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Dreaming in the Stars: the Sky 2020, What to Watch for

I remember laying blankets on the ground with my kids, we would lay there watching stars asking questions and ponder the vastness of the dark sky. I guess my fascination of the sky came from my Dad. He always pointed out stars and planets, encouraging us to look up to the sky and notice all it has to offer. His childish excitement as he pointed out some miraculous site made my heart happy. Catching a glimpse of a falling star was always so special. Even though the knowledge of the stars goes beyond my expertise my favorite hobby is stargazing, wondering and dreaming as I look up to the night sky. I hope that I passed on the love of the night sky on to my children so they can broaden their mind, dream and catch a glimpse in the universe as my Dad did for me.

Now it’s 2020 a year that seemed forever away as I grew up, it was some future year with more cars flying then on the road. The new roaring 20’s is now here we may not own flying cars, but we have come a long way. I don’t know what the future looks like, but I can help give you a glimpse of what is in the night stars for us this year.

I’m going to share with you some amazing happenings in our sky this year in my blog with monthly insights to what’s happening in our stars right here on the Gypsy Soul Vacations blog. I want to give you some great tips as to where you can go to get the most out of the specular sights. Please don’t forget your backyard has some phenomenal sites as well it is a great viewing area to share with your family. I hope you can get out with your loved ones, friends, by yourself, or even with your fur-babies to look up and notice the wonderous sights above.

January 3-4 Quadrantids Meteor shower

This mystical shower believed to be produced by dust grains left behind by an extinct comet we know as 2003EH1, discovered in 2003. Spectators can view this shower annually from January 1-5. The Quadrantids meteor shower in 2020 will peak between the 3rd to the 4th. The best viewing time is after midnight looking towards the constellation Boötes. To find Boötes look for the big dipper follow the ‘arc’ of the handle across the sky to the red star Arcturus, which is the bottom of the constellation Boötes.

Long before we inhabited the earth the stars twinkled in the sky. A region known for viewing the sky in the darkest of night is the Lake Havasu region. In fact, the Lake Havasu region does not have streetlights in the residential areas to protect the beautiful dark sky for all to enjoy. This makes an excellent location for stargazers to watch the Quadrantids meteor shower. The average high temperature in January is 64 degrees and the average low temperature is 43. So, bring a blanket, and enjoy the show!

January 10

Full Wolf Moon

This full moon in January was named by native tribes who heard the hungry wolves howling outside of camp. This January moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the sun and moons face will be fully illuminated. If you live or are traveling in the Eastern hemisphere you may notice Earths faint shadow on the moons face.

Not only on January 10th will you be able to see the full wolf moon, it is also the first lunar eclipse of 2020. To view the wolf moon eclipse, you will need to travel to Asia, Australia, Europe or Africa. Although this is not a large lunar eclipse viewer may notice a shade darker during maximum phase of this eclipse.

Travel to a land that is so flat that you will be able to see a 360-degree view of the sky with nothing in the way at all! You will have to head out to the Namib Desert, Nambia. Located far from any human habitation, with no light pollution of any sort. The Namib Desert is among one of the darkest areas on Earth. With a daytime high temperature of 92 in January. Tours are available of this marvelous land with stunning views and such beautiful colors they will leave you speechless. Did I mention that at times it is deadly quiet, can you even imagine what that sounds like? Perfect place to view the Wolf moon lunar eclipse.

January 24

The new moon in Aquarius

The moon and sun will side on the same side of Earth meaning the moon will not be visible. A great time to get out your telescopes and check out the planets, galaxies, and stars.

With the moon not shining brightly in the night sky it’s a great time to find the milky way. Peer through the darkest skies in the country at Natural Bridges Monument, Utah the first certified dark sky park. The daytime brings awesome natural bridge formations, at night marvel at more stars then you knew existed. It’s possible to see 15,000 stars throughout the night! Here's a little tidbit to compare; in most cities you see less than 500. Get out there and catch the Milky Way while the moons away!

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