Like every month, December is also hosting some of the magnificent astronomy events of the year. Some of the events are extremely important for scientists and researchers to unfold the mystery behind the Universe, while some others are people’s favourite. Look at the sky carefully, so you will not miss a single event during December.
Geminid Asteroid Shower
The Geminid meteor shower is one of the highly anticipated astronomical events of a year. In 2019, the showed is scheduled for the 13th and 14th of December. Astronomers often state that the Geminid meteor shower is the best meteor shower of the year. One can watch as high as 120 meters during the peak hours on the scheduled date. The full moon day and the highly anticipated shower collide with each other on the same period; as a result, observers might miss some faint meteors due to the effect of the bright moon.
The December Solstice is a permanent event that happened every year. The solstice will start on the 21st of December 2019. The event marks the beginning of the winter season in the Northern Hemisphere and summer season in its southern counterpart.
Annular Solar Eclipse
Just after the Christmas event, the Indian Subcontinent, the middle east region, and parts of ASIAN countries would be able to see a solar eclipse. The event will take place on the 26th of December. The event showcases spectacular images of the sun. An annular solar eclipse is different than most of the solar eclipse. During the annular solar eclipse, the moon blocks the sun entirely. As a result, the entire sun is covered by the moon, and observers only able to see a ring of fire on the perimeter of the sun. The event only becomes possible when the moon’s distance from earth is far enough to block the sun.
Though there are many events scheduled in December, these three will gain all the limelight.