Whatever else 2019 could bring, a series of rare astronomical events began in the next 12 months, starting in January.
According to The Sky website, the next month will begin at Quantcast's meteor shower (January 3-4), followed by the partial solar eclipse on January 6th.
But the peak of the moon will be the complete eclipse of the 21st of January. According to NASA, it will be seen in most of North America. The Moon's Delta is created when the moon passes behind the Earth and into the shadow of the planet, causing the Moon to shine and pop in a bloody reddish color.
The next major event will take place in May, when there will be a rare blue moon on May 18th.
"This full moon was known for early Indian tribes like Full Flower Moon, because it was the time of year when spring flowers came out in abundance," says Nebo on his web site. "Because this is the third of the four full moons this season, is known as the blue moon. This rare calendar event occurs only once every few years, leading to the term "once in the blue moon."
Normally, there are only three full moons in each season, but since full months occur every 29.53 days, the season period will include four full months.
"An additional full moon season is known as the blue moon," the website says. "Blue months occur on average every 2.7 years."
July 2 will be a complete solar eclipse (when the moon passes directly in front of the sun), but it will not be visible in North America, only in parts of the South Pacific Ocean and some parts of South America.
October 13, full moon will be a blood moon, which occurs when the moon is on the opposite side of the Earth as the sun.
But on December 13 and 14, the King of Meteor Rain, the Geminid, has its culmination, bringing as many as 120 meteors per hour that will be visible in North America.
"Unfortunately, almost a full moon will block many meteors this year, but the Geminids are so great and numerous that they could still be a good show," the website says. "The best view will be from the dark spot after midnight. Meteors will radiate from Twilight constellations, but may appear anywhere in the sky. "