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!
Beware the Ides of March! March 2022 finally brings us to Spring here in the Northern Hemisphere. We have one meteor shower, but many conjunctions! March will be a great month for astrophotography. Keep reading to learn about March’s Moon Phases, Meteor Showers, a solar conjunction, five geocentric conjunctions, and four lunar conjunctions!
February 2022 is more quiet than other months, but there are a handful of very valuable astrophotography opportunities this month! The last week of February, as the moon wanes and gets closer to its new phase, four planets will be in conjunction, two on the 27th and two on the 28th.
Happy New Years and welcome to 2022! Days are beginning to get longer, and Moon’s cycle restarts almost in line with the new year. The Earth will be at its closest point to the Sun, despite how cold winter weather usually is. The Quandrantid Meteor Shower will give a spectacular show with over 120 meteors per hour. The upcoming cold nights makes January one of the best months for viewing constellations. Click here to learn about the Winter Triangle Asterism, the Quandrantid Meteor Shower, January 2022 Moon Phases, and more!
November 2021 has five meteor showers, a partial lunar eclipse, and a great astrophotography opportunity for those with telescopes!The 2021 winter Eclipse Season starts shortly, and Venus will Occult the Moon this month as well. Although there are not many astronomical events this month, the ones that occur are exciting.
May 2021 is jam packed with astronomical events. On May 26th, the full Supermoon is occulted by the Earth’s shadow to create a Blood Moon – a phenomena known as a Total Lunar Eclipse. Before this, May shows us two meteor showers, followed by 6 lunar conjunctions the rest of the month. May 2021 signifies the beginning of the Eclipse season, so watch for a Solar Eclipse during the next New Moon! Click here for Lunar Eclipse viewing tips and more!