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What to Watch for in the Night Sky This Week: May 9-15th, 2022
This week’s focus is on the next total lunar eclipse. The build-up of our natural satellite will make it brighter and larger. On Sunday, however, it will be covered in thousands upon thousands of sunsets as Earth’s shadow in space.
This entrancing sight is for anyone who’s ever been to North America. Here are the facts:
Monday May 9, 2022: A planetary parade
If you look south before dawn, you will see four brightly lit planets lined up in ascending order. The bright, orb-like Venus will be nearest to the horizon, followed by Mars to its upper-left and then Saturn, which is further away.
Monday May 9, 2022: Regulus, a First Quarter Moon
Even though it is after dark, you can still see the 60%-lit Moon in the constellation Leo “the Lion” just before the First Quarter.
Sunday May 15, 2022: A total lunar eclipse of a full ‘Flower Moon and a Super Blood Moon’.
The total lunar Eclipse will be created by the Moon entering Earth’s shadow on the night of May 15. The “Blood Moon”, which will last for 84 minutes, will be visible from anywhere in North America. It is also a supermoon because it is the third closest full Moon of the year.
Here are the times to view the “Blood Moon”, according to the U.S. timezones
- 11:29 p.m. -oo:53 am. EDT on Sunday, May 15, 2022 (max. Totality at 00.11 a.m.
- 10:29-11.53 p.m. CST on Sunday, May 15, 2022 (max. Totality at 11:11 pm.
- 9:29-10.53 p.m. MDT on Sunday, May 15, 2022 (max. Totality at 10:11 PM.
- 8:29-9.53 p.m. PDT Sunday May 15, 2022 (max. Totality at 9:11 PM.