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(photo courtesy of NASA)

 

 

  Solar Eclipse of the Sun
(posted August 1, 2017)

 


Credit: Michael Zeiler, GreatAmericanEclipse.com

 

On Aug. 21, 2017, many people across the United States, will see the sun disappear behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight, causing the temperature to drop rapidly while revealing massive streamers of light streaking through the sky around the silhouette of the moon. On that day, middle America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse. Here in Crestone, Crestone, although the eclipse will not be total, it will be a near total solar eclipse (around 90% on average in the state) and still worth checking out! However, it's still not going to be a total eclipse here, and if you really wish to experience one, it would be worth heading just to our north to the middle of Wyoming. That's the closest we will be to the total  eclipse (go here for a map showing where the best places in Wyoming will be to view it).

 

Now, even with this not being a total eclipse - it will still be very dangerous to view this event without eye protection! The event should start here around 10:20am, with 87% of the sun being eclipsed around 1142am, with that lasting for a couple of minutes. Then it all comes to an end shortly after 1pm in the afternoon. But again, for the full total eclipse - do head north!

 

 

 

Delta Aquarids & Perseids Meteor Showers
(posted July 10, 2017)

 


The Delta Aquarid meteor shower will be ongoing above us from about July 12 till August 23, while it peaks in late July. For the annual and famous Perseids meteor shower, 2017 won't be the best of years thanks to the full moon on August 7, as this shower peaks 5 days later on August 12, so much of the shooting stars before the peak will  be drowned in bright moonlight. By the twelfth, a waning gibbous moon (a bit more than half a moon) will still  be shining, but you should see some meteors on its peak night, especially since the Perseids shower will be overlapped with the Delta Aquarid meteor shower and shooting stars from that one will still in the sky, so the meteors will be flying from two different directions in the sky on that night.

2017 Major Meteor Showers (Class I)




Shower Activity Period Max Date # per hr* Comet
Quadrantids (QUA) Jan 01-Jan 12 Jan 03 80 -120 2003 EH?
Lyrids (LYR) Apr 18-Apr 25 Apr 22 18 Thatcher
Eta Aquarids (ETA)** Apr 24-May 19 May 07 40 Halley
Delta Aquarids (SDA)** Jul 21-Aug 23 Jul 30 16 96P/Machholz?
Perseids (PER)** Jul 13-Aug 26 Aug 12 60 - 100 Swift-Tuttle
Orionids (ORI) Aug 25-Nov 19 Oct 22 15 Halley
Leonids (LEO) Nov 050-Dec 03 Nov 18 15 Temple-Tuttle
Geminids (GEM) Nov 30-Dec 17 Dec 13 95 - 120 3200 Phaethon?
Ursids (URS) Dec 17-Dec 24 Dec 22 10 8P/Tuttle

*# per hour is for a moonless rural sky/** Strong moonlight will interfere with these showers in 2017

 

There are meteor showers taking place every day/night of the year, but many are hard to see. The meteor showers listed above are the easiest to observe and provide the most activity. Particular attention should be noted to the time and moonlight conditions. All of these showers are best seen after midnight. Some are not even visible until after midnight. Showers that peak with the moon at half or more full will be affected by the moonlight and difficult to observe. While the time each shower is best seen remains much the same year after year, the moonlight conditions change considerably from one year to the next.

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