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APRIL 2020 SKY-LENDAR OF EVENTS: Lyrids, Supermoon, and more planet pairings

The month of April is still rich with cosmic eye candies. So while everyone stays at the comfort of their homes to help alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re here to give you a heads up on when to look up the sky. Most of these can be seen from your windows or backyard (inshallah). read more

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WITNESS THE “SUPER WORM EQUINOX MOON” ON MARCH 21ST

Heads up, sky watchers! On March 21st, the appearance of the last in the Supermoon trifecta this year happens Thursday, which also coincides with the much-awaited change of seasons.

This change of seasons is signaled by the March (Vernal) Equinox.This marks the beginning of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere and Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere.What happens on this day is that, the Earth’s axis is neither tilted towards nor away from the Sun, resulting in aroughly equal duration of day and night in all areas of the Earth (approximately 12 hours). read more

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ASTRO LOG: YOUR MARCH 2019 SKY AT A GLANCE

Avid sky-watchers and dedicated astronomy enthusiasts in the United Arab Emirates can bid goodbye to biting cold nights as March ushers in the beginning of spring.

With temperatures beginning to warm, staying outdoors at night will definitely be more enjoyable,especially during this month when the night sky has so much in store for its patrons.

Mark the 21st of March on your calendars, as the last of the Supermoon trifecta for this year will grace the night sky. read more

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ASTRO LOG: What to Watch Out for This January 2019

As the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) coldest month ushers in, a number of well-known winter constellations and deep-sky objects will spruce up the January sky.

The Orion nebula, Perseus cluster, Andromeda galaxy, and the brilliant open star cluster of Pleiades known as the “Seven Sisters” in Taurus (The Bull), will be more prominent in the winter sky, and can be seen as early as 7:30 P.M.

Notable star patterns, or astronomical asterisms, like the Winter Triangle and Winter Hexagon, will also adorn January winter nights.

Planets Mars and Uranus, meanwhile,will be visible after sunset until an hour before midnight. The brighter planets Venus and Jupiter can be observed at 4:30 in the morning until sunrise.

For Mercury fans (not the singer), as well as those of Saturn and Neptune, January will not be a favorable month to observe these planets because of their significant nearness to the Sun.

Expect even shorter days in January with late sunrises from 7:04 to 7:06 in the morning and early sunsets from 5:45 P.M. to 6:07 in the evening.

For more serious sky watching,Al Sadeem Astronomy has prepared below a calendar for January’s sky events.All dates and times were given in UAE Local Time (UTC+4). read more

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THE LUNAR TRIFECTA – SUPER BLUE MOON ECLIPSE 2018!

Right after sunset of January 31, 2018, a rare lunar phenomenon known as the Super Blue Blood Moon was seen at moonrise by numerous astronomy enthusiasts in the UAE. read more

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WHAT’S UP IN THE SKY THIS JANUARY 2018?

It’s the brand new year 2018. Let’s look forward to more awesome astronomy. Wondering what’s going to be up in the sky for the new month? The following is a list of astronomical events for January 2018. All dates and times were given in UAE Local Time. read more

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WITNESS TONIGHT’S SUPERMOON 2017

The commemoration of the UAE 46th National Day will end with an amazing lunar celestial event, the Supermoon 2017. The Full Moon shall be slightly larger (7%) and (16%) brighter than usual. It will the only occurrence for this year 2017 as part of the trilogy of supermoons to happen next month, particularly on January 1 and the other on January 31, 2018. read more

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WHAT’S UP IN THE SKY THIS DECEMBER 2017?

This wonderful year 2017 is about to end soon as nights becoming longer and colder further. With the upcoming holidays, there will be more time to spend chilling out and have bonding moments with family and friends. Wondering what’s going to be up in the sky for the final month of 2017? The following is a list of astronomical events for December 2017. All dates and times were given in UAE Local Time. read more