2017 eclipse webpage

Today's Night Sky January 31st total lunar eclipse The Big Dipper 2017 Geminid Meteor Shower
November 2003 November 2004 Auroras near Nashville

Partial Eclipse of the Sun on February 15, 2018

May 2005 Auroras near Nashville

Our Moon from December 19th through December 22nd, one hour after sunset.
Full Snow Moon will be on January 1st.
New Moon is on December 18th.
Venus reaches superior conjunction on January 8th (meaning Venus will return to the evening sky after this date).

The software for this image is free and can be found at http://www.stellarium.org/.
It's also great to use if you want to know what the Moon looks like three days or three years from now.
It's very easy to use! (My fireflies are rugged in all weather conditions!)


Partial Eclipse of the Sun Over South America and Antarctica

A partial eclipse of the Sun will occur in the evening hours over Souh America and Antarctica on February 15, 2018 late in the afternoon. Maximum eclipse will be 59.9 % over Antarctica. All the times on the map are local times.


2017 Geminid Meteor Shower

The 2017 Geminid meteor shower will take place from the night of Dec. 13th into the morning of Dec. 14th, peaking around 2 a.m. local time. At its height, Geminid will send as many as 120 meteors per hour streaking across the early morning sky.

Total Eclipse of the Moon on January 31, 2018 as Seen from the United States

Graphic for each time zone...
(help yourself!)

This map, for January 31, 2018 total eclipse of the Moon, will give you a better idea of the location of the dividing line between totality and partiality here in the states. This transition is at the time of moonset which runs from Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and Michigan. Atmospheric refraction can shift the line to a small degree. I placed a percentage scale from 0 to 100 showing basically how much of the Earth's shadow will be covering the Moon at moonset. Near Huntsville Alabama, for example, the Moon will be a little bit over 80% covered by the Earth's shadow. All of this will be occurring, of course, during the morning hours...yawn!

The Big Dipper on June 5th as seen from Australia and USA. What a big difference!

June 5th, 2017

June 5th, 2017

A friend of mine in Australia, and I, took a picture of the Big Dipper on the same night (June 2017). Near summer twilight was interfering with me which is why my photo was brighter and blue, while late fall allowed my friend to take his photo soon after sunset. Because of the curvature of the Earth, springtime (or late fall for my friend in this case) is the only time the Big Dipper can be seen in Australia. Of course, in the northern hemisphere, the dipper can be seem all night long, all year long, because it is circumpolar. And, of course, the north star (Polaris) cannot be seen in Australia.





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Updated on December 15, 2017