Ian Clarke


Happy 2020! Here’s to another trip around the sun. This month I’m going to write about five night sky highlights for the upcoming year.

I decided to include only those phenomena visible locally (so the solar eclipses of June and December are ruled out) and only events recognizable by the average viewer without optical aid (thus “supermoons” and penumbral lunar eclipses are also ruled out). The remaining events below are worth looking up for.

Ian Clarke is the director of the Hatter Planetarium at Gettysburg College. More information, including a calendar of free shows and field trip details, available at www.gettysburg.edu/hatterplanetarium.

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