November 2022 gifts us with a Total Lunar Eclipse on November 8th followed by the Leonids Meteor Shower on the 17th. Shortly after the Lunar Eclipse, Uranus is at Opposition to the Sun. If the bright Moon does not cloud your view, that night will be a great time to see Uranus with a telescope. Keep reading to find out more about this month’s meteor showers and lunar conjunctions!
October 2022 is full of spectacles! The New Moon on October 25th brings a Partial Solar Eclipse visible to those in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Greenland. There are seven meteor showers this month! Although most are quite slow, the Orionid Meteor Shower on October 21st will be a treat. Click here to learn more!
It’s September again! Although it is sad to see Summer go, there is generally a lot more Astronomy to see in the Autumn and Winter months. Speaking of Autumn, the Autumnal Equinox is September 22nd. The Harvest Moon shines on September 10th this year. Will you continue to harvest after dark? Keep reading to learn more about this month’s Meteor Showers and Planetary Alignments for astrophotography opportunities!
August 2022 is full of astrophotography opportunities! August starts with a Super Moon on the 11th, followed shortly by the Perseid Meteor Shower Peak on the 13th. Saturn will be at its peak viewing spot for the year as it enters Opposition to the Sun on August 14th. To top it all off, there are six Lunar Conjunctions before the month is over. Click Here to See August’s Moon Phases and More!
Summer is finally here! Despite the hot weather in the Northern Hemisphere, the Earth is close to the farthest point in its orbit from the Sun. In addition to summer weather, we have three meteor showers at the end of the month! Click here to learn more.
Happy First Day of Summer! The Summer Solstice, a “Quarter Day” of the Earth’s revolution around the sun. Today, the Sun is at its maximum distance away from the Celestial Equator – making it appear at its highest position in the sky all year. Click here to Learn More!
Happy June and the “unofficial” start of Summer! Memorial Day is winding down and we’re all looking forward to warmer weather this summer – Starting with the Summer Solstice on June 21st! Learn more about June 2022’s Meteor Showers and More!
Happy May Day 2022! May is an exciting month in the skies – and a great time to get outdoors in the warm weather! On May 16th a Total Lunar Eclipse will be visible in the Americas, Eastern Europe, and most of Africa. The η-Aquariid Meteor Shower peaks on May 6th, showcasing debris from Halley’s Comet. Mars and Jupiter are both in Geocentric Conjunction with the Moon on May 24th. Click here for a Lunar Eclipse timeline, map, and more!
April, the first full month of Spring 2022, is here – bringing with it green plants and crocus flowers up here in the northern US. We have five moon phases in April in the Eastern Time Zones – including two New Moons, or a Black Moon. Two meteor showers will be visible this month as well, the Lyrid and π-Puppid later this month. April culminates with a Partial Solar Eclipse, the Sun being occulted by the Black Moon. Click here to learn more!
Happy First Day of Spring! or Vernal Equinox, a “Quarter Day” of the Earth’s revolution around the sun. The day and night cycle is close to equal – about 12 hours and 10 minutes of sunlight here in Western Pennsylvania today. Today is halfway between the [approximately] longest day of the year in June and the shortest day in December. Flora and fauna are waking from their winter dormancy.