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Northern Lights & Stargazing

all lights on the north shore are northern lights and that’s because the shore is north.

Check out these upcoming stargazing opportunities

Full Flower Moon

May 15, 2022 11:15 pm - May 15, 2022 11:15 pm

The full moon is an amazing sight. Along the north shore and away from the lights of a city, it lights up the night sky. Be sure to listen for wolves howling!

Ursids Meteor Shower

December 22, 2022 12:00 am - December 23, 2022 5:00 am

a minor shower that seems to spring from the Little Dipper (part of Ursa Minor) Viewers can expect to see seven to 10 meteors per hour.

Full Strawberry Moon

June 14, 2022 6:45 am - June 14, 2022 6:45 am

The full moon is an amazing sight. Along the north shore and away from the lights of a city, it lights up the night sky. Be sure to listen for wolves howling!

Draconids Meteor Shower

October 8, 2022 8:00 pm - October 8, 2022 11:45 pm

The Draconid shower is a real oddity, in that the radiant point stands highest in the sky as darkness falls. That means that, unlike many meteor showers, more Draconids are likely to fly in the evening hours than in the morning hours after midnight. This shower is usually a sleeper, producing only a handful of languid meteors per hour in most years. But watch out if the Dragon awakes! In rare instances, fiery Draco has been known to spew forth many hundreds of meteors in a single hour.

Full Buck Moon

July 13, 2022 1:45 pm - July 13, 2022 1:45 pm

The full moon is an amazing sight. Along the north shore and away from the lights of a city, it lights up the night sky. Be sure to listen for wolves howling!

Northern Taurids Meteor Shower

November 11, 2022 8:00 pm - November 12, 2022 11:45 pm

The North Taurids meteor shower is long-lasting but modest, and the peak number is forecast at about five meteors per hour. Typically, you see the maximum numbers at or around midnight, when the constellation Taurus the Bull is highest in the sky. Taurid meteors tend to be slow-moving but sometimes very bright, for a few hours after nightfall.

Full Sturgeon Moon

August 11, 2022 8:30 pm - August 11, 2022 8:30 pm

The full moon is an amazing sight. Along the north shore and away from the lights of a city, it lights up the night sky. Be sure to listen for wolves howling!

Full Corn Moon

September 10, 2022 5:00 am - September 10, 2022 5:00 am

The full moon is an amazing sight. Along the north shore and away from the lights of a city, it lights up the night sky. Be sure to listen for wolves howling!

Full Hunter’s Moon

October 9, 2022 4:00 pm - October 9, 2022 4:00 pm

The full moon is an amazing sight. Along the north shore and away from the lights of a city, it lights up the night sky. Be sure to listen for wolves howling!

Full Beaver Moon

November 8, 2022 5:00 am - November 8, 2022 5:00 am

The full moon is an amazing sight. Along the north shore and away from the lights of a city, it lights up the night sky. Be sure to listen for wolves howling!

Full Cold Moon

December 7, 2022 10:00 pm - December 7, 2022 10:00 pm

The full moon is an amazing sight. Along the north shore and away from the lights of a city, it lights up the night sky. Be sure to listen for wolves howling!

Best Stargazing

December 23, 2022 7:00 pm - December 23, 2022 11:45 pm

New moon nights – night when the moon is absent from the sky – make for great stargazing. Here’s a great way to start – look due north after the sun has set and find the Big Dipper constellation [see photo] with its telltale 3-star handle and 4-star dipper. In the winter, the dipper is at ‘3-o’clock’ with the handle hanging down.

Total Eclipse of the Moon.

May 15, 2022 8:30 pm - May 16, 2022 2:00 am

This eclipse is visible from North America, except in northwestern regions. The Moon will enter the penumbra at 8:31 P.M. on May 15 and leave it at 1:52 A.M. on May 16.

Best Stargazing

May 30, 2022 7:00 pm - May 30, 2022 11:45 pm

New moon nights – night when the moon is absent from the sky – make for great stargazing. Here’s a great way to start – look due north after the sun has set and find the Big Dipper constellation [see photo] with its telltale 3-star handle and 4-star dipper. In the spring, the dipper is at ’12-o’clock’ with the dipper facing down/handle to the right.

Tau Herculids Meteor Shower

May 29, 2022 12:00 am - May 31, 2022 11:59 pm

In 1930, astronomers spotted comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 and a possible meteor shower was predicted as Earth passed close to its debris field. Little activity was detected since then. But in 1995, comet SW3 had a tremendous breakup, splitting into multiple pieces that spewed a lot of dust. Our planet has a nice chance of hitting its field this year.

Best Stargazing

June 28, 2022 7:00 pm - June 28, 2022 11:45 pm

New moon nights – night when the moon is absent from the sky – make for great stargazing. Here’s a great way to start – look due north after the sun has set and find the Big Dipper constellation [see photo] with its telltale 3-star handle and 4-star dipper. In the summer, the dipper is at ‘9-o’clock’ and hangs dipper down.

Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower

July 29, 2022 12:00 am - July 30, 2022 5:00 am

The Southern Delta Aquariids are predicted to produce between 15 to 20 meteors per hour low in the sky, and are best around 3 a.m.

Best Stargazing

July 28, 2022 7:00 pm - July 28, 2022 11:45 pm

New moon nights – night when the moon is absent from the sky – make for great stargazing. Here’s a great way to start – look due north after the sun has set and find the Big Dipper constellation [see photo] with its telltale 3-star handle and 4-star dipper. In the summer, the dipper is at ‘9-o’clock’ and hangs dipper down.

Perseids Meteor Shower

August 11, 2022 12:00 am - August 12, 2022 4:00 am

Waiting until the early hours of the morning might allow you to see between 15 and 20 meteors per hour, originating from comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle

Best Stargazing

August 27, 2022 7:00 pm - August 27, 2022 11:45 pm

New moon nights – night when the moon is absent from the sky – make for great stargazing. Here’s a great way to start – look due north after the sun has set and find the Big Dipper constellation [see photo] with its telltale 3-star handle and 4-star dipper. In the summer, the dipper is at ‘9-o’clock’ and hangs dipper down.

Orionids Meteor Shower

October 20, 2022 12:00 am - October 21, 2022 4:00 am

After hitting the outbound trail of Halley’s comet in May, every October Earth runs into the debris the comet leaves as it heads toward the sun, producing the Orionid meteor shower. It usually produces 10 to 20 streaks per hour, between midnight and 4 a.m.

Best Stargazing

September 25, 2022 7:00 pm - September 25, 2022 11:45 pm

New moon nights – night when the moon is absent from the sky – make for great stargazing. Here’s a great way to start – look due north after the sun has set and find the Big Dipper constellation [see photo] with its telltale 3-star handle and 4-star dipper. In the autumn, the dipper is at ‘6-o’clock’ with the dipper facing up/handle to the left.

Total Eclipse of the Moon

November 8, 2022 2:00 am - November 8, 2022 7:00 am

This eclipse is visible from North America, although the Moon will be setting during the eclipse. The Moon will enter the penumbra at 2:01 A.M. on November 8 and leave it at 7:58 A.M.

Best Stargazing

October 25, 2022 7:00 pm - October 25, 2022 11:45 pm

New moon nights – night when the moon is absent from the sky – make for great stargazing. Here’s a great way to start – look due north after the sun has set and find the Big Dipper constellation [see photo] with its telltale 3-star handle and 4-star dipper. In the autumn, the dipper is at ‘6-o’clock’ with the dipper facing up/handle to the left.

Leonids Meteor Shower

November 17, 2022 12:00 am - November 18, 2022 5:00 am

The Leonids parent comet, 55P/Tempel-Tuttle are famous for occasionally producing meteor storms. In 1966, 1999 and 2001, its rates exceeded 1,000 fireballs per hour, although chances for this year are low. This year’s show should be 15 meteors per hour or so, best viewed after midnight.

Best Stargazing

November 23, 2022 7:00 pm - November 23, 2022 11:45 pm

New moon nights – night when the moon is absent from the sky – make for great stargazing. Here’s a great way to start – look due north after the sun has set and find the Big Dipper constellation [see photo] with its telltale 3-star handle and 4-star dipper. In the autumn, the dipper is at ‘6-o’clock’ with the dipper facing up/handle to the left.

Geminids Meteor Shower

December 13, 2022 5:45 pm - December 14, 2022 8:45 pm

Viewers should have about three hours to see them after the sun sets but before the moon rises, when they can expect perhaps five to 10 meteors per hour.

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