The astronomical events you should see this fall

During this autumn you can enjoy Mars at dawn, the famous Mercury Transit and three really amazing star showers.

Autumn lasts almost 90 days and during all these days it has a lot to show us astronomically. If you are passionate about the world of astronomy, pay attention to what you should not miss at this time of year. From we tell you the most outstanding phenomena until winter comes!

The first event we suggest will take place tomorrow, October 15. Take some good binoculars and observe the triangle of the Triangle, located three million light years away. It is the largest galaxy in the local group also composed of the Milky Way and Andromeda.

Although Mars is visible on many occasions, the National Astronomical Observatory ensures that throughout the autumn the red planet will be visible at dawn. Are you going to miss it?

The famous ‘Mercury Transit’ arrives

Although, without a doubt, the great astronomical event of autumn is the well-known “Mercury Transit” that will take place on November 11 and will be visible in America, Africa and Europe. What does transit mean? What will happen? The transit is the passage of a planet in front of the surface of the sun and, in this case, Mercury will pass in front of the star.

For this peculiar phenomenon to occur, there must be a conjunction of the lower planet that occurs when it is in one of its orbital nodes. As the National Geographic Institute affirms, in the case of Mercury “the transit can occur if the lower conjunction occurs for about two days before or after its passage through the descending node, which takes place around May 8, and during about four days before or after its passage through the ascending node, which takes place around November 10 ».

The last time this phenomenon occurred was in 2016 and another is not expected until 2032. How long will this transit last? A total of 5 hours and 29 minutes.

Autumn full of star showers

You may have already seen them, but throughout this month and until next November 7 the rain of stars known as Orionids will take place, although its high point will take place on October 18. Do not forget the date and enjoy this meteor shower!

Another of the star rains that will take place this fall are the famous Leonidas that will begin on November 7 and end at the end of this month. The maximum splendor will take place on November 17. Finally, as far as stars are concerned, we cannot forget the Geminids. The period to see them will be between December 4 and 17 and the maximum observation day will take place on December 14.

And you, are you going to miss them?

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