Space occasions for the upcoming year

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Space occasions for the upcoming year

A solar eclipse similar to this will occur this year.

A solar eclipse similar to this will occur this year.

A solar eclipse similar to this will occur this year.

A solar eclipse similar to this will occur this year.

Rebecca Crook, Ranger Review Reporter

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Throughout 2017, there are many events occurring in space that should be observed. Including both solar and lunar eclipses, as well as giant meteor shower that can be seen by the naked eyes.

Earlier this year, the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse is scheduled to take place late at night on February 10th and continue into early morning on February 11th. “A penumbral lunar eclipse is when the moon moves through the outer part of Earth’s shadow,” according to EarthSky.org. This causes the moon to have a dark shading on it, which makes it appear darker.

Later on, the Jupiter Opposition is scheduled for April 7. The Opposition will develop when Jupiter enters its closest position to Earth. That closer that Jupiter gets to earth, the brighter it will appear. If you’re lucky, you may be able to see Jupiter’s four moons as well. The weeks before the Opposition will make the planet bright as well, there will be several days to study Jupiter.

Although there are usually a few solar eclipses around the world in a year, this will be the first time since 1979 that a total solar eclipse will be visible from the West Coast to the East Coast of the United States. This eclipse will develop on August 21, 2017.  In Denver, the Sun’s surface will be covered 92%, leading to almost complete darkness during totality, when most of the sun is covered by the moon. “During the eclipse, a 10-15 degree temperature drop is expected” as said by Astronomy Magazine.

Another upcoming event is the Geminid meteor shower is the biggest meteor shower that will occur all year. The shower is on December 13th, and will continue until the morning. “The Geminid meteor shower is sometimes referred to as the king of all meteor showers, producing 120 multicolored meteors an hour at its peak” says Accuweather.com.

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