Our solar system is in constant movement. Whether that is the natural movement of the planets or gravitational force it is going to cause something to happen. And because of this, we have seen some awesome astronomical events. Chances are there will still be more in our lifetime.
If you are wondering what are these rare events in your solar system are. We have made a list for you. And if you are a lover of astronomy, you are going to get super excited after reading this.
Halley’s Comet Next Visit
This comet periodically orbits around our sun every 75 years. It got its name from the astronomer who discovered it on 1531, Edmund Halley. Astronomers reported that this comet is 9 miles long and 5 miles wide and made mostly of icy particles. During its journey through our solar system, it gets illuminated by the sun making it visible in some parts of Earth. The next time it will visit near Earth will be in the year 2061.
Planets Will Align For A Moment
The chances that some planets in a solar system will align, is pretty rare. And this is the reason why astronomers get really excited when it occurs. It already happened in 2002 when Mars, Venus, Mercury, and Jupiter positioned in a line with the sun. There was also a triangular alignment of Jupiter, Mercury, and Venus in 2011. According to some estimation by scientists, the next one will happen in 2040. On that year it will be the moon, Mars, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn that will follow a line.
Venus Transitions is a Rare Astronomical Event
This is among the most amazing astronomical events for sure. Every eight years Venus will travel between the sun and Earth. During this time, the planet will look like a black disk on the surface of the sun. The recent Venus transit that was recorded was in 2012 and it will not be far until it takes the same traverse again.
Beautiful Astronomical Phenomenon: Leonid Meteor Storms
People who can witness this will be very lucky. This phenomenon occurs when Earth passes through the orbit of a comet called Tempel-Tuttle. People who are in the right place and the right time will be able to see a spectacle of 1000 meteors per hour. It normally lasts 15 minutes.
Hale-Bopp Comet Display of Brightness
Two American astronomers have discovered this comet in 1995. Up until now, it is still considered as the brightest comet in space. It is 1000 times brighter than Halley’s Comet making it easily seen by the naked eye.
Once in a Blue Moon
The Blue Moon is a beautiful astronomical event that happens every two years. It occurs when a second full moon happens in a single calendar month. Natural elements such as dust in the atmosphere can also contribute to the occurrence of a blue moon.
The Very Rare Total Eclipse
Humans of this generation were pretty lucky to see the moon completely covering the sun for a short time. This is only possible when the moon moves 400 times closer to the sun and farther from Earth. It only happens every 138 years. And since the last recorded total solar eclipse was on 2012, the next one will be far off in the future.