Run through your calendar and write down the dates of the astronomical events of 2023. We’ll see a solar eclipse in Mexico, the passage of a comet, and several meteor showers.
You won’t even need a telescope for some of these astronomical shows, just look at the sky. Of course, it’s important to stress that you shouldn’t be looking at a solar eclipse directly, but using a special lens or filter. Once that is clear, we go with the dates. Tell us, Mister Aguilera, what do we have?
Astronomical Events of 2023 You Can’t Miss
These are some of the astronomical events we will see:
- Quadrilateral meteor shower: It started on December 12, 2022 and will end on January 12, 2023. Its peak will be on January 3. We will be able to see up to 120 meteors per hour, so this is considered a very intense shower. According to the INAOE, the best day to view this event will be the morning of January 4.
- Combination of Moon and Saturn: Will happen on January 23 at 7.22 pm.
- Moon and Jupiter conjunction: We will see this on January 26 at 2:03 PM.
- Comet C/2022 E3: On February 1, this comet will be at its closest point to Earth. It can be seen from 7:19 pm to 3:08 pm. It’s not yet known whether it will be visible to the naked eye or whether you’ll need binoculars to see it, so keep an eye out.
- Perseid meteor shower: This is one of the most intense meteor showers of the year, as up to 140 objects can be seen per hour. It is expected to peak in mid-August this year.
- Solar Eclipse: Will happen on 14 October. The best place to see it would be in the Yucatan Peninsula, where you can see how the Moon almost completely covers the Sun. In the rest of the country, we will see a partial eclipse. Remember that you shouldn’t be looking at it directly.
- Leonidas Meteor Shower: Up to 100 objects per hour will be appreciated with this event. They will reach their peak in mid-November.
- Geminids Meteor Shower: This meteor shower always comes as a complement to year-end festivities, as it occurs in mid-December.
And what about lunar eclipse? According to information from NASA, two of these eclipses will occur in 2023: a penumbral one on May 5 and a partial one on October 28; However, none would appear in Mexico.
The next lunar eclipse that we will see in our country will be on 25 March 2024; It would be a penumbral one.
Regarding full lunar eclipse, we will see one till March 14, 2025. So we have to wait. But don’t worry, because as you can see, we will have a lot of interesting stuff this year.