Lots going on in the cosmos this year; keep your eyes trained skyward.

Six Supermoons, Four Eclipses and Planetary Parties! Sizzling Skies in 2015


The year 2015 is truly mystical for astronomical happenings: Six supermoons, four eclipses and lots of planetary canoodling will make for some sizzling skies.

Moreover, many of these events coincide with earthly and spiritual happenings such as the spring equinox and Easter, in the ongoing, complex dance between the human and the cosmic.

February is ruled by planets, with Jupiter at opposition—meaning it will be as close to Earth as it ever gets, and will in addition be fully facing the sun, so it will be at its brightest. That will happen on the sixth, just a few days after the February 3 full moon. On the 22nd, Venus and Mars will snuggle up in conjunction, to the west right after sunset.

Venus, of course, will climb higher and higher in the sky through August.

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Spring arrives on March 20, and with it a total solar eclipse across the Arctic.

“The path of totality will begin in the central Atlantic Ocean and move north across Greenland and into northern Siberia,” says

Both April and September bring total lunar eclipses to Turtle Island, the last two in a tetrad that started in 2014, explains. The September one, on the 28th, is also a super moon and marks the moon’s closest approach to Earth for the year. The April one, on the fifth, falls a day before Easter.

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Look for a blue moon in July, the first of three full super moons in August (the year’s first three super moons are invisible new moons earlier in the year) and a partial solar eclipse over Africa and the Indian Ocean in September, tells us.

In October, Venus, Mars and Jupiter will get into it in a rare triple conjunction in a tiny triangle eastward just before sunrise. Likewise, Venus will visit the moon just before sunrise on December 7, as well as give us “a fine dusk pairing” with Jupiter on July 1, says.

The year’s meteor showers, kicked off as usual by the January 3 Quadrantids, start up again in April with the Lyrids, courtesy of comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, and this year moonlight won’t compete. The Eta Aquarids follow in May, then the Delta Aquarids at the end of July, with the Perseids just a couple of weeks later in mid-August. Then in October the Draconids and Orionids grace our autumn skies, with the Taurids and Leonids arriving in November. Also in November, a surprise once-a-decade showing of the Alpha Monocerotids is possible this year, according to December, of course, brings us the Geminids, plus the dimmer and less noticeable Ursids just before Christmas.

These, too, could hold some surprises, with “possible wildcard outbursts from the Alpha Monocerotid and Taurid meteors, and a favorable New Moon near the peak of the August Perseids” are possible, says.

Rounding out the year, the last full moon will fall on Christmas Day itself, shining down upon the end of 2015 in a gleaming goodbye.

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