5 astronomical moments you won’t want to miss this year

Photographer Albert Dros captured this incredible image of the Milky Way using Sony’s 24mm F1.4 GM lens

Photographer Albert Dros captured this incredible image of the Milky Way using Sony’s 24mm F1.4 GM lens

Set these dates in your diary and get your camera ready to take some spectacular shots

 

With a supermoon on its way this week, Sony has revealed the top five astronomical moments of 2019 that the stargazers among us won’t want to miss.  

1. March 21st - The Supermoon

This will be the final supermoon we will see in 2019 and on March 21st it will reach its closest point to the Earth for the year. Find the perfect spot to capture this in all its glory.

2. May 6-7th - Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower

This looks like it will be our best chance of catching a meteor shower this year when the thin crescent moon will leave the sky an inky black colour; the perfect canvas for a shooting star show.

3. July 2nd - Total Solar Eclipse

Unfortunately, this eclipse will not be visible from Europe but if you’re planning on taking a jaunt to South Americas or Pacific regions then you’ll be in for a treat. Remember though, never look directly at the sun during an eclipse.

4. July 16th - Partial Lunar Eclipse 

This July a small part of the Moon’s surface will be covered by the darkest part of the Earth’s shadow. How cool? If you’re in Europe, Africa central Asia or near the Indian Ocean, you should be able to witness this incredible sight.  

Dec 14th - Geminid Meteor Shower

Throughout the week the sky will become illuminated with shooting stars but on December 14th this will be most noticeable – you might be able to see up to 100 meteors per hour!

 

Michelle Newman