A meteor shower is a celestial event in which a number of meteors are observed to radiate, or originate, from one point in the night sky called Radiant.These meteors are caused by streams of cosmic debris called meteoroids entering Earth's atmosphere at extremely high speeds on parallel trajectories. This month's banner image is one of the winning images, 'Statue of Liberty Nebula © Ignacio Diaz Bobillo', of the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. You can also connect with us on Twitter: @ROGAstronomers.
The Lyrids will peak tonight, Tuesday April 21 .
As well as taking you through what to see in the night sky each month, Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomers pick a topic to talk about.
Before sunrise on the morning of 15 April, the waning crescent moon will pass beneath Saturn and Jupiter and on the morning of the 16th, it will pass beneath Mars.
List of meteor showers. In our new Observatory Online sessions, we will answer your questions about Astronomy. Be sure to add #ObservatoryOnline, #Museumfromhome and #sciencefromhome to your tweet! Visitor notice: All of our sites have reopened and we can't wait to welcome you back. The Lyrid meteor shower will peak on the night of 21-22 April 2020 Watch Ships, Sea & the Stars : Apollo 13 special Tune into our weekly video series hosted by physicist Helen Czerski, and find out more about epic 'Journeys Into the Unknown'.
If you’re using a star app on your phone then switch on the red night vision mode. If you extend the curve of the handle of the Plough through the night sky, you will end up at a bright orange star. This is the star Arcturus, the fourth brightest star in the night sky, and the brightest star in Boötes. Because Venus is an inner planet, as it orbits the Sun, Venus goes through phases just like our Moon does.
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When looking at faint objects such as stars, nebulae, the Milky Way and other galaxies it is important to allow your eyes to adapt to the dark – so that you can achieve better night vision. 2020 Meteor Showers Calendar. Meteor Shower Calendar 2020-2021. Astronomical events and highlights of 2020 and 2021 including supermoons, solar and lunar eclipses, meteor showers, solstices, and equinoxes.
Statue of Liberty Nebula. The museum may be closed but our Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomers are still hard at work. In many cultures around the world, names are given to the full moon of each month.
If you’re an early riser, you can use the moon to help you spot some planets.
Native American tribes called the April full moon the ‘Pink moon’ because of pink flowers, called wild ground phlox, which bloomed in early spring. This month’s full moon will also be the second and closest supermoon of the year, so depending on which naming convention you prefer, you could call it the ‘Super Pink Moon’ or the ‘Pink Supermoon’.
Allow 15 minutes for your eyes to become sensitive in the dark and remember not to look at your mobile phone or any other bright device when stargazing.
See a selection of the amazing shortlisted photographs, including 'Hubble Space Telescope transits across the Moon Between Lunar X and Lunar V © Michael Marston' from the 2019 Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition.
Top meteor showers to look out for in 2020 The Quadrantids , due to peak on 3-4 January with around 60 meteors per hour, possibly from the trail of the asteroid 2003 EH1 or perhaps from a comet The Lyrids , due to peak on 21-22 April with nearly 20 meteors per hour from the trail of the comet Thatcher
Find viewing tips for the two “biggies” here: the Perseid Meteor Shower and the Geminid Meteor Shower. If so, share your photos via our Royal Observatory Astrophotography Facebook group. While the Plough, or the Big Dipper as it’s known in the US, is used by many to find the North Star Polaris, it can also be used to help you find the constellation Boötes. For April, they're chatting about the different theories about how our Moon formed. We can also arrange video chats with teachers or groups of teachers to answer questions too. This open cluster of stars is the perfect target for binoculars and contains around 45 stellar members. At its peak, up to 20 meteors are visible every hour. By Patricia Skelton, Astronomy Education Officer, (Details given are for London and may vary for other parts of the UK). Simply tweet your question to our twitter account, @ROGAstronomers, and we will do our best to answer them. Venus dominates the western evening sky this month, shining brightly after sunset and setting just after midnight.
Note that the meteor shower dates do not change much from year to year, though the peak of a shower may vary by a day or two.
The moon begins the month in its first quarter phase with full moon occurring on 8 April. Fill in our 'Ask the Astronomer' form with your student's questions and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Have a listen below, then cast your vote on our Twitter poll (@ROGAstronomers) during the first week of the month. With new moon occurring on 23 April, the conditions will be perfect to see some meteors. The Quadrantid meteor shower was the first major meteor shower of 2020.
They are the second meteor shower of the month—the Draconids usually peak around October 7 or 8. A meteor shower occurs when the Earth passes through a stream of debris left behind by a comet – in the case of the Lyrids, the debris comes from Comet Thatcher which last visited the inner solar system in 1861. The radiant of the meteor shower lies near the star Vega in the constellation Lyra and around 15 – 20 meteors are expected per hour. Would you like the chance to have your image of the night sky used for our banner image?
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Venus is known as the “Morning Star” when it is up in the sky before sunrise, and as the “Evening Star” when it is visible in the sky after sunset.
2020 Cosmic Calendar Astronomical events and highlights of 2020 and 2021 including supermoons, solar and lunar eclipses, meteor showers, solstices, and equinoxes. With new moon occurring on 23 April, the conditions will be perfect to see some meteors. Wong (University of California, Berkeley) and the OPAL Team. Discover what to see in the sky during April 2020, including the Lyrids meteor shower. One of the oldest known meteor showers, the Lyrids meteor shower, will peak on the night of 21/22 April. Check out our range of high quality observing equipment recommended by Royal Observatory Greenwich astronomers. For those wanting to see the breath-taking craters on the Moon but don’t want to get up early in the morning, the best time to view these features will be from a few days after new moon, which falls on 23 April 23, through to a few days after the moon reaches its first quarter phase on 30 April.
If you have a telescope, point it at Venus this month and see if you can spot what phase Venus is in. In 2020, the Orionids will peak on the night between Oct 20–21. Just fill out the form and instead of adding children’s questions tell us you would like a video chat, The Royal Observatory Greenwich's learning team has also created, The best of what you can see in the night sky this month, Hubble Space Telescope Transits Across the Moon Between Lunar X and Lunar V © Michael Marston, Ask an Astronomer (Image credit: NASA, ESA, A. Simon (GSFC), M.H. Galileo was the first person to observe the phases of Venus and it was these observations that provided the first conclusive observational proof that the Sun, and not the Earth, was at the centre of our Solar System. If you are a teacher with a class of curious students who all have space questions, never fear, we can help with that. Need a stargazing telescope or binoculars? Bordering Boötes is the constellation Coma Berenices and although the constellation is faint, it is worth finding because it contains several deep sky objects that are worth looking at including the Coma star cluster. April 22, 2020, before dawn, the Lyrids The Lyrid meteor shower – April’s shooting stars – lasts from about April 16 to 25. One of the oldest known meteor showers, the Lyrids meteor shower, will peak on the night of 21/22 April. Subscribe and listen to the Royal Observatory Greenwich's podcast - Look Up! Local times and best dates to view shooting stars from annual meteor showers. Even though it’s Spring, remember to wrap up warm if you’re going to spend some time outside scanning the skies for meteors.
Extending from Arcturus are five other stars that, together with Arcturus, form a distinctive kite shape in the night sky.
It took place from December 28 to January 12, and peaked on the night of January 3 and early hours of January 4.
Orionids are active every year in October, usually peaking around October 20/21. To increase your chances of seeing some meteors, find a clear area with a low horizon and look away from the radiant on the sky as meteors will appear longer and more spectacular from this perspective. On the night of 3 April, the Pleaides star cluster will appear to have an extra cluster member – Venus will pass through the cluster on this night as it continues to make its way across the sky. Credit: Ignacio Diaz Bobillo, Royal Observatory Astrophotography Facebook group, Royal Observatory school sessions 2020-21, Astronomy courses at the Royal Observatory, Exhibitions & events at the Royal Observatory. M53, a globular star cluster, is best suited for telescope observations and will appear as a hazy patch with a slight oval shape in small telescopes while larger telescopes will reveal some of the cluster members.
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