FOX23 Sky Watch: What to see in the skies over Green Country

Quick Facts:

FOX23 Sky Watch provides weekly updates on what you can see in the night skies over Green Country. Certified Meteorologist Laura Mock lets you know when and where to look and how to best see some of the night sky’s best shows. Information about International Space Stations viewing times, the best meteor showers, spotting planets, or when the moon will be big and bright. Look below for details on night sky events coming up.

International Space Station times

(ISS viewings lower than 25° or visible less than 2 min not included)

  • Sunday, May 29: 10:36 PM, visible: 3 min, Max Height: 58° Appears: northwest, Disappears: northeast
  • Monday, May 30: 9:48 PM, visible: 5 min, Max Height: 33° Appears: northwest, Disappears: east
  • Tuesday, May 31: 10:36 PM, visible: 3 min, Max Height: 39° Appears: northwest, Disappears: southwest
  • Wednesday, June 1: 9:48 AM, visible: 5 min, Max Height: 78° Appears: northwest, Disappears: southeast

The International Space Station will look like a bright star. Its brightness will be constant, not twinkling. Even though it will look like a star, it will be moving steadily across the sky. A max height is given with each ISS viewing opportunity. It’s given in degrees of the sky from the horizon. Directly overhead is 90° and right at the horizon is 0°.

Moon phases

  • Third Quarter: Sunday, May 22
  • New Moon: Monday, May 30
  • First Quarter: Tuesday, June 7
  • Full Moon: Tuesday, June 14

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Moon and Planet meet-ups

  • May 21: Moon & Saturn
  • May 24: Moon, Mars & Jupiter
  • May 26: Moon & Venus
  • May 28: Jupiter & Mars

Meteor Showers

When watching a meteor shower, check the moon phase, moonrise/set times and don’t forget to be patient. The best way to watch is to get away from city lights and light pollution. The less light the more likely you are to see more meteors. Lay back and look up into the sky. Most meteors originate from the constellation the shower is named after, radiating outward. This means meteors can be anywhere in the sky. Try not to look at one spot in particular, just keep your eyes open to as much of the sky as possible.

Perseids: Peak August 13

The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers of the year. Unfortunately the peak of this shower coincides with the full moon which will outshine a lot of the dimmer meteors.

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