Astronomical Phenomena in 2017

This 2017 brings surprises to those who like to look at the sky, including two eclipses of sun that can be seen in our continent

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2017-01-05 | 15:36:41 EST
The annular eclipse of Tuesday was only observed in all its fullness in Antarctica, some areas of Australia and southern India.The annular eclipse of Tuesday was only observed in all its fullness in Antarctica, some areas of Australia and southern India. Photo: http://www.noticiassin.com/Zoom

North American people will be able to appreciate the first total eclipse of the sun after almost 70 years, reason why it has already earned the qualifier of «eclipse of the century. »

While, an annular eclipse, which will occur in South America, will reveal an astonishing «ring of fire» in the region of Patagonia, Cubadebate reported.

In addition, two eclipses of moon, a super moon and a lot of meteor showers will take place throughout the year, according to the data by the National Administration of the Aeronautics and the Space (NASA).

Regarding Eclipses

The first solar eclipse of the year will take place on February 26, being an annular eclipse: the Moon will partly cover the sun so that a crown of light will be seen in its maximum phase. The best place to see this eclipse will be southern Argentina (Comodoro Rivadavia) and Chile (Puerto Aysen), where you can see totally this phenomenon. In the cities of Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile and Montevideo, the eclipse will be of a 60 percent.

The second solar eclipse will take place on August 21, and it will be a total eclipse. That is, the sun will be covered throughout its circumference, and it can be seen in North America, mainly along the territory of the United States.

From the South East coast to the north of the West coast you will be able to appreciate in different phases, but its maximum point of darkness will be seen between the states of Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia and it will last 2:40 minutes. Border cities in Northern Mexico could reach the 60 percent of the eclipse.

On August 7, a partial eclipse of the moon will take place. And on September 11 the Americans will be able to appreciate a moon penumbral eclipse, which occurs when the Moon is in the shadow that the Earth makes to stand in front of the Sun and only slightly darken it.

And, in 2017 there will be only one super moon on December 3, which will not exceed in size those of the previous 2016 considered the year of the super moons.

Meteor Showers in 2017 brings

Rains of stars are actually meteor showers, fragments of astronomical objects like comets that burn as they enter the Earth's atmosphere.

In 2017 there will be 10 moments of this phenomenon in its different types, which receive their names from the constellations.

On January 3, for example, you can see the Quadrantids. It is a rain that occurs in the first five days of each year in the constellation Bootes and receives its name by the old constellation Quadrans Muralis

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