When we spend our days spacing out to the same street views and walking the same sidewalks, it’s easy to get comfortable—or maybe even a little restless—in our daily routines. Even if that sense of routine can leave you feeling stuck in a creative box, you have more access to new forms of inspiration than you think. All you have to do is look up.
With two supermoons in the first month of the new year, and three above average meteor showers scattered throughout 2018, it’s certainly setting up to be an eventful year in the cosmos. Check out the schedule below to see where you could add something (inter)stellar to your shooting schedule, and then head over to Storyblocks to do some virtual stargazing.
Super Moon – January 2, January 31
During a “supermoon” event, the Moon is at closest possible distance to Earth, which results in the jaw-dropping view that takes over the sky—and all of social media. When there are two super moons in one month, as there are in January, the second is called a “blue moon.” Feel free to break out your favorite Belgian white for the occasion.
Total Lunar Eclipse – Jan 31, July 27
In a total lunar eclipse, the Moon passes completely through the Earth’s shadow. The Moon gets gradually darker and appears a rusted red color. Unlike this summer’s total solar eclipse, you won’t need those elusive 3D-movie sunglasses and it should be much easier to document on photo and video. Astronomers in the western part of North America, eastern Asia, and Australia will have the best view of the eclipse in totality.
Star-gaze During the New Moon – Mid-month
Did you know that the new moon, or the beginning of the newest phase of the lunar cycle, is the best time to stargaze each month? All the finest galaxies and star clusters are at prime visibility during this part of the cycle, because there’s no moonlight to interfere. This takes place in the middle of each month, so look out for the first of 2018 on the 17th of January.
When is the best time to see the Northern Lights?
Peak: November – March
This cosmic light show is caused by electrically charged particles from the sun smashing into Earth’s magnetic field. The solar wind runs down to the magnetic poles creating the green, red and blue particles across the perma-frosty landscape of the Arctic region. Although the lights are visible at multiple times during the year, it’s best to venture to the Arctic Circle in the window leading up to the winter solstice. During this time, Iceland can see up to 19 consecutive hours of darkness—which can only mean more opportunities to see this natural wonder.
Trying to Catch a Shooting Star?
Watch out for these dates in 2018:
Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower
Origin: Halley’s Comet (unknown)
Peak: May 6 – May 7
As an above average meteor shower, it peaks at 60 meteors an hour in the Southern Hemisphere. The Northern Hemisphere has slightly less to see, as it only peaks at 30 per hour. You should be able to see this meteor shower in its full glory sometime after midnight, in any place without much light pollution.
Perseids Meteor Shower
Origin: Swift-Tuttle Comet (1862)
Peak: August 12 – August 13
Perseids is famous for its large number of bright meteors—typically 60 an hour—so if you happen to miss 11:11 on August 12th, you’ll have quite a few more chances to even the score. Provided there’s no excess cloud cover, the night’s crescent moon should make for good visibility.
Geminids Meteor Shower
Origin: 3200 Phaethon Asteroid (1982)
Peak: December 13 – December 14
The galaxy saved the best and brightest meteor shower for last: Geminids is scheduled to peak at 120 meteors per hour in the early morning of December 14th. The first quarter moon sets at midnight, the largely dark skies should make for an easy viewing experience for one of the best natural light shows of the year.
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