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In 2022 the night sky promises to be full of cosmic wonders. A pair of total lunar eclipses—nicknamed “blood moons” for the deep shade of red the moon turns when bathed in Earth’s shadow—will be visible to billions. Brilliant shooting stars will streak across the heavens with no bright moon to drown out the light. And sky-watchers can look out for an eye-catching huddle of five of our brightest neighbouring planets, all visible to the unaided eye. In the right conditions, distant Uranus may even join the five other visible planets, seen as a tiny, greenish point of light in the sky.

Here is a rundown of some of the most spectacular celestial phenomena worth circling on your calendar for the upcoming year.

From late March to early April, early risers in both hemispheres will get to see some of the brightest neighbouring planets perform a majestic celestial ballet. Look to the low southeastern skies about an hour before local sunrise to catch Venus, Mars, and Saturn grouped together in a tight triangular cluster. On March 27 and 28, the crescent moon will pass by the planetary party.

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