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2022 Guide to Upcoming Meteor Showers

How, when, and where to see every meteor shower in the U.S. throughout the remainder of 2022


The night sky is littered with meteors streaking across in front of the Milky Way

Photo Credit: Michal Manciewicz


 

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Editor's Note: This article, originally published on August 2nd and updated on November 3rd, 2021, has been refreshed as of May 2022 to reflect a current schedule of meteor showers for the duration of the year. We'll be updating this post every few months to provide you with the most relevant information regarding upcoming sky events worth staying up late for!

 

Meteor showers are some of the most exciting and breathtaking sky events you can witness - but if you’re not careful, they can be easy to miss! That’s why we at Pathloom decided to put together a comprehensive list of every meteor shower that will be occurring for the remainder of 2022 - beginning with the Eta shower that peaks this coming week! We're also including dates for the two total lunar eclipses (May and November), as well as the two Supermoons of the year (June and July), when the proximity of the full moon makes it appear larger in the night sky than at any other time! Get your cameras, binoculars, and/or telescopes ready!


Viewing conditions vary around the world, and some meteor showers are much more visible from the Southern Hemisphere. However, at this point in our company’s lifecycle the overwhelming majority of Pathloom’s community is US-based, so we tried to list the best locations to view each shower domestically. We hope to provide a more international perspective in coming years, but for now we’ll focus on our local readership.


A meteor falls through a rainbow night sky over Rye, New Hampshire

Photo Credit: Kristopher Roller



So mark your calendars and get trip planning! Remember that you’ll only need to find a location without much light pollution, and arrive with enough time to find a good view of the sky to see something truly beautiful. You can use this tool to find the best places to stargaze near you - and if you’re new to stargazing, check out our article on planetary conjunctions for a more comprehensive look on how to view constellations! Remember, meteor showers are typically named after the constellations that they appear closest to, so for the most ideal views find that constellation and set your sights there. Good luck, and don’t forget to make a wish!



Eta Aquariids

  • Dates Active: April 15th - May 27th

  • Peak Viewing Date: May 4th - 6th

  • Optimal Viewing Time: Just before dawn

  • Best Area for Viewing in U.S.: Southern United States


Total Lunar Eclipse: May 16th


Full Strawberry Supermoon: June 14th


Full Buck Supermoon: July 13th


Southern Delta Aquariids

  • Dates Active: July 18th - August 21st

  • Peak Viewing Date: July 29th (or any night while active with a new moon)

  • Optimal Viewing Time: Evening until dawn

  • Best Area for Viewing in U.S.: Southern United States


Perseid Meteor Shower peaking in August with dozens of trails of meteors streaking across the night sky

Perseids Meteor Shower - Photo Credit: Prokhor Minin


Full Sturgeon Supermoon: July 13th


Perseids

  • Dates Active: July 14th - September 1st

  • Peak Viewing Date: November 16th - 18th

  • Best Area for Viewing in U.S.: Anywhere in the US


Draconids

  • Dates Active: October 8th - October 9th

  • Peak Viewing Date: October 8th

  • Optimal Viewing Time: Just after nightfall, prior to full moon rising

  • Best Area for Viewing in U.S.: Anywhere in the US


Orionids

  • Dates Active: September 26th - November 22nd

  • Peak Viewing Date: October 20th & 21st

  • Optimal Viewing Time: 12-2am either night

  • Best Area for Viewing in U.S.: Anywhere in the US


The night sky above the mountains of Washington is a deep blue, all the better for contrast for the meteor streaking overhead

Photo Credit: Daniel Mayo


Southern Taurids

  • Dates Active: September 23th - November 12th

  • Peak Viewing Date: November 5th

  • Optimal Viewing Time: Around Midnight

  • Best Area for Viewing in U.S.: Anywhere in the US


Northern Taurids

  • Dates Active: October 13th - December 2nd

  • Peak Viewing Date: November 12th

  • Optimal Viewing Time: Around Midnight

  • Best Area for Viewing in U.S.: Anywhere in the US


According to Earthsky.org, late October 2022 may actually be the best time to catch the Taurid meteor showers, as both showers overlap under a new moon, meaning less light pollution to drown them out!


Total Lunar Eclipse: November 8th


Leonids

  • Dates Active: November 3rd - December 2nd

  • Peak Viewing Date: November 17th

  • Optimal Viewing Time: Late evening until moonrise

  • Best Area for Viewing in U.S.: Anywhere in the US


An ideal campsite - tent and fire laid out in the forest under a clear night sky, where meteors can be seen streaking overhead

Photo Credit: Jonathan Forage



Geminids

  • Dates Active: November 19th - December 24th

  • Peak Viewing Date: December 14th

  • Optimal Viewing Time: Early AM hours

  • Best Area for Viewing in U.S.: Anywhere in the US


Ursids

  • Dates Active: December 13th - December 24th

  • Peak Viewing Date: December 22nd

  • Optimal Viewing Time: Early AM hours

  • Best Area for Viewing in U.S.: Anywhere in the US


 

We'll update this guide again in January 2023 with dates for the new year! Bookmark the Pathloom Blog for this and other great outdoors-related content released each and every week, and visit Pathloom.com to sign up for the FREE BETA version of our all-inclusive outdoor travel planning app!

 

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The original author of this article, Pathloom Intern Justine Imburgio majors in Secondary Education and English at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Look for more of Justine's writing all over the Pathloom blog!

 

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