The shower will remain active until May 27.
More meteor showers to see
Delta Aquariids are best seen from the southern tropics and will peak between July 28 and 29, when the moon is 74% full.
Interestingly, another meteor shower peaks on the same night – Alpha Capricorn. Although this shower is much weaker, it has been known to produce some bright fireballs during its peak. It will be visible to everyone, no matter which side of the equator they are on.
The Perseid meteor shower, the most popular of the year, will reach its peak between August 11 and 12 in the Northern Hemisphere, when the moon is only 13% full.
- October 8: Draconids
- October 21: Orionids
- November 4-5: South Taurids
- November 11-12: North of Torres
- November 17: Leonids
- December 13-14: Gemini
- December 22: Ursids
Full moon in 2021
There are still eight full moons in 2022, two of which qualify as supermoons.
Some astronomers say the phenomenon occurs when the moon is within 90% of its perigee – its closest approach to Earth in orbit. According to this definition, the June full moon as well as the July moon will be considered supermoon events.
- September 10: Harvest Moon
Solar eclipse and lunar eclipse
A partial solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes in front of the sun but blocks only some of its light. Make sure to wear the appropriate eclipse glasses to view the solar eclipse safely, as sunlight can damage the eyes.
There will also be two total lunar eclipses in 2022.
The total lunar eclipse will be visible to those in Europe, Africa, South America, and North America (excluding those in the Northwest Territories) between 9:31 p.m. ET on May 15 and 2:52 a.m. ET on May 16.
Another total lunar eclipse will also be visible to those in Asia, Australia, the Pacific, South America and North America on November 8 between 3:01 a.m. ET and 8:58 a.m. ET — but the moon will be set for those in the eastern regions of North America.
When the full moon moves in the Earth’s shadow, it darkens, but it will not disappear. Sunlight passing through Earth’s atmosphere dramatically illuminates the moon, turning it red – which is why this event is often referred to as a “blood moon.”
Depending on the weather conditions in your area, the moon may look rusty, brick-colored, or blood red.
This color contrast occurs because blue light undergoes stronger atmospheric scattering, so red light will be the most diffused color as sunlight passes through the atmosphere and is cast on the moon.