HOLLIDAYSBURG – The new year will bring some important astronomical events that will be seen for many people throughout the United States, but Saint Francis University astronomer Lanika Ruzhitskaya from Hollidaysburg most looks forward to NASA's approach to space investigation to approach "Primordial building blocks" the universe on January 1.
The investigation, called New Horizons, is exploring the Kuiper Belt and will begin transmitting information and photos of the Earth starting at 12.33 am. Data and images will take six hours to reach NASA.
Ruzhitskaya is an assistant professor of physics and astronomy and serves as director of the Science Outreach Center. He said he was very happy to see what was revealed by NASA's new horizons.
"This is the coolest (event) because this is the first time we will see it," he says. Called Ultima Thule, scientists don't know much about these giant stones, which he calls "Primordial building blocks" mysterious objects on the outskirts of the solar system.
NASA generated a New Horizon plane from hibernation in June and has made observations, showing that Ultima seems unexpected "dark" world. In mid-December, NASA gave a green light probe to approach the object on its optimal path after months of observation found no signs of a potentially dangerous moon or debris. The investigation will provide a close view of the most distant object the spacecraft has ever visited, Ruzhitskaya said.
Here are additional astronomical events in 2019, according to AccuWeather:
r January 20-21: A blood lunar eclipse blushes in the United States: The most viewed astronomical event this year will take place in mid-January when the moon turns red during a total lunar eclipse. This will be the only total lunar eclipse this year, and it will be seen in the sky throughout North and South America, as well as parts of Europe and Africa, on the night of January 20 to early morning January 21. When the moon passes through the shadows of the Earth, the moon it will gradually turn into dark red orange, resulting in a nickname from "blood Moon."
The entire eclipse will take place between 9:36 a.m. and 2:48 in the morning. However, the total phase when the moon will appear red will only last a little more than one hour, between 11:41 a night. and 12:43 a.m. This will be the last total lunar eclipse seen anywhere in the world until May 26, 2021.
r 6-7 May: Halley Comet to trigger Eta Aquarids meteor shower: One of the best meteor showers in 2019 will peak this spring as the Eta Aquarid meteor shower, according to NASA. Northern Hemisphere residents can see up to 30 meteors per hour during their peak. While other meteor showers, carrying more meteors per hour, Eta Aquarids will be one of the few that falls during the new moon phase – the best time to see because of the low amount of natural light pollution. This makes it easier to see dim meteors that cannot be seen during a bright full moon.
r 12-13 August: People who impress summer connoisseurs: Every year, star connoisseurs mark Perseid meteor showers on their calendars, which peak this year on the night of August 12 until the morning of August 13.
This year will not be the best show for the Perseids because it falls right before the full moon; However, meteors associated with the Perseids are usually brighter than meteors from other meteor showers, so observation of shooting stars must be abundant.
November 11: Mercury traces across the face of the Sun: Rare planetary alignment will occur on November 11 and will be seen in most parts of the world. However, the right equipment – sun filter glasses are needed to protect the eyes from permanent damage caused by looking directly into the sun, Ruzhitskaya warns. Mercury will pass directly between the Earth and the Sun, appearing as a small black dot on the surface of the Sun and will still be difficult to observe. This alignment will not occur again until November 13, 2032. Solar filter glasses are available online from leading vendors and must be ordered several weeks or months in advance.
To learn more about New Horizons and local astronomy club events, visit: New Horizons: https://www.nasa.gov/mission–pages/newhorizons/main/index.html And, http://pluto.jhuapl.edu /