What to look up for in 2018

The only interesting January event for viewers in Montreal will be the so-called Blue Moon on the 31st. There will be another in March.

For eclipses, lunar or solar, this is a good year to move to Asia, Africa, or Greenland.

The two best meteor showers of 2018 are predicted to be the Perseids in August and the Geminids in December.

The Perseids are usually a good show–esp if there is no moon in the sky which will be the case in 2018 as the crescent moon sets early.  The best night will be that of the 12-13, but the days before and after that also offer good viewing. The best nights are over a weekend, so with all this going for it, rest assured it will rain all week.

I have braved the cold for the Geminids —  and it was darn cold that night!– but it was not all that exciting. There were fewer meteors than an average Perseid shower, but OTOH, they were very bright. And some years are better than others, so you never know!

There is a neat little interactive video showing how earth orbits through the dust left behind by the Swift-Tuttle comet. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/best-bet-meteor-showers-for-2018/

For more 2018 events, click http://www.seasky.org/astronomy/astronomy-calendar-2018.html