Unlike other meteor showers, the peak viewing time is in the early evening hours. Viewing is best after midnight, and a crescent moon will set before then. Of course, in Washington, there is a good chance clouds will get in the way for many of us. Scott Story, who lives in Brier, caught the fireball on video Wednesday, according to the Herald Net. March 24, Venus at its greatest eastern elongation: Mercury doesn't get all the glory on this day. July 5, full moon and penumbral lunar eclipse: Picture a shimmering moon over the water at your Fourth of July celebration at the beach. A second-quarter moon will wash out some of the faintest meteors, but patient skywatchers may be rewarded. A penumbral lunar eclipse will be visible throughout most of North America, as well as South America, and the eastern Pacific and western Atlantic oceans. A penumbral lunar eclipse, which occurs when the moon passes through the Earth's partial shadow — or penumbra — will also occur Jan. 10 but won't be visible in the United States. If one of your New Year's resolutions is to spend more time outside with the family, or just get out there for yourself, the skies above Washington offer hours of enchantment that's not only fun but a practical science lesson for the kiddos about the cosmos. Jan. 10, full moon: Because they could hear hungry wolves howling outside at winter camps, Native Americans called the first full moon of 2020 the full wolf moon. It heralds the approach of spring, and early Native American tribes called it the full worm moon to mark the time of year earthworms began working their way out of the newly thawed ground. Here’s what to know, Think voting by mail is secure in Washington state? July 19, 2020 at 8:57 AM EDT If you’re feeling cooped up and looking for an out-of-this-world adventure, you may not have to travel far. The American Meteor Society received a dozen reports of a fireball seen over parts of Washington state at about 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to the society. July 14, Jupiter at opposition: Jupiter is a giant planet, and when it makes its closest approach to the Earth, its face is fully illuminated by the sun. Heavy snow fell over Native American camps at this time of year, so they called the February full moon either the full snow moon or the full hunger moon, the latter because hunting was more difficult in heavy snow. A meteor streaks across the sky in the Puget Sound region on May 6, 2020. It's also been called the moon before yule and the full long nights moon. By clicking “I agree” below, you consent to the use by us and our third-party partners of cookies and data gathered from your use of our platforms. The ancient shower is produced by dust grains left behind by the comet Halley. Here are some key celestial events to put on the 2020 family fun calendar: Jan. 3-4, Quadrantid meteor shower peak: This is a meteor shower you may never have heard of — it's short, running from Jan. 1-5, and occurs when it's miserable to be outside in most areas, but it's a shame if you've never caught it. It will be visible all night. Third Surge Of Coronavirus Takes Hold; 400K Death Toll Feared, Jacobsen Observatory at the University of Washington, Unity Day Upstanders Talk Candidly To Adults: Stop Being Bullies, AP Finds Most Arrested In Protests Aren't Leftist Radicals, CA Fires: NorCal Braces For Red Flag Warnings; Power Shutoffs, Final Trump-Biden 2020 Presidential Election Debate: What To Know. Nov. 30, full moon and penumbral lunar eclipse: November's full moon occurs as it passes through the Earth's partial shadow, or penumbra.

July 28-29, Delta Aquarid meteor shower peak: Produced by debris left behind by the Marsden and Kracht comets, this modest shower produces about 20 meteors an hour from July 12 to Aug. 23.

Viewing conditions are best after midnight. The meteors radiate from the constellation Gemini but are visible anywhere in the sky. During this type of eclipse, the moon darkens slightly. “The more I read the more inclined I am to believe this was a fireball (which is a meteor that is larger and brighter than normal),” Bob Lunsford of the American Meteor Society told KOMO News. fireball seen over parts of Washington state, ‘Super Flower Moon’ will light up the night sky this week. Sept. 11, Neptune at opposition: The face of the giant blue planet will be fully illuminated by the sun, and Neptune will be brighter than at any other time of the year. What makes this shooting star show unusual is that the meteors come from separate debris streams — dust grains left behind Asteroid 2004 TG10 and debris from Comet 2P Encke. July 22, Mercury at its greatest western elongation: Mercury will be at its highest point above the horizon in the eastern sky just before sunrise. Nov. 4-5, Taurid meteor shower peak: The Taurids are active for longer than any other meteor shower of the year, running annually from Sept. 7 to Dec. 10. The best viewing time is after midnight. The Taurids aren't particularly prolific, producing only about five to 10 meteors an hour. See our, Read a limited number of articles each month, You consent to the use of cookies and tracking by us and third parties to provide you with personalized ads, Unlimited access to washingtonpost.com on any device, Unlimited access to all Washington Post apps, No on-site advertising or third-party ad tracking. Oct.1, full moon: This year, but not every year, the October full moon is also a harvest moon.

Venus will make its closest approach to the sun, and the bright planet will be at its highest point above the western horizon after sunset.

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