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

Quick Facts:

  • Supermoon, Lunar eclipse this month
  • Next meteor shower is the Perseids in August
  • Look below for updated ISS viewing times

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. FOX23 Sky Watch airs every Friday in the 9 PM Newscast and again Saturday mornings. 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 30: 10:18 PM, Visible: 4 minutes, Max height: 39°, Appears: northwest, Disappears: northeast
  • Monday, May 31: 9:31 PM, Visible: 6 minutes, Max height: 25°, Appears: northwest, Disappears: east
  • Tuesday, June 1: 10:20 PM, Visible: 4 minutes, Max height: 61°, Appears: northwest, Disappears: south
  • Wednesday, June 2: 9:33 PM, Visible: 6 minutes, Max height: 71°, 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

  • Full Moon: Wednesday, May 26 (Supermoon, Lunar Eclipse)
  • Third Quarter: Wednesday, June 2
  • New Moon: Thursday, June 10

Moon meet-ups

  • May 13th: Mercury, evening
  • May 15th: Mars, evening

Lunar Eclipse

The only lunar eclipse of 2021 occurs at the end of May. On the morning of May 26th at around 4 AM, the moon will enter the Earth’s shadow. The total eclipse will happen around 6 AM. There will only be a short time for us in eastern Oklahoma to see the total eclipse as it will reach totality right at moonset. During lunar eclipses, there is usually a red hue to the moon. This is due to light being filtered and bent through Earth’s atmosphere and casting the red color onto the moon.

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