A lunar eclipse, a momentous anniversary and great views of four planets in our solar system make this a good year for stargazing, says U of A astrophysicist.
The skies of 2019 will light up with lots for stargazers to enjoy, especially at the beginning and end of the year, says a University of Alberta astrophysicist.
“There are a lot of interesting things happening, including a total eclipse of the moon and excellent local views of some of the planets,” said Sharon Morsink, director of the U of A’s Astronomical Observatory.
Here’s a calendar to the cosmic wonders of 2019:Goodbye, moon
Sunday, Jan. 20, brings a total eclipse of the moon, as it travels into Earth’s shadow. Unlike the last one a year and a half ago that happened in the wee hours of the morning, this eclipse starts at 8:30 p.m. and reaches its full glory by 10:45, which makes it easier for everyone to enjoy.
In its partial phase, the moon “will be like a cookie and someone’s taking a little bite,” said Morsink. ...