this week - a supermoon eclipse. Let’s look at what we can expect on September 27th.

 

“Supermoon” is the title recently coined that refers to the moon when it is at its closest point to Earth in its orbit, also know as perigee. It is fractionally larger (14%) and noticeably brighter (30%) at its perigee. Supermoon occurs only once a year and will also be a full moon.

 

Lunar eclipses are a more frequent treat for us, happening twice a year, but can be often missed because of your location on Earth. This occurs when the Earth comes between the sun and moon, leaving the moon in Earth’s shadow.

 

It is a rarity for these two events to coincide, i...

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