Ultimate guide for astronomical events to spot over Merseyside through 2017

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After being treated to a stunning view of Venus  on Merseyside here are some other amazing events you will be able to spot this year.

12th January – Venus

Venus will be at it’s brightest on 12th January as it will be 47 degrees from the sun making it the best time to view it.

19th January – Mercury

On 19th January Mercury will be easily visible as it will be 24 degrees from the sun.

Mercury will be in the eastern sky just before sunrise.

January – International Space Station

The ISS will be visible throughout January. Just look for a bright fast travelling object.

For the latest ISS times for Merseyside visit our page here.

11th February – A penumbral lunar eclipse

A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth’s partial shadow, or penumbra. During this type of eclipse the Moon will darken slightly but not completely.

7th April – Jupiter

The giant planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun which will make it visible with the naked eye.

It will be brighter than any other time of the year and will be visible all night long.

A medium-sized telescope should be able to show you some of the details in Jupiter’s cloud bands.

A good pair of binoculars should allow you to see Jupiter’s four largest moons, appearing as bright dots on either side of the planet.

6th & 7th May – Eta Aquarids meteor shower

The waxing gibbous moon will block out many of the fainter meteors this year. But if you are patient, you should be able to catch quite a few of the brighter ones.

Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight.

Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

15th June – Jupiter

Another chance to spot Jupiter on its close approach to earth.

7th August – Partial Lunar Eclipse

A partial lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the Earth’s partial shadow, or penumbra, and only a portion of it passes through the darkest shadow, or umbra.

During this type of eclipse a part of the Moon will darken as it moves through the Earth’s shadow.

12th & August – Perseids Meteor Shower

One of the most popular meteor showers as up to 60 bright meteors an hour can be spotted.

December 13th & 14th – Geminids Meteor Shower

The most spectacular showers of them all when up to 120 bright meteors can be spotted.

All you need is a bit of clear sky and to look up!

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