Meteor showers, eclipses, full moons: All of the reasons to look up in 2022


From CNN

Full moons and supermoons

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

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

  • January 17: Wolf moon
  • February 16: Snow moon
  • March 18: Worm moon
  • April 16: Pink moon
  • May 16: Flower moon
  • June 14: Strawberry moon – Supermoon
  • July 13: Buck moon – Supermoon
  • August 11: Sturgeon moon
  • September 10: Harvest moon
  • October 9: Hunter’s moon
  • November 8: Beaver moon
  • December 7: Cold moon

Lunar and solar eclipses

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

A partial solar eclipse on April 30 can be seen by those in southern South America, the southeastern Pacific Ocean and the Antarctic peninsula. Another one on October 25 will be visible to those in Greenland, Iceland, Europe, northeastern Africa, the Middle East, western Asia, India and western China. Neither of the partial solar eclipses will be visible from North America.

A total lunar eclipse will be visible to those in Europe, Africa, South America and North America (excepting northwestern regions) between 9:31 p.m. ET on May 15 and 2:52 a.m. ET on May 16.

Another total lunar eclipse will also be on display for those in Asia, Australia, the Pacific, South America and North America on November 8 between 3:01 a.m. ET and 8:58 a.m. ET — but the moon will be setting for those in eastern regions of North America.

Meteor showers

The new year kicks off with the Quadrantid meteor shower, which peaks during the first week of January.

It’s the first of 12 meteor showers throughout the year — although the next one, the Lyrid meteor shower, doesn’t peak until April.Here are the other showers to watch for 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: November 11-12
  • Leonids: November 17-18
  • Geminids: December 13-14
  • Ursids: December 21-22

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