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

Quick Facts:

  • 3 supermoons
  • Next meteor shower is the Lyrids in April
  • 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)

  • Wednesday, May 12: 5:15 AM, Visible: 6 minutes, Max height: 24°, Appears: northwest, Disappears: east
  • Friday, May 14: 5:17 AM, Visible: 7 minutes, Max height: 66°, Appears: northwest, Disappears: southeast
  • Friday, May 14: 9:58 AM, Visible: 7 minutes, Max height: 80°, Appears: southwest, Disappears: northeast
  • Saturday, May 15: 4:29 AM, Visible: 6 minutes, Max height: 37°, Appears: northwest, Disappears: southeast
  • Saturday, May 15: 9:11 PM, Visible: 7 minutes, Max height: 53°, Appears: southwest, Disappears: northeast
  • Sunday, May 16: 5:19 AM, Visible: 6 minutes, Max height: 33°, Appears: northwest, Disappears: southeast
  • Monday, May 17: 4:33 AM, Visible: 5 minutes, Max height: 65°, 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

  • First Quarter: Tuesday, April 20
  • Full Moon: Monday, April 26 (Supermoon)
  • Third Quarter: Monday, May 3
  • New Moon: Tuesday, May 11

Moon meet-ups

  • April 17th: Mars, evening
  • May 4th: Saturn, morning
  • May 13th: Mercury, evening
  • May 15th: Mars, evening

Lyrids Meteor Shower

The Lyrids Meteor shower end the drought of shooting start through the beginning of the year since the last good shower was back in December. The Lyrids are a medium-strength shower producing 10-15 meteors per hour at peak. You probably won’t see that many since the moon will be nearing its full phase and outshining any fainter meteors. Look for moonrise and moonset times to get the best meteor viewing. With any meteor shower, the best viewing times are around midnight.

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FOX23 Severe WeatherTeam James Aydelott Michael Seger Megan McClellan Laura Mock Michael Grogan