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The Night Sky | May 2022 | Venus & Jupiter Conjunction | Total Lunar Eclipse | Eta Aquarids Meteors


Late Night Astronomy

Venus & Jupiter appear to collide, the Moon turns blood red and a meteor shower lights up the sky! It’s a busy month for the night sky this May. Regardless of your experience or equipment, we’ve got something here for you. Please let me know what excites you about space and what you plan to see this month in the comment section below.

  • Planets of Binary Stars as Possible Homes for Alien Life
    Nearly half of Sun-size stars are binary. According to University of Copenhagen research, planetary systems around binary stars may be very different from those around single stars. This points to new targets in the search for extraterrestrial life forms. Newswise — Nearly half of Sun-size stars are binary. According to University of Copenhagen research, planetary…
  • Total Lunar Eclipes: Tonight!!!
    A total lunar eclipse will occur tonight, May 15, 2022, the first of two this year. The second eclipse will happen in November of this year.. The eclipse will be a dark one with the northern limb of the Moon passing through the center of Earth’s shadow. This is the first central eclipse of Lunar Saros 131. The eclipse will be completely visible over most of North…
  • Astronomers reveal first image of the black hole at the heart of our galaxy
    Today, at simultaneous press conferences around the world, including at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) headquarters in Germany, astronomers have unveiled the first image of the supermassive black hole at the centre of our own Milky Way galaxy. This result provides overwhelming evidence that the object is indeed a black hole and yields valuable clues…
  • Tau Herculids A Possible Surprise Meteor Shower!
    We might have the opportunity to witness a possibly intense meteor event due to a comet that split apart in 1995. Apparently, it is still fracturing. It could cause a spectacular mini meteor shower called the Tau Herculids… It’s parent comet is 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3, which was discovered back in 1930, by German observers Arnold Schwassmann and…
  • Coming soon to the skies above, the Eta Aquariids.
    The Eta Aquariids are a meteor shower that is visible from about April 19 to about May 28 each year. The meteor shower is the result of its parent comet, which is the famous Halley’s Comet.  The meteors we currently see as members of the Eta Aquariid shower separated from Halley’s Comet hundreds of years ago. The current orbit of…
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