Every meteor shower, supermoon and other major astronomy events in 2020
The Denver Post
If you’re already gearing up for camping, you might want to plan your trips around some of these cool astronomical events this year. From meteor showers – there was one on Saturday and more in July and December – to Supermoons and more. Even if you just step outside your front door, there also will be some fun things to watch regarding the planet Mars in February and October, a special full moon in April and the “super conjunction” of Jupiter and Saturn in December, when the two largest planets in the solar system appear to come together. That also will coincide with the Winter Solstice.
Here are seven astronomical events to watch for this year.
Quadrantids meteor shower, Jan. 4
According to the International Meteor Organization, the Quadrantids have the potential to be the strongest meteor shower of the year, and they are peaking this weekend. “The average hourly rates one can expect under dark skies is 25,” the IMO says. “These meteors usually lack persistent trains (vaporized rock that glows after the meteor burns up in the atmosphere) but often produce bright fireballs.”
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