Heavenly Shows for 2022 – WSOC TV


As we close the book on 2021 and open a new one for 2022, you’ll want to mark your calendars as there will be several out of this world shows taking place in the New Year.

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According to National geography, these are the times when you want to look up high to see meteor showers, eclipses and the like.

January 3 and 4

The new year will bring the peak of the quadrantid meteor shower. The sky will be dark as the sliver of a crescent moon sets in the early evening. The night sky will allow the 25 to 100 meteors visible per hour to shine brightly.

To see them the best, find a dark area away from city lights and wait about 20 minutes until your eyes are completely used to it.

March 24 to April 5

Venus, Mars, and Saturn will all be visible next to each other as a triangle, changing angles until April.

On April 3 and 6, Saturn and Mars will be side by side, appearing closest on April 4.

On March 27 and 28, the moon will join the group.

April 30

At the end of April, there will be a partial solar eclipse. Those in North America will not be able to see when the moon is blocking part of the sun, but it will be visible in southern South America, Antarctica, the Pacific and Southern Oceans.

The eclipse will be at its zenith at 8:41 PM UT when 64% of the sun is blocked by the moon.

April 30 and May 1

Jupiter will rise in the southeastern sky just before dawn, approaching Venus. They can be seen with binoculars or a backyard telescope. Mars and Saturn will also be visible in the upper right portion of the sky.

May 5 and 6

The Eta Aquarids meteor shower will peak before dawn on May 5.

The meteors will come from the constellation Aquarius and we should be able to see 10 to 20 meteors per hour in the northern hemisphere.

May 15 and 16

The Flower Moon total lunar eclipse will take place on May 15 or 16 depending on where you are. The Earth and the Moon will align and the Moon will pass into the shadow of the planet.

It will start at 9:32 a.m. ET on May 15, last for hours, and peak at 12:11 a.m. ET on May 16.

June 18 to 27

Five or six planets will align between June 18 and June 27.

Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, and if you are in the right place under the right conditions, Uranus. The moon will also be on the way to the planets.

25 october

October will bring a partial solar eclipse on the 25th. The eclipse will be seen in Europe and the Middle East, when the moon partially blocks the sun.

The eclipse will begin at 8:58 am UTC and the maximum eclipse will occur at 11:00 am UTC.

November 7 and 8

Residents of North America, along with those of South America, Australia, Asia, and parts of Europe, will see a second lunar eclipse in 2022.

This will happen on the night of November 8 at 3:03 am PT with the eclipse ending at 3:41 am PT.

Full moons

There will be 12 full moons in 2022, according to MoonInfo.org. Two of them, according to CNN, will be considered super moons – the Strawberry Full Moon and Buck’s Full Moon in June and July.

Full moon date Last name
January 17 Full wolf moon
February 16 Full Snow Moon
March 18 Full worm moon
April 16 Full Moon Pink
May 16 Full Flower Moon
June 14 Full Strawberry Moon
July 13 Full Moon Buck
August 11 Full moon sturgeon
September 10 Full corn moon
October 9 Full moon of the hunter
November 8 Full beaver moon
December 7 Full Cold Moon


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