Eta Aquariids meteor shower: when to watch
The shower will remain active until May 27.
More meteor showers to see
The Delta Aquariids are best visible from the southern tropics and will peak between July 28-29, when the moon is 74% full.
Interestingly, another meteor shower peaks the same night – the Alpha Capricornids. Although a much weaker downpour, it has been known to produce bright fireballs during its peak. It will be visible to everyone, regardless of which side of the equator they are on.
The most popular Perseid meteor shower of the year will peak between August 11 and 12 in the Northern Hemisphere, when the moon is only 13% full.
- October 8: Draconids
- October 21: Orionids
- November 4-5: Southern Taurids
- November 11 to 12: Northern Taurids
- November 17: Leonids
- December 13 to 14: Geminids
- December 22: Ursids
Full moons in 2021
There are eight full moons left to come in 2022, two of which qualify as supermoons.
Some astronomers say the phenomenon occurs when the moon is less than 90% of perigee, which is its closest approach to Earth in orbit. According to this definition, the June full moon as well as the July full moon will be considered super moon events.
- September 10: Harvest Moon
Solar and Lunar Eclipses
Partial solar eclipses occur when the moon passes in front of the sun but blocks only part of its light. Be sure to wear appropriate eclipse glasses to safely view solar eclipses, as sunlight can damage the eyes.
There will also be two total lunar eclipses in 2022.
A total lunar eclipse will be visible to those in Europe, Africa, South America, and North America (excluding those in the 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 is will lie for those in eastern parts of North America.
As the full moon moves into Earth’s shadow, it will darken, but it will not disappear. Sunlight passing through the Earth’s atmosphere dramatically lights up the moon, turning it red – which is why this event is often called a “blood moon”.
Depending on the weather conditions in your area, the moon may appear rusty, brick-colored, or blood-red.
This color variability occurs because blue light experiences stronger atmospheric scattering, so red light will be the most dominant color highlighted when sunlight passes through our atmosphere and shines it onto the moon.