I don't know what it is lately but we're getting to some amazing celestial phenomenons lately. Last month Montreal was treated to a rare parade of planets and earlier this week, the sky was lit up by a huge fireball!
This upcoming weekend will be no less spectacular because we'll be able to see not 1, but 2 events simultaneously.
Ever heard of the expression: "Once in a blue moon"?
Well that saying stems from the fact that Blue Moons only happen once every few years. It's normally the name given to the 2nd full moon of the month. This blue moon however is extra special.
Normally there are 3 full moons every season, but every once in awhile there is a rare 4th full moon that appears. If this is the case, the 3rd full moon becomes known as "Blue Moon".
If you miss it, you'll have to wait until Jan. 31, 2018 to see the next one. From where we are visibility will be "Fair".
The Blue Moon will appear on Saturday May 21.
The next day a second rare event will happen called Mars Opposition.
Earth will be passing between the Mars and the Sun which means that from our point of view, Mars will appear bright red.
And don't worry about waking up in the middle of the night to catch a glimpse because it will be visible from sundown to sunset.
On August 21st, at around 10:15 am, Canadians will be able to observe an almost total solar eclipse. The moon will pass directly in front of the sun which will cast a shadow onto the Earth.
From our perspective in Montreal, the sun will be partially covered. Only a small part of the sun will peak above the moon. However, in certain parts of America, the eclipse will cause a total blackout.
The snow stayed for about a day before it melted, making the desert look like more caramel sundae. So the "desert" became a "dessert". Luckily an amateur photographer named Karim Bouchetata managed to get some photos of the strange event.
It's only the second time anyone can recall seeing snow in the Sahara. The last this happened was in 1979.
...and not just any Supermoon, this will be the biggest Supermoon in the last 70 years!
On November 14th the moon will be at its closest point from Earth which will make it appear up to 15% bigger and 30% brighter than it normally does.
Coincidentally, the moon will also be full, making it a Super Full Moon which is even rarer.
Plus, the moon will appear lower in the horizon, and when that happens, your eyes compares the size of the moon to the objects in the distance which creates an optical illusion that makes it seem even bigger.
Finally, the reason why this will be the biggest moon in 70 years is because it's also winter. Winter moons are closer because Earth is closer to the sun causing the sun’s gravity to pull the moon even closer.
When you combine all of these factors together it will make for one giant moon and one spectacular show.