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Hurricane names for 2022: Is yours on the list?

The World Meteorological Organization chooses hurricane names several years in advance. Find hurricane names for 2022 here. Is your name on the list?
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Lunar eclipse photos, via EarthSky’s community

The May 15-16, 2022, total eclipse of the moon is over. Now, check out these beautiful lunar eclipse photos from EarthSky's community members!

Total lunar eclipse – a supermoon eclipse – on May 15-16, 2022

A 90-minute total lunar eclipse on Sunday, May 15-16, 2022. It's seen across much of Earth, best from the Americas and western Africa.

Retrograde motion can be real or illusory

Retrograde motion of Jupiter or Mars or Saturn in our sky is an illusion, a trick of perspective. But there's a real retrograde motion, too.

Meteor shower guide: Next up, a meteor storm?

Your meteor shower guide for 2022 and early 2023. There are some good ones! Next up ... the Delta Aquariids and the Perseids in late July and August.

What’s a constellation? What’s an asterism?

Constellations and asterisms are patterns of stars. Some asterisms consist of stars from different constellations, and some are part of one constellation.

How Pluto got its name

Eleven-year-old Venetia Burney named Pluto for a god of the underworld. The name also honored Percival Lowell, the pioneering astronomer.
Astronomy Essentials

When is the next total solar eclipse in North America?

The next total solar eclipse visible from North America will be on April 8, 2024. Find charts and learn more about eclipses here.

Partial solar eclipse of April 30, 2022

A partial solar eclipse occurs April 30, 2022. The moon's penumbral shadow will sweep across the southeast Pacific and southern South America.

Why no eclipse every full and new moon?

If the moon orbited Earth on the same plane that Earth circles the sun, we'd have an eclipse at every full and new moon. Here's why we don't.