1989 Almanac of Celestial Events

For astronomy buffs, here's a guide to assorted celestial events and astronomical phenomena in 1989.



celestial events - sun and earth to scale
The year 1989 may bring strong activity with flares and sunspots. If so, vivid celestial events such as the Northern Lights are virtually assured.
PHOTO: NASA
celestial events - moon phases diagram
Sunlight, reaching the moon from the upper left in this illustration, illuminates our satellite and creates its phases: 1) new moon, 2) crescent, 3) first quarter, 4) gibbous and 5) full. The moon then wanes through the sequence in reverse. Far right: a calendar of moon phases.
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celestial events - lunar eclipse diagram
The lunar eclipse expected on August 16, 1989 will be the longest since 1982.
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celestial events - stages of a lunar eclipse
The phases of a lunar eclipse.
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celestial events - meteor shower
1989 should also be a good year to view meteor showers.
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