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A full solar eclipse

Few things call to us geeks like the stars. We feel that drive, the urge to go explore and see what’s really out there. We do have an observable neighborhood, though, and amateur astronomers can explore what’s in our celestial back yard with only slightly more than a good pair of binoculars.

Jenny over at Hobby Help blogs about astronomy (among other topics), and has published a great helpful guide for what you can see in the night sky during 2019, when you can see it and exactly where to look. The guide also gives you a breakdown of all the interesting celestial events you can see while standing on the ground under Earth’s protective blanket of atmosphere, and the dates, times and best viewing locations for each of them. There are eclipses, comets, meteor showers, conjunctions, transits, and all sorts of fascinating things going on in the skies overhead.

The Geminid meteor shower – always a highlight of the meteor year – will peak around the mornings of December 13 and 14, 2019, though under the light of a bright waning gibbous moon. The Geminids are a very reliable shower if you watch at the peak time of night (centered on about 2 a.m. for all parts of the globe) and if you watch in a dark sky. This shower favors Earth’s Northern Hemisphere, but it’s visible from the Southern Hemisphere, too. The curious rock comet called 3200 Phaethon is the parent body of this shower.

Jenny’s articles cover a spectrum of topics in Astronomy, including beginner’s guides to astronomy and astrophotography, and a wealth of other information.

If you’re a science fiction fan and love the romantic notion of space travel, or you just want to know what all those lights in the sky are really all about, you’ll find a wealth of information by Jenny in her Astronomy articles on Hobby Help. While you’re there, check out the rest of the site. There are pages on hobbies of all sorts there. Maybe you’ll find something you love!



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