Plan your trip to dark sky areas for better chances of viewing meteor showers. Did you know that New Moons provide the best time to view the stars and celestial objects.
The December solstice will take place at 15:59 UTC. Also known as the winter solstice, it is the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, it is the longest day of the year and is called the summer solstice.
Catch the shooting stars of the last major meteor shower of the year, the Ursids, when it peaks between the night of December 22 and 23, 2021.
The Moon will come between the Sun and the Earth, and the illuminated side of the Moon will face away from the Earth.
The first major meteor shower of 2022, the Quadrantids, peaks on the night of January 3 and early morning hours of January 4.
At 06:52 UTC, the Earth will reach its perihelion—the point on its orbit closest to the Sun.
The first Full Moon of the year is colloquially known as Wolf Moon in many northern cultures. A Full Moon occurs when the Sun and the Moon are on opposite sides of the Earth.
Take advantage of the New Moon to check out the night sky, weather permitting, of course.
February’s Full Moon is also known as Snow Moon in many Northern Hemisphere cultures.
Dark nights a few days before and after the Moon reaches its New Moon phase at 17:34 UTC on March 2 are the best nights to do some night sky watching.
The Full Moon in March is traditionally called Worm Moon, after earthworms that tend to appear around this time in many locations in the Northern Hemisphere.