Nature always delights us with many extraordinary events. There are amazing natural phenomena that occur so rarely that we can only observe them once in our lifetime. In the next 100 years, will anything interesting happen on Earth?
Rare astronomical phenomena will occur soon in the future
1. October 14, 2023: Ring of Fire
October 14, 2023: Ring of Fire
This is an annular solar eclipse that occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, but the Moon is too far from Earth to completely obscure it. This is why the Moon appears smaller than the Sun and does not completely cover it. Almost all of North America will be able to observe this partial solar eclipse called the “Ring of Fire”.
2. April 13, 2029: the asteroid Apophis will pass near the Earth
April 13, 2029: The asteroid Apophis will pass near Earth
Our universe is filled with asteroids, from small pebbles to giant mountain-like rocks. Apophis is a planet discovered in 2004. It was identified as a potentially dangerous asteroid that could impact Earth due to its large size. Apophis has a diameter of approximately 369 meters, slightly taller than the Eiffel Tower.
On April 13, 2029, the asteroid will be a few “steps” from the surface of our planet, less than 32,000 km. People on the ground in the Eastern Hemisphere can see Apophis without the aid of a telescope or binoculars. But if for some reason you miss it, don’t worry, in 2068 Apophis will return and fly near Earth again.
3. June 26, 2029: The darkest lunar eclipse of the century
June 26, 2029: darkest lunar eclipse of the century
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon is completely in Earth’s shadow. On June 26, 2029, scientists say, we will witness one of the darkest lunar eclipses in hundreds of years. This event will last approximately 1 hour and 42 minutes.
When this happens, the Moon turns a bright red color and appears ominous, which is why the phenomenon is called “Moon of blood”. The reason is simple: red rays pass through our atmosphere and therefore have this color. This event will be best seen in South America.
4. September 8, 2040: Parade of the Planets
September 8, 2040: Parade of the Planets
The Parade of the Planets is a rare event where all the planets in our solar system align. In 2040, according to NASA, we will be able to see with the naked eye a group including Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and the Moon aligned in a straight line.
5. December 6, 2052: The brightest supermoon of the century
December 6, 2052: The brightest supermoon of the century
The Moon’s orbit around Earth is egg-shaped, not circular. So there are two times when this planet will be closer to us or further away during its orbit around Earth. And because the size of the Moon’s orbit changes slightly over time, the closest point each month is not always the same distance from Earth.
A supermoon is when the full moon is very close to us. The phenomenon is so named because at that time the Moon will be very large and up to 30% brighter than usual. In 2052, it will be the closest and brightest supermoon this century. Our satellite will be 17,000 miles closer to Earth than usual.
6. March 24, 2100: The North Star will be closest to the North Pole
March 24, 2100: The North Star will be closest to the North Pole
The North Star is famous for being sailors’ first compass for centuries, helping to indicate the direction of north. But, ironically, this star does not correspond exactly to north.
Our planet has no fixed axis because Earth moves through space over time, rotating like a giant float. Therefore, the Polar Star is not located exactly on the axis of rotation of the Earth, it flies across the sky every night. The arc is so small that humans cannot see it.
However, on March 24, 2100, the North Star will finally appear above the true north of our planet. After that, it will begin to gradually move away and return only after 26,000 years. This is therefore a truly rare event.
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