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

Quick Facts:

  • Look below for updated ISS viewing times
  • Comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) visible through beginning of February
  • Bright Meteor spotted over Oklahoma

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. Look below for details on night sky events coming up.

Bright Meteor over Oklahoma January 20

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Bright Fireball was spotted around 3:38AM Friday morning. Several people reported hearing a loud boom as the meteor entered the atmosphere over Wagoner County. The loud noise came a few minutes after visible streak in the sky.

Green Meteor close to Earth

Comet ZTF was discovered last March and will be traveling close to Earth late Janurary thorugh early February. Reports indicate the comet is getting brighter and could be visible to the naked eye. When looking for a comet, don’t expect a super bright spot, it will look fuzzy and faint. The best time to see the comet will be in the early morning hours, this is when it will be highest in the sky. Binoculars and telescope will help you see the comet better. Look at the image below for a good idea of where it will be the rest of the month.

International Space Station times

(ISS viewings lower than 25° or visible less than 2 min not included)

  • Wednesday, February 1, Time: 7:19 PM, Visible: 3 minutes, Max Height: 47°, appears: northwest, disappears: north
  • Thursday, February 2, Time: 6:31 PM, Visible: 6 minutes, Max Height: 29°, appears: northwest, disappears: east
  • Friday, February 3, Time: 7:19 PM, Visible: 5 minutes, Max Height: 48°, appears: northwest, disappears: southeast
  • Saturday, February 4, Time: 6:31 PM, Visible: 7 minutes, Max Height: 87°, appears: northwest, disappears: southeast
  • Monday, February 6, Time: 6:32 PM, Visible: 6 minutes, Max Height: 27°, appears: northwest, disappears: south

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: Saturday, January 28
  • Full Moon: Sunday, February 5
  • Third Quarter: Monday, February 13
  • New Moon: Monday, February 20

Moon and Planet meet-ups

  • January 30: Moon & Mars

Meteor Showers

When watching a meteor shower, check the moon phase, moonrise/set times and don’t forget to be patient. The best way to watch is to get away from city lights and light pollution. The less light the more likely you are to see more meteors. Lay back and look up into the sky. Most meteors originate from the constellation the shower is named after, radiating outward. This means meteors can be anywhere in the sky. Try not to look at one spot in particular, just keep your eyes open to as much of the sky as possible.

Lyrids: Peak April 22

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