As the new year approaches, we should be able to enjoy some fantastic new astronomy events in a one-of-a-kind preview. January 4, for example, will bring the Quadrantid meteors, which will be observed in the northeastern sky.
The bright, or full point of the source from where most of the meteors will collapse, is close to the handle of the Big Dipper. Such an annually meteor shower has been recognized to develop up to 100 meters/hour, but observers are more probably to see 15 to 25/hour. The Quadrantid top is limited, only approximately six hours before and after its maximum range.
Two other meteor showers known for their occurrence will come back in the second part of 2020. The Perseids will appear around August 12, and the Geminids between December 13 and 14. Also, in March, Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter could be observed in the eastern sky shortly after the sunrise.
A Preview of Astronomical Occurrences of 2020
Tim Collins, an observatory astronomer from Buffalo Museum of Science, stated: “It would help to have a clear horizon to see it, but on (March) 18 the waning crescent Moon is going to join the pack and you’ll have four objects just sitting right there for you to stare at.”
Moreover, on April 7, we would enjoy a “supermoon” when the Moon arrives at its nearest point to our planet. While the difference of the Moon’s distance won’t appear as likely to most viewers, Earth’s natural satellite will be at a perigee length of almost 221,772 miles.
One of the unique events noticeable from Western New York will happen after sundown on December 21. Saturn and Jupiter will also appear near one of each other during evenings throughout the fall, but also on the first day of winter. They will be withing one degree, as well.