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Watching the full moon on October 31, 2020

On the last day of the month, one can observe the full moon in the sky. The ideal observation time is 14:51 (UTC). And what do people associate the full moon with? It has always been considered the most magical time of the year.

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Draconid Meteor Shower

Another meteor shower this week. On October 8, 2020 the maximum effect of the Draconid meteor shower is expected. The coordinates of the radiant during its maximum are as follows: alpha - 262 degrees, delta - + 56 degrees. Ideal time for observations: October 8 at 20:00 UT, as well as October 9 at 4:00 UT and from 9.

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Mars and Earth Convergence

Convergence of Mars and Earth in early October. First week of October 2020 will be characterized by the approach of Mars to Earth. On October 6, the distance between the two planets will be 62 million kilometers, which, by astronomical standards, is practically the minimum distance.

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Observing the Andromeda's Nebula

Already in mid-September, immediately after sunset, it will be possible to observe the galaxy beautifully named as “Andromeda’s Nebula” (M31). It will be possible to see it more clearly through binoculars, and if you also have a telescope, then you will be able to see its satellites - compact elliptical galaxies M 32 and M 110.

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August 2020: Comets

Great news for all those who have at home not even professional, but amateur telescopes: all week from August 3 to 9, in the evening and morning twilight, three comets will be seen in the sky simultaneously: Neowise, Panstarrs, and Lemmon.

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Brightest celestial body of July — Jupiter

This is the planet that will be most interesting and easiest to observe throughout July. It will become the brightest by July 14, when it is in a confrontation with the Sun and is clearly visible in the night sky.

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Lunar Occultation of Venus

Lunar occultation of Venus on June 19, 2020 - don’t forget to see. On June 19, with daytime visibility, it will be possible to observe an eclipse (occultation) of Venus by the Moon. Lunar occultationr means that Venus will be completely closed by the Earth’s satellite, and then will appear again creating a beautiful light.

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Dance of Planets

On June 7 and 8 Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon will appear together in the night sky. This arrangement of three celestial bodies in the same line is called «dance of planets», and it can be well seen immediately after midnight.

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Lunar Eclipse June 5, 2020

On June 5, 2020 the second lunar eclipse of this year will be observed in the sky, which will also coincide with the full moon. The eclipse will be clearly visible in different parts of the world: the inhabitants of Asia, Australia, Europe, Africa, South America and southwestern Russia will be able to observe it.

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Mercury in May 2020

Let’s assume you are going to observe Mercury from May 15 to 22. What needs to be done to determine its location? To begin with, find Venus, the largest and brightest star, and a little lower, almost above the horizon, you can find Mercury, which also differs from other stars with its intense white light.

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Hurricane Season 2020

The current Atlantic hurricane season promises to be the strongest for the last few years. The annual hurricane season starts in the Atlantic Ocean on June 1 and it will last till the end of November. According to the forecast of the Climate Prediction Center of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) the 2020 season will surpass previous years as for the strength and frequency of storms and hurricanes.

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SWAN Comet

A new comet will pass its closest to the Earth on May 13, 2020 Good news for those who want to see something interesting in the sky without any special devices. The chance will come on May 13 as that will be the night when the comet named SWAN will approach our planet and become visible.

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