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Star Gazing


In Psalm 19, verse 1 you will find the words:

The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

SO HERE ARE SOME Astronomical events to look forward to in 2022
These include Meteor Showers and Total Lunar Eclipses

From Meteor Showers to a Total Lunar Eclipse, 2022 is set to be a dazzling year for stargazers.

Across the country, people can look forward to spotting spectacular sights in the sky throughout the year.

They include four chances to see Mercury and nine opportunities to watch a meteor shower, among other astronomical events.

All are recommended to view at night-time for the best possible sighting.

New Moon

A new moon happens when the moon is located on the same side of the Earth as the Sun and will not be visible in the night sky.

This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.

According to the calendar these are the dates you should remember for 2022:

·       January 2nd

·       February 1st

·       March 2nd

·       April 1st

·       April 30th

·       May 30th

·       June 29th

·       July 28th

·       August 27th

·       September 25th

·       October 25th

·       November 23rd

·       December 23rd


Visible Mercury

The planet Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation of 19.2 degrees from the Sun.

This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky.

Look for the planet low in the western sky just after sunset on:

·       January 7th

·       February 16th

·       June 6th

·       December 21st


Meteor Showers

There is a range of different type of Meteor showers happening in 2022 that are said to be visible.  However, some will be more prominent than others.  To get the best viewing, it is recommended to view from a dark location after midnight.

·       January 3rd / 4th

·       April 22nd / 23rd

·       May 6th / 7th

·       July 28th / 29th

·       August 12th / 13th

·       October 7th

·       October 21th / 22th

·       November 4th / 5th

·       December 21th / 22th


Total Lunar Eclipse

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes completely through the Earth's dark shadow, or umbra.

During this type of eclipse, the Moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red colour.

The eclipse will be visible only twice this year.

·       May 16th

·       November 8th

Partial Solar Eclipse

A partial solar eclipse occurs when the Moon covers only a part of the Sun.

This can only be safely observed with a special solar filter or by looking at the Sun's reflection.

·       April 30th

·       October 25th

 

 



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