HOLLIDEYSBURG – The New Year will bring several notable astronomical events that will be visible to many throughout the United States, but an astronomer at the University of St. Francis Lanik Ruzhitskaya of Hollidesburg is looking forward to NASA's space probe approach to space research. "Primary building blocks" Universe on January 1.
The probe "New Horizons" explores the Kuiper belt and starts transmitting information and photos to Earth starting at 12:33 in the morning. Data and images will take six hours to get to NASA.
Ruzhitskaya – Associate Professor of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Director of the Advocacy Center. She said she was very excited to see what NASA’s New Horizons was opening.
"This is the coolest (event), because we will see it for the first time." she said. The scientists, called Ultima Thule, know little about these giant rocks, which she called "Primary building blocks" mysterious object on the outskirts of the solar system.
NASA woke the New Horizons hibernation ship in June and makes observations that indicate that the Ultima seems unexpected. "dark" World. In mid-December, NASA gave the probe the green light to get closer to the object on its optimal path; after several months of observation, no signs of any potentially dangerous moons or debris were found. According to Ruzhitskaya, the probe will provide a closer look at the most distant object that has ever visited a spacecraft.
Here are the additional astronomical events of 2019, according to AccuWeather:
January 20-21: The super-blood eclipse will glow red over the United States: the most viewed astronomical event of the year will occur in mid-January, when the moon turns red during a total lunar eclipse. This will be the only total lunar eclipse of the year, and it will be seen in the skies of all of North and South America, as well as parts of Europe and Africa on the night of January 20 in the early hours of January. 21. When the moon passes through the shadow of the Earth, it gradually turns from rusty orange to dark red, which gives it the nickname "bloody moon."
A total eclipse will last between 9:36 pm. and 2:48 in the morning. However, the general phase, when the moon turns red, lasts just over an hour, between 11:41 pm. and 12:43 in the morning. This will be the last total lunar eclipse, visible anywhere in the world, until May 26, 2021.
May 6-7: Comet Halley to ignite the Eta Aquarids meteor shower: According to NASA, one of the best meteor showers of 2019 will reach its peak this spring as the Eta Aquarid meteor shower. Residents of the Northern Hemisphere can see up to 30 meteors per hour during their peak. While other meteor showers bring in far more meteors per hour, Eta Aquarids will be one of the few who fall during the new moon phase – the best time to watch is due to the small amount of natural light pollution. This makes it easier to see dimmer meteors that cannot be seen during the bright full moon.
August 12-13: Perseids to impress summer star observers: Every year, stellar observers mark Perseid meteor showers in their calendars, which peak this year at night on August 12 before early morning on August 13.
This year will not be the best show for Perseid, as it falls right before the full moon; however, the meteors associated with Perseids are usually brighter than the meteors of other meteor showers, so observations of falling stars should be abundant.
November 11: Mercury should follow the surface of the Sun: November 11 there will be a rare alignment of the planets, which will be visible for most of the world. However, Ruzhitskaya warns that to protect your eyes from irreversible damage caused by looking directly at the sun, you need the proper equipment – sunglasses with solar filters. Mercury will pass directly between the Earth and the Sun, appearing as a small black dot on the surface of the Sun, and it will still be difficult to observe. This alignment will not be repeated until November 13, 2032. Solar filter glasses can be purchased online from reputable suppliers and should be ordered a few weeks or months earlier.
To learn more about New Horizons events and local astronomical clubs, visit: New Horizons: https://www.nasa.gov/mission-pages/newhorizons/main/index.html And, http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/