Top astronomical events of 2022: When to see 2 total lunar eclipses, 6 planets in alignment | Full moon calendar

The night sky has some deals for 2022: Expect lunar eclipses, planetary alignments, and meteor showers!

According to AccuWeather, the new year brings not one but two total lunar eclipses – the first on the night of May 15-16 and the last on November 8, according to AccuWeather.

The total lunar eclipse in May will be visible over the entire contiguous United States, weather permitting of course. Unfortunately for the West Coasters, the eclipse will only be visible for a short time.

However, the Western United States has the upper hand for a lunar eclipse in November, as the moon will set just before the height of the eclipse on the East Coast.

Andrew Fazekas, “Night Sky Boy” and science columnist for National Geographic, says a lunar eclipse occurs when the full moon enters the Earth’s shadow. This makes the moon orange or red.

“This is when [the moon] that weird orange-red color. All the sunsets and sunrises around the Earth are being transmitted at the same time as the thin film of our atmosphere blocks that light. [the sun behind us] to the surface of the moon,” he said.

North Americans may not get the chance to watch a total lunar eclipse from home until 2025, according to AccuWeather.

At dawn on June 24, six planets will appear to form a rare alignment with the moon.

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are all bright enough to be seen with the naked eye and will line up in order in the eastern sky.

The crescent moon will line up between Venus and Mars.
Two spectacular meteor showers reappear every year in 2022. The first Perseid meteor shower peaked on the night of August 12-13.

Perseids typically produce between 50 and 100 shooting stars per hour, but this year, the shower competes with a super bright moon that will shine several nights before.

Finally, the Geminid meteor shower ends the year with a holiday show. The rain typically delivers more than 100 meteors per hour, but like the Perseids, it competes with a near-full moon.

AccuWeather recommends watching Geminids 2022 before moonrise, between 10pm and 11pm local time.

PICTURE DESCRIPTION: Full moon partial lunar eclipse from around the world

Full moon schedule for 2022, according to NASA

  • Moon wolf: Monday, January 17
  • Snow moon: Wednesday, February 16
  • Worm Moon: Friday, March 18
  • Pink Moon: Saturday, April 16
  • Flower moon: Monday, May 16 (total lunar eclipse)
  • Moon Strawberry: Tuesday, June 14
  • Deer Moon: Wednesday, July 13
  • Sturgeon Moon: Thursday, August 11
  • Harvest Moon: Saturday, September 10
  • moon thief: Sunday, October 9
  • Moon Beaver: Tuesday, November 8 (total lunar eclipse)
  • Cold Moon: Wednesday, December 7

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