Just look up: cosmic events Victorians can see in 2023
Meteor showers, a blue moon, and a solar eclipse are all happening in 2023 and can be witnessed by Victorians. Find out what is happening and when.
Astronomers believe there are vastly more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on Earth - and that’s not including every comet and asteroid flying about.
With so much activity in our cosmic neighbourhood, there’s plenty of wonderous events to witness – even without a telescope.
Former President of the Astronomical Society of Victoria Perry Vlahos has a favourite cosmic fact: “There is an amazing cosmic coincidence that occurs with the sun and the moon to allow us to see a total eclipse of the sun,” he says. “Because the sun is 400 times larger than the moon, but the moon is 400 times closer to us, it allows a much smaller moon to hide an enormous sun.”
Vlahos, an astronomer who spends his time staring at the stars, says there are plenty of celestial events to be seen by the naked eye this year – and some that may be a tad overblown.
From the supposed ‘miracle green comet’, to astronomical events happening once in a (literal) blue moon, these are the highlights of what to gaze at in our galaxy this year.
For those wanting a good view at any of these events, try out Vlahos’ best locations for stargazing at any time of the year.