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What’s Up: November 2022 Skywatching Tips from NASA

This month is exciting for sky watchers, with a total lunar eclipse, a huge star and a meteor shower three highlights to enjoy.

total lunar eclipse

The total lunar eclipsewhen Earth blocks all direct sunlight from reaching the moon, will take place early on the morning of Tuesday, November 8, and will be visible to people in North America, the Pacific region, Australia, and East Asia .

People located in the eastern time zone of the United States and Canada will have to get out of bed early to witness the celestial event, as it will kick off just after 4 am ET.

The full eclipse will take place around 5:15 am ET, and after that the moon will set with the eclipse continuing.

With the west coast of North America three hours behind, times mean a late Monday night, as the eclipse will begin just after 1 a.m. PT before reaching full eclipse around 2:15 a.m. PT.

Anyone with binoculars can enjoy a bonus event in the form of a view of the giant ice planet Uranus, which will be visible just a finger width from the eclipsed moon.



Spica is a giant star that is 10 times the mass of our sun and is also 12,000 times more luminous. “Luckily for us, it is 260 light-years away,” says NASA.

Despite its great distance from Earth, you can get a view of its light by looking skyward in the hour before sunrise on Sunday, November 20. To spot it, look to the southeast, spot what will be a thin crescent moon, then look just below for the bright bluish star Spica.

Leonid meteor shower

The annual Leonid meteor shower comprises dusty bits of debris left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle as it orbits the sun.

It can be seen throughout November, but the best time to take a look will be when it peaks after midnight on Friday, November 18.

NASA says that you may be able to see up to 20 meteors per hour streaking across the sky, but notes that the moon will be 35% full that night, so its light could interfere with your ability to see the fainter meteors.

However, he also says that Leonid meteors are often bright, with streaks lasting several seconds, so there should still be plenty of action visible.

For the best chance of spotting the Leonids, find a dark spot away from any light pollution.

NASA advises: “Although the moon will rise in the east with Leo around midnight local time, it’s actually best to view the sky away from the apparent point of origin of the meteors, lying down and looking up, as any trace of meteorites you see will appear larger and more spectacular.”

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