All the reasons to look up in 2022 – CBS Pittsburgh

(CNN) – A total lunar eclipse, multiple meteor showers and a super moon will light up the sky in 2022.

The new year is sure to be sky-gazer fun with lots of celestial events on the calendar.

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There is always a good chance that the International Space Station is airborne. And if you want to know which planets are visible in the morning or evening sky, check out The Old Farmer’s Almanac’s guide to visible planets.

Here are the top sky events of 2022 so you can get your binoculars and telescope ready.

Full moon and super moon
There are 12 full moons in 2022, and two of them qualify as supermoons.

Definitions of a supermoon can vary, but the term generally denotes a full moon that is brighter and closer to Earth than usual and therefore appears larger in the night sky.


TOPSHOT – An airplane passes in front of the full moon as seen from Curitiba, Brazil on March 9, 2020. – The supermoon is visible when the full moon coincides with a satellite at its closest approach to Earth. , making it appear brighter and larger than other full moons. (Photo by Heuler Andrey / AFP) (Photo by HEULER ANDREY / AFP via Getty Images)

Some astronomers say the phenomenon occurs when the moon is about 90% of its circumference – which is how it comes closest to Earth in orbit. By that definition, the June full moon as well as the July full moon would be considered supermoon events.

Here is the full list of moons for 2022, according to Farmers’ Almanac:

  • January 17: Wolf Moon
  • February 16: Snow moon
  • March 18: Crescent Moon
  • April 16: Pink Moon
  • May 16: full moon
  • June 14: Strawberry moon
  • July 13: Buck moon
  • August 11: Sturgeon Moon
  • September 10: Moon Harvest
  • October 9th: Hunter’s Moon
  • November 8: beaver of the moon
  • December 7th: Cold Moon

While these are common names associated with the monthly full moon, each name has different meanings across Native American tribes.

Solar and lunar eclipse
There will be two total and two partial lunar eclipses in 2022, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

A partial eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun, but only partially blocks its light. Be sure to wear appropriate eclipse glasses to view the eclipse safely, as sunlight can be harmful to your eyes.

People in southern South America, the southeastern Pacific and the Antarctic peninsula will be able to see a partial eclipse on April 30. Others on October 25 will be visible to people in Greenland, Iceland, Europe, Northeast Africa, Middle East, West Asia, India and West China. Partial eclipses cannot be seen from North America.

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A lunar eclipse can only occur during a full moon when the sun, Earth, and moon are aligned and the moon enters the Earth’s shadow. Earth casts two shadows on the moon during a lunar eclipse. Penumbra is the outer partial shade, and umbra is the total darkness.

As the full moon moves into the Earth’s shadow, it will darken, but it will not disappear. Sunlight passing through Earth’s atmosphere illuminates the moon in a dramatic fashion, giving it a red color – which is why this is often called a “blood moon”.

Depending on the weather conditions in your area, it can be rusty, brick-colored, or blood-red.

This happens because blue light undergoes more intense atmospheric scattering, so red light will be the most dominant color marked as sunlight passes through our atmosphere and hits it. to the moon.

The total lunar eclipse will be visible to people in Europe, Africa, South America, and North America (except for the northwest regions) between 9:31 p.m. ET and May 15. 5 to 2:52 a.m. ET May 16.

Another total lunar eclipse will also be visible to people in Asia, Australia, the Pacific, South America and North America on November 8 between 3:01 a.m. ET and 8:58 a.m. morning ET – but the moon will set for people in eastern parts of North America.

Meteor shower
The new year kicks off with the Quadrantid meteor shower, which is expected to peak in the overnight hours from January 2 to 3 for those in North America, according to the American Meteor Society.


TERLINGUA, TX – AUGUST 14: Jason Weingart captures meteors of the Perseid Meteor Shower as they blast through the night sky, on August 14, 2016 in Terlingua, Texas.
SHOWING in one of the darkest places on Earth, these breathtaking images reveal the radiant beauty of the Perseid meteor shower in all its glory. The astronomical wonder can be seen from July 23 to August 23 and peaks on August 11, when up to 200 meteors are visible over the northern hemisphere every hour. Photographer Jason Weingart ventured to Texas Bend in Big Bend National Park, Texas, and the Grand Canyon in Arizona to capture the meteor shower while running an astrophotography workshop.
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This is the first of 12 meteor showers of the year – although the next one, the Lyrid meteor shower, doesn’t peak until April.

Here are other showers to watch in 2022:

  • Lyrids: April 21-22
  • Eta Aquariids: May 4-5
  • Southern delta Aquariids: July 29-30
  • Alpha Capricornids: July 30-31
  • Perseids: August 11-12
  • Orionids: October 20-21
  • Southern Taurids: November 4-5
  • Northern Taurids: 11-12 November
  • Leonids: November 17-18
  • Geminids: December 13-14
  • Ursids: December 21-22

If you live in an urban area, you may want to drive to a place where there aren’t many city lights that will block your view. If you can find an area unaffected by light pollution, meteors can be seen every few minutes from late evening until dawn.

Find an open area with a wide view of the sky. Make sure you have a chair or blanket so you can look straight ahead. And give your eyes about 20 to 30 minutes to adjust to the dark – without looking at your phone – to make meteors easier to spot.

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