- We present you a guide with the most representative of the new year
2024 will be an important year for astronomy, since different events will happen beyond the sky. From an annular solar eclipse to planets approaching our moon. We present to you the 5 most important astronomical events of 2024.
Mercury and the moon
January inaugurates astronomical events with Mercury high. On January 9th starting at 6:48 pm the conjunction of the Moon and Mercury will take place.
The next morning, Mercury will reach its highest point in our sky.
It is advisable to use a telescope to appreciate the astronomical phenomenon.
Passage of comet PANSTARRS
The Comet Calendar of the Starwalk Space astronomical guide reports that on February 14, comet PanSTARRS will be at perihelion; that is, the moment when the celestial bodies pass closest to the Sun.
The comet can also be seen in March and medium-sized binoculars are enough to see it; However, it is necessary to be located in the southern or northern hemisphere to witness the passage of PANSTARRS.
Total solar eclipse
A total solar eclipse will arrive on April 8, an astronomical event that has given much to talk about in recent months.
The Department of Space Sciences of the Institute of Geophysics of the UNAM points out that this total solar eclipse will occur in the north of the American continent. However, the northern region of Mexico will have the best places to observe it.
The port of Mazatlán, Sinaloa and its surroundings will be the ideal locations to appreciate the event.
The Supermoon on October 17 will be the largest of 2024, since the natural satellite and our planet will be closer together.
Jupiter in the sky
Jupiter will shine in our sky on December 7 and will be in the opposite direction of the Sun in our sky. The planet will reach its highest point around midnight local time, so it will be visible to the naked eye as the sky darkens.