Heavenly bodies: Out of this world happenings in 2012

Heavenly bodies: Out of this world happenings in 2012

Summary: Geek out with eclipses, meteor showers and robotic machines landing on Mars. Check out what is happening across the skies in 2012.

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  • The Lyrids meteor shower is located in the constellation of Lyra with an average of around 10 meteors per hour. Lyrid fireballs can cast shadows for a split second, then leave behind smoky debris which lasts for a few minutes. Look close to Vega after midnight.

     

    Credit: NASA

  • The Eta Aqarids appear in the constellation Aquarius and are thought to be associated with Halley's comet. At its peak you might see one meteor per minute, best viewed in dark skies when the moon is new, pre-dawn.

     

    Credit: NASA

     

     

  • Solar eclipses occur when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth. They are not rare, typically occurring in some form twice per year.  This is the path of the June annular eclipse where part of the Sun will be obscured. It starts in southern China and move east through Japan, the northern Pacific Ocean and the western part of the United States.

     

    Credit: NASA

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  • OMG Uranus !

    You appear to be on a major mission to thoroughly waste all of our lives on your ridiculous Slide Shows. Let's get back to responsible photo-journalism PLEASE.
    Regulus