With the new year only just beginning, there are plenty of opportunities to plan some activities in for the rest of the year. If you are looking to try something completely new this year, then why not give stargazing a go?
Stargazing can be the ultimate activity that the whole family can enjoy, as all you really need are your eyes, although other equipment can help! Taking yourself off into the countryside, away from the bright lights of the towns and cities, can often do the trick, or you could always merge stargazing with your glamping trip!
Here at Quality Unearthed, we love anything to do with being outside and truly immersing yourself in some natural wonders. If you would like to give stargazing a go, we have put together this useful list of dates to put in your stargazing calendar.
January 31st: Super Blue Moon Eclipse
As the new year starts, it also brings some wonderful opportunities to see some amazing and rare things in the sky. You will be able to experience a total lunar eclipse on the 31st of January when Earth’s shadow will creep right over the surface of the moon as our planet moves between and sun and the moon. Also adding to the excitement, the full moon will also be a supermoon, when the moon is closer to Earth than usual, so it is much bigger and brighter. It w
Unfortunately, here in the UK, you won’t be able to actually see it, so your first stargazing experience can be done in the comfort of your own home whilst watching a live stream of this incredible event.
March 7th-8th: The Planet Parade
In March, you will be able to watch a planetary alignment dominate the sky during dawn, as Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter will seem to float near each other in the sky. Over a few nights starting on March 7th, the Waning Gibbous Moon will appear to visit each planet in the line-up. On March 8th, you will be able to see the moon tuck itself between Mars and Jupiter.
July 15th: The Moon Meets Venus
During sunset, stargazers should look for the thin crescent moon to appear in a magnificent close encounter with Venus.
July 27th: Total Lunar Eclipse
Stargazers and sky-watchers alike will have another chance to witness the moon go dark on the evening on July 27th, when a total lunar eclipse will be visible. However, this time, the eclipse will occur about half a day after the moon reaches its farthest point from Earth. During this event, the moon will travel through the darkest part of Earth’s shadow, potentially making this a particularly deep total eclipse.
August 11th: Partial Solar Eclipse
During sunrise on August 11th, a partial solar eclipse will greet UK viewers. How big a solar bite you’ll see depends on your location. However, the most spectacular views from land will be from remote sites in Russia and large portions of Northeastern China, but you will still be able to see part of it in the UK.
August 12th-13th: Perseid Meteor Shower
Thought to be one of the most intense annual meteor showers, the Perseids regularly produce up to 60 shooting stars an hour at their peak! 2018 promises to be particularly good in terms of performance since the peak will coincide with a dark and moonless sky. The thin crescent moon will set during the early evening, creating excellent viewing conditions across the Northern Hemisphere.
December 12th: Comet Encounter
Only a prediction at the moment, but it is speculated that comet 46P/ Wirtanen may brighten enough in December. If it does attain naked-eye visibility, it will be the brightest comet seen from the Northern Hemisphere in more than five years!
Only four days after it passes around the sun, the comet will make its closest approach to Earth, coming within 7.2 million miles of the planet on its way toward the outer solar system. At this point, the comet should be easy to hunt down!
With all these incredible events happening this year, why not incorporate your new hobby into glamping trip? Whether you are looking at treehouse holidays UK, or something else, there will be a glamping abode to suit your needs; just take a look at some of our range below.
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