|2015-1-03: 2015 Is Going to be a Great Year for Stargazing! ⬅︎ |
|We start the year with Comet Lovejoy which should be visible for most of January. Although this may never
reach naked-eye visibility, it should be visible if you know where to look using binoculars and small
telescopes. Humans have long been fascinated by comets... if you've never seen one before, this is your
best chance for 2015. Click the Calendar link to the left to see a map of Comet Lovejoy's path.
We will be having, not one, but two Total Lunar Eclipses visible from our area this year! Mark the dates
April 3rd and September 27th on your calendar and cross your fingers for good weather.
Starting in the 1960s, we have been sending spacecrafts to other worlds in our solar system.
We've gone to Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune as well as to asteroids and comets.
But we've never sent a spacecraft to Pluto before. This will change on July 14th when the New Horizons
spacecraft, pictured above, will fly within 6,200 miles of Pluto. It will study Pluto and its moons Charon,
Kerberos, Styx and perhaps find new ones. There should be lots of news and pictures on the web around
Perhaps the most watched and loved meteor shower of the year, the Perseids, will finally occur close to a
New Moon. This is the first time in years in which bright light from the moon won't be washing out the
night sky during this event allowing us to view the Perseids in all their glory! Be watching the nights of
August 12th and 13th.
There are lots of other cool events this year. For details on all these events, click the Calendar link on