2023 Astronomical Events

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Marco Verch

A million things to see in the night sky.

Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) has made the news as it is visible to the naked eye. The comet will be closest to Earth on Feb. 1 and 2, but what other astronomical events will happen this year?
To start off the year, there will be a planetary conjunction between Venus and Saturn on Jan. 22 and Mercury at its most visible on Jan. 3o.
In the next month, there will be a planetary conjunction between the Moon and Jupiter on Feb. 22. A Hybrid solar eclipse will occur on April 20 and the Lyrid meteor shower will be on April 22. The meteor shower peak will occur at 9 p.m. ET.
“My dad and I drive out to the middle of nowhere so we can see the meteor shower the best. It’s a tradition now to go at least once a year,” sophomore, Katherine Martin said.
The Penumbral lunar eclipse will be on May 5 and Venus will be at its best viewing on June 4.
The Perseid meteor shower peaks on Aug. 12, from 3-10 a.m. ET, a Lunar occlusion of Antares is on Aug. 24, Saturn reaches opposition on Aug. 27 and a Blue Moon will occur at 9:36 p.m. ET on Aug. 30.
“My sister and I go to the park when there is a Blue Moon and we sit on lawn chairs and eat popcorn. It looks really cool,” junior, Elizabeth Davis said.
An Annular solar eclipse will occur on Oct. 14 and the Orionid meteor shower on Oct. 21. The Leonid meteor shower will peak at 11 p.m. ET on Nov. 17. In the last month of the year, the Gemenid meteor shower will peak at 2 p.m. ET on Dec. 14 and the Ursid meteor shower will peak at 11 p.m. ET on Dec. 22.