Driving Home For Christmas Chris Rea
6 December 2017, 13:33
2018 is going to be a magical year!
2017 was a phenomenal year for awe-inspiring nature, and we were treated to many incredible spectacles.
From red-desert skies to gigantic supermoons, it was definitely a year to have the camera at the ready.
And the good news for nature-lovers is that 2018 is shaping up to be just as spectacular, with the first celestial wonder happening as early as January 2nd!
Get your 2018 calendar out of its cellophane, and jot these dates down - because trust us - you WONT want to miss them!
January 2nd - Full Wolf Supermoon
The name derives from the Native American tribes, who would first start to witness hungry wolf packs howling, and this time it's achieved supermoon status due to full moon coinciding with its closes approach to earth (also known as Perigee).
Expected to look 12-14% larger than the average full moon, the best time to see this will be around 2.24am.
January 3rd - Quadrantids Meteor Shower
The first meteor shower of 2018 will happen on the night of January 3rd and into the early hours of the following morning. If the skies are clear, you'll get an incredible view of some magical shooting stars!
January 31st - Total Lunar Eclipse
If you're in North England or Scotland, you should be able to experience the first lunar eclipse of 2018 right at the end of January.
April 22nd - Lyrid Meteor Shower
An abundance of shooting stars are expected to peak on the evening of April 22nd and through to the early hours of April 23rd - but, you'll have to be lucky to see many, as the first quarter moon might mean there's too much of a bright sky for the meteor shower to be noticeably visible. Here's hoping!
May 6th - Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower
You should be a able to get a good view of this meteor shower just before dawn, providing you're based somewhere with little light pollution, and the skies are nice and clear.
July 27th - Total Lunar Eclipse
The second eclipse of the year will be a lot more visible to the U.K than the one earlier on in 2018, and it will also be a Blood Moon, so definitely one to make time for!
August 12th - Perseid Meteors
This celestial wonder will bring us one of the most active and brightest meteor showers of the year, so expect to see an abundance of shooting stars dancing their way across the atmosphere - and if the cloud coverage is minimal, it will be a great one to watch.
October 8th - Draconid Meteor Shower
The first of two meteor showers in October will peak just before nightfall on the 8th.
October 21st - Orionid Meteor Shower
You'l have to stay up a bit later to catch this second lot - they'll be most active just after midnight right through til sunrise.
November 17th - Leonids Meteor Shower
Look towards the constellation Leo, and you should be able to marvel a fantastic meteor shower! During this time, the Earth passes through a stream of debris left behind by a comet.
December 13th - Geminids Meteor shower
Experts claim that this shooting star spectacle will be the BEST of the year, and can produce 60-80meters per hour when it's at its peak - normally you'd expect to experience around 25 per hour.
As comes with any celestial-based activity, it's important to ensure that you situate yourself somewhere where there's very little light pollution, and nothing major obscuring the skyline - experts recommend an open field or similar. Then, if you lie flat on your back and look up at the sky, you should get the best view of some seriously impressive space-action!