The night sky is full of wonders every night, but in 2022, there’s much to be excited about when it comes to celestial events! The upcoming year is full of meteor showers, eclipses, supermoons, and more! Keep reading to learn about the upcoming astronomical events you can look forward to in the new year!
January 3rd, 4th - Quadrantids Meteor Shower
The Quadrantids Meteor Shower happens once a year between the first and the fifth of January. It is considered to be above-average when it comes to activity. In 2022, it will peak the night of the third into the early morning hours of the fourth.
April 22nd, 23rd - Lyrids Meteor Shower
The Lyrids Meteor Shower is one of the best things to see in the night sky. In 2022, it will peak the evening of April 22nd and will bleed into the morning hours of the 23rd. For the best view, it’s recommended to go someplace far away from city lights sometime after midnight.
May 6th, 7th - Eta Aquarius Meteor Shower
If you’re located in the Southern Hemisphere, the Eta Aquarius Meteor Shower is a must-see. It is considered above-average for how active it is and produces up to 60 meteors per hour when it peaks. In 2022, it will be most active on the evening of May 6th into the early morning hours of the 7th. The moon’s position will leave the night sky dark enough for an amazing show this year.
May 16th, 2022 - Total Lunar Eclipse
There are few things as breathtaking as a total lunar eclipse. Unlike solar eclipses, you can safely view the lunar eclipse without any special eyewear. This lunar eclipse will be visible for all of North America, Greenland, and also in parts of Western Europe and Western Africa.
June 14th, 2022 - Supermoon
At 11:52 UTC in June 14th, the moon will be located on the opposite side of the Earth as the sun and will be fully illuminated. This is the first of three supermoons in 2022 and is known as the Strawberry Moon. It coincides with the start of the strawberry growing season and was known to Native Americans as a sign of the time to start growing crops.
July 13th, 2022 - Supermoon
The second supermoon, coined the Buck Moon, will occur at 18:38 UTC on July 13th, 2022. Native Americans named this moon the Buck Moon since male deer would grow their antlers around the same time of year as the moon.
July 28th, 29th, 2022: Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower
The Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower is expected to produce around 20 meteors at its peak. Although this is less impressive than other expected showers in 2022, it is still a beautiful sight to see. It will peak the evening of July 28th and will continue into the morning hours of the 29th.
August 12th, 13th, 2022 - Perseids Meteor Shower
Perseids Meteor Shower is one of the most impressive showers expected in 2022. It is expected to produce up to 60 meteors an hour at its peak, which will happen after midnight on August 12th. Since the moon will be nearly full, many of the brightest meteors will not be visible, but it should still be a beautiful show.
August 14th, 2022 - Saturn at Opposition
Saturn will be at its closest position to the Earth, making this the perfect time to view or photograph the planet.
September 16th, 2022 - Neptune at Opposition
Neptune will be at its closest position to the Earth.
September 26th, 2022 - Jupiter at Opposition
Jupiter will be at its closest position to the sun.
October 7th, 2022 - Draconids Meteor Shower
The Draconids Meteor Shower is a minor shower that should only produce around ten meteors per hour at its peak. It will be visible on the evening of October 7th.
October 21st, 22nd, 2022 - Orionids Meteor Shower
Orionids Meteor Shower should produce around 20 meteors per hour at its peak on the evening of October 21st and into the 22nd. There should be primarily dark skies, though, so the show will still be a good one.
November 4th, 5th, 2022 - Taurids Meteor Shower
The Taurids Meteor Shower is only expected to produce 5 to 10 meteors per hour at its peak, and the mostly full moon will block its brightest meteors. If you want to see any meteors, you will have to be patient for this one.
November 8th, 2022 - Total Lunar Eclipse
This total lunar eclipse will only be visible in Eastern Russia, Australia, Japan, and parts of Western and Central Africa.
November 9th, 2022 - Uranus at Opposition
Uranus will be at its closest position to the Earth.
November 17th, 18th, 2022 - Leonids Meteor Shower
The Leonids Meteor Shower is among one of the most unpredictable of them all. It is expected to produce around 15 meteors per hour at its peak. However, the moon will block some of its brightest meteors.
December 8th, 2022 - Mars at Opposition
Mars will be at its closest position to the Earth.
December 14th, 15th, 2022 - Geminids Meteor Shower
The Geminids Meteor Shower is the ultimate meteor shower for the entire year of 2022. At its peak, it will produce up to 120 meteors per hour in bright and multicolors. In 2022, it will peak from the 14th of December into the 15th.
December 21st, 22nd, 2022 - Ursids Meteor Shower
The Ursids Meteor Shower is a minor one that will only produce about 5-10 meteors per hour at its peak. The nearly new moon will leave the sky darker than usual, which should make for a beautiful show.