DR. SKY BLOG

A glimpse at what Arizona can expect to see in the sky in 2022

Dec 22, 2021, 2:00 PM | Updated: Dec 23, 2021, 7:37 am
(AP Photo)...
(AP Photo)
(AP Photo)

As the Earth turns towards a new year, we, here, in Arizona and around the world await some exciting events in the sky!

We begin our journey with a brief analysis of eclipses!

In 2022, we will experience two eclipses of the Moon and two of the Sun. The first of these eclipses will be a partial solar eclipse on April 30. This will be a deep partial eclipse of the Sun, visible in far southern and central South America.

While not visible in Arizona, the details of this event are listed here.

Note: An eclipse never comes alone. A solar eclipse comes about two weeks before or after a lunar eclipse. We get a major total lunar eclipse on the night of May 15 to 16.

This is a deep total eclipse of the moon and one which will be visible in Arizona.

The partial phases of this eclipse will begin for us at 7:27 p.m. on May 15 with maximum totality starting at 9:11 p.m..

Totality will last some 84 minutes and provides you with enough time to experience the true wonders of the “Blood Moon” effect. More information here.

The next eclipse for 2022, will be the partial solar eclipse on Oct. 23, visible over much or Europe and northern Africa.

The details of this partial solar event are found here.

The final eclipse of 2022, will be the next total lunar eclipse of Nov. 7 and 8.

This major total lunar eclipse will once again be visible in Arizona on the early morning of November 8th around 2 a.m. local time.

Learn more here.

Planets will be in full view in 2022, with the major planets Jupiter, Saturn and Mars offering some great views.

Mars will return to Arizona skies in full bloom in December with the best views coming Dec. 7. Mars will be high in the sky in the constellation of Taurus and appear at best some 17 seconds of arc in diameter.

Here is a great guide to that event.

Bonus: On the night of Dec. 7, a good portion of the USA will experience an eclipse of Mars by the Moon. This is very rare.

Here are the details.

Jupiter the giant planet will put on a very impressive showing in 2022, when it comes to opposition on the night of Sept. 26, high in the sky in the constellation of Pisces.

Learn more here.

Saturn the ringed giant, also puts on a great showing with its opposition coming on the night of Aug. 14.

Learn more here.

Meteor showers fill our skies in 2022!

Here are the best of 2022 and the best dates to view them.

The Moon may reduce the number of meteors seen, too!

Find out more here.

To print your own monthly star chart, click here. To view satellites/dates/times of passage, click here.

Listen to the Dr. Sky Show on KTAR News 92.3 FM every Saturday morning at 3 a.m.

The Dr.Sky Podcast is found here.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Dr. Sky Blog

(Pixabay Photos)...
Steve Kates

It’s not a Thanksgiving turkey in the sky – that’s Cygnus the Swan

Point a pair of binoculars toward the sky on Thanksgiving night and find the magnificent Cygnus the Swan constellation.
6 days ago
NASA's new moon rocket lifts off from Launch Pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral,...
Steve Kates

Everything you need to know about NASA’s Artemis I rocket to the moon

The long-awaited launch of the NASA Artemis 1 moon rocket has finally happened!
13 days ago
This Crab Nebula mosaic image was taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. (NASA/ESA Image)...
Steve Kates

The magic of constellation Taurus includes open star clusters

As we move deeper into the skies of autumn, we come across the zodiac sign of Taurus the Bull.
20 days ago
(NASA Image)...
Steve Kates

Taurid meteor shower could bring in colorful fireball season in coming days

With Halloween behind us and the prospect of a new set of November events to look forward to in our skies, we present fireball season 2022!
27 days ago
(Pixabay Photo)...
Steve Kates

Lots to be thankful for up in the November skies, including a total lunar eclipse

As 2022 is nearly complete, we look to the skies of November for some amazing events to rally around, the best of which is a total lunar eclipse.
1 month ago
NASA spacecraft Lucy (NASA Photo)...
Steve Kates

NASA spacecraft Lucy completes first year of long-term mission to asteroids

Back nearly a year ago, NASA launched a very unique spacecraft to the planet Jupiter - the 3,400-pound high-tech craft known as Lucy.
1 month ago

Sponsored Articles

(Desert Institute for Spine Care photo)...
DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

Why DISC is world renowned for back and neck pain treatments

Fifty percent of Americans and 90% of people at least 50 years old have some level of degenerative disc disease.
...
SCHWARTZ LASER EYE CENTER

Key dates for Arizona sports fans to look forward to this fall

Fall brings new beginnings in different ways for Arizona’s professional sports teams like the Cardinals and Coyotes.
...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Ways to prevent clogged drains and what to do if you’re too late

While there are a variety of ways to prevent clogged drains, it's equally as important to know what to do when you're already too late.
A glimpse at what Arizona can expect to see in the sky in 2022