Perseids meteor shower 2018

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The Perseids, also known as the “tears of Saint Lawrence”, are prolific meteor showers lasting from July 17th to August 24th each year. This year they peak around the 11th-13th of August, with a rate of 100 meteors per hour and an average velocity of 59 km/s. The radiant of Perseids is located close to the constellation Perseus. The source of the meteor shower is particles of dust shed by the Comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle, with a period of 135 years.   Enjoy this … Read More

Total Lunar Eclipse 2018

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A total lunar eclipse will occur on 27th July 201, and it will be visible over Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe and South America. Totality will last for 103 minutes, making it the longest eclipse of the 21st century. The whole phenomenon will last 6 hours 14 minutes (visible from Canary Islands during 3 hours 29 minutes). The magnitude of the eclipse is 1.609 and the penumbral magnitude is 2.679. Timing (Canary Islands time): Beginning of the penumbral eclipse: 18:15 (not visible … Read More

Lyrids meteor shower 2018

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The Lyrids are a strong meteor shower lasting from April 16 to April 25 each year. Their peak this year is around April 22 with a rate of 20 meteors per hour (sometimes the rate can reach 100 meteors per hour) and an average velocity of 49 km/s. The radiant of Lyrids is located close to Vega, the brightest star of the constellation Lyra. The source of the meteor shower is particles of dust shed by the long-period Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1). … Read More

Spring Equinox 2018

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In 2018 spring will begin on Tuesday 20th of March at 16:15 UTC, and it will end on 21st of June with the beginning of summer. The beginning of seasons is conventionally established by particular positions of the Earth during its orbit around the Sun. So the spring equinox occurs when the plane of Earth’s Equator passes the center of the Sun. At that instant, the tilt of Earth’s axis neither inclines away from nor towards the Sun. When that occurs, the daytime … Read More

Quadrantids meteor shower 2018

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The Quadrantids are a prolific meteor shower lasting from the 1st to the 6th of January each year. Their peak is typical around the 4th of January with a rate of 120 meteors per hour and an average velocity of 41 km/s. The radiant of Quadrantids is located close to the constellation Boötes (not far from the Big Dipper), even if the name Quadrantids comes from the now-defunct constellation Quadrans Muralis. The source of the meteor shower is particles of dust … Read More

Winter solstice 2017

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In 2017 winter will begin on Thursday 21st of December at 16:28 UTC. This season will last 89 days and it will end on 20th of March with the beginning of spring. The beginning of seasons is conventionally established by particular positions of the Earth during its orbit around the Sun. So the winter solstice occurs when the Sun reaches its greatest height south, i.e. the declination is -23º 27′ for the northern hemisphere. In the southern hemisphere summer begins. Solstice is derived … Read More

Geminids meteor shower 2017

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The Geminids are a prolific meteor shower lasting from the 7th to the 17th of December each year. Their peak is typical around the 13th-14th of December with a rate of 120 meteors per hour and an average velocity of 35 km/s. The radiant of Geminids is located close to the constellation Gemini. The source of the meteor shower is particles of dust shed by the asteroid (3200) Phaethon, with an unusual orbit that brings it closer to the Sun than … Read More

Orionid meteor shower 2017

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The Orionids are a prolific meteor shower lasting from October, 2 to November, 7 each year. Their peak is typical around October, 21 with a rate of 23 meteors per hour and an average velocity of 66 km/s. The radiant of Orionids is located close to the constellation Orion. Generally yellowish green, these meteors usually leave a fleeting tail behind them. The source of the meteor shower is particles of dust shed by the well known Comet 1P/Hubble, which last passed through … Read More

Autumn equinox 2017

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In 2017 autumn will begin on Friday 22nd of September at 8:02pm UTC. This season will last 89 days, and it will end on 21st of December with the beginning of winter. The beginning of seasons is conventionally established by particular positions of the Earth during its orbit around the Sun. An equinox occurs when the plane of Earth’s Equator passes the center of the Sun. The two annual equinoxes are the only times when the subsolar point (the place … Read More

Astromusic 2017

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Music and Astronomy fuse together in the Astromusic event, that will take place at Finca La Principal (Breña Alta) on Saturday 12th of August, from 8:30pm. All the participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a good live music concert by Vrandán and stargazing with telescope supervised by Ad Astra La Palma, in a charming and relaxing environment. Tickets costs 10€ and includes one drink and the stargazing. More information: www.fincalaprincipal.com facebook.com/fincalaprincipal Tel. (0034) 639 640 584

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