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What will we observe in the sky in 2018? – Space – Science


The most important event is expected on the night of July 27-28, when a full moonlight eclipse will be observed throughout Latvia. Even in the afternoon of January 31, a partial phase of the moon's eclipses will be observed for a few minutes shortly before the end, but in the northern part of Latvia on August 11 there will be a very partial eclipse of sun

From the full moon eclipse that will be observed in Asia, Australia, Pacific and North America on January 31, only a partial phase will be observed in Latvia shortly before the end, for example in Riga, Moon jumps at noon. 16:51 but the partial phase will end at noon. 5:11 p.m.. In turn, this half-time of the eclipse will end at noon. 6:08 p.m..

The full moon's eclipse will be visible between July 27-28 in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Indian Ocean. This eclipse will be observed from the beginning in Latvia, because the partial phase of the eclipse will begin at noon. 21:24, full phase – at noon 22:30, but the peak phase of the eclipse will be at. 11:22 p.m.. It must be taken into account that at the beginning of the partial phase of the eclipse, the moon will be on the horizon, and the sky will be light, for, for example, in Riga, the moon will fly. 21:36 but the sun will be at noon 21:46. On the contrary, at the peak of the eclipse, the sky will be rather cloudy, and the moon will be large enough to be observed.

The partial solar eclipse will be visible on August 11 in Greenland, North Atlantic, North Europe, Russia and the Arctic Ocean. Although this eclipse will not be visible in Riga, it will be possible to observe this in a very small phase in northern Kurzeme and Vidzeme. For example, in Rujiena, it will start at noon. 12:03 but it ends at noon 12:32. The maximum phase of obsession (0.022) will be at Rujena at noon. 12:17.

In 2018, all the planets in the solar system will be visible. Mercury will be visible in mid-March in the evening, but early January, late August and early September, as well as in the second half of December, will be noticed in the early hours. Venus will have a visibility from the end of March to mid-July, but will be visible in the morning from mid-November to the end of the year. Mars, as a bright red light from the beginning of the year until mid-May, will be seen in the morning from mid-May to July – in the second half of the night in July and August – most of the night , but from September to the end of the year – in the first half of the night. Jupiter will be observed in the morning in February, in the second half of the night, in April and in March – almost all night in June and July – in the first half of the night, in August and September in the evening, but around December , the vision period of the planet will begin again. Saturn will be observed in the morning, in the second half of April, and in May in the second half of the night, in June, the entire night from July to October in the first half of the night and evening. Uranium, which requires at least a small binocular for observation, will be visible from January to the end of March in the evening, but from July to the end of the year – virtually all night. Neptune's observation requires a small telescope, but the best viewing time of this planet will be in the autumn.

In 2018, as usual, there will be three of the most active meteor shower – Quadrantheids, Perseids and Geminiids. The maximum of their activities is expected on the evening of January 3, the morning of August 13 and the afternoon of December 14.

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