Want to get out and see the magic of the universe? These are the stargazing events to check out this year.
I could stare at the stars and the ocean for hours. When looking upon the expanse of the sky, it seems to go on forever and make me and my problems feel so small (in a good way).
A few years ago we started to get into astrophotography, but after moving to NYC, we’ve been shooting city lights over the night sky. While living in the city that never sleeps, we met some incredible astrophotographers who have inspired us to get back at it. We have a feeling our next city will have us spending more time outside.
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Last Updated: January 4, 2022
15 Stargazing Events You Won't Want to Miss in 2022
We’ve done some night photography on a whim, but in hindsight realized it takes a some astronomy knowledge to capture great star photos. P.S. I also did some sports photography back in college, which was a disaster, because I didn’t understand the sport and could never follow the ball. I am hoping in the coming year with a better understanding of the stars, we can take some rad photos of them.
To helps us plan for the year, we’ve put together a calendar of stargazing events, new moons, full moons, and more. That way, we can plan each trip accordingly to get the best results. Here are the astronomy events that you should mark on your calendars!
Also, it helps to ask to go with some already knowledgeable folks or attend a star party.
1. Quadrantids Meteor Shower
January 2-3, 2022
This shower runs annually from January 1-5, but peaks on the night of the 3rd with up to 40 meteors per hour. The best viewing will be after midnight. Unfortunately, the waning gibbous moon will block our faint meteors. This shower is believed to be dust grains left by the extinct comet 2003 EH1. The thin crescent moon will set early with dark skies the rest of the night.
2. Lyrids Meteor Shower
April 22-23, 2022
The Lyrids are produced by dust particles left by comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, and there are roughly 20 meteors per hour during its peak. It runs from April 16-25 with the peak the night of the 22nds and morning of the 23rd. The waning gibbous moon will block some of the fainter meteors.
3. Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower
May 6-7, 2022
The most active portion of this shower will be seen in the Southern Hemisphere with up to 60 meteors per hour. In the Northern Hemisphere, there will be up to 60 meteors per hour. It runs annually from April 19 to May 28 but peaks the night of May 6. This shower is made of dust particles left by the Halley comet.
4. Total Lunar Eclipse
May 16, 2022
When the Moon passes completely through the Earth’s dark shadow, you get a total lunar eclipse. You’ll be able to see this one from the North America, Greenland, the Atlantic Ocean, and parts of western Europe and western Africa.
6. Neowise Comet
July 13 – 19, 2020
If you live in the Northern hemisphere you can see comet Neowise. Just look northwest just after sunset, and it can be visible to the human eye. It still helps to have binoculars or a telescope though, and if you’re photographing it, bring your long lens. Each night, it will rise higher above the horizon. Catch it now, since it won’t be seen for another 6800 years.
5. Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower
July 28-29, 2022
Debris from the Marsden and Kracht comets create this annual shower that runs from July 12 to August 23. During its peak the night of July 28th, you can see up to 20 meteors per hour. The new moon will make it great for viewing.
6. Perseids Meteor Shower
August 12-13, 2022
This is one of the best meteor showers and stargazing events to check out this year. It produces up to 60 bright meteors per hour from the Swift-Tuttle comet. It runs from July 17 to August 24 with its peak the night of August 12. Unfortunately the nearly full moon will make it hard to see.
7. Draconids Meteor Shower
October 7, 2022
This is a smaller meteor shower but still has about 10 meteors per hour left by comet 21P Giacobini-Zinner. It’s best viewed in the early evening instead of the early morning and runs from Oct 6-10 with the peak on the 7th. The quarter moon means you’ll only see the brightest ones.
8. Orionids Meteor Shower
October 21-22, 2022
Running from October 2 to November 7, the dust grains left by comet Halley can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak on the night of October 21. The thin crescent moon will leave darks skies good for veiwing.
9. Taurids Meteor Shower
November 4-5, 2022
This is a smaller shower made up of dust grains left by Asteroid 2004 TG10 and Comet 2P Encke. It runs from September 7 to December 10 but the peak happens the night of November 4th. There will be a nearly full moon not making. itgreat for viewing.
10. Total Lunar Eclipse
November 8, 2022
The moon will be covered by Earth’s dark shadow making it a rusty or blood red color. You will be able to see it from eastern Russia, Japan, Australia, the Pacific Ocean, and parts of western and central North America.
11. Leonids Meteor Shower
November 17-18, 2022
This annual shower runs from November 6-30 with 15 meteors per hour at its peak. The Tempel-Tuttle comet dust grains peak the night of November 17th, but the second quarter moon will block out most of the fainter meteors. The second quarter moon blocks a lot of the fainter meteors but you may still get some good ones.
12. Total Solar Eclipse
December 4, 2021
We got a chance to catch 2018’s total solar eclipse and it was really amazing to witness. This year, the total solar eclipse can’t be seen from North America, but can only be seen in Antarctica and the southern Atlantic Ocean.
12. Geminids Meteor Shower
December 13-14, 2022
This is one of the best meteor showers with up to 120 multicolored meteors at its peak. The debris left from asteroid 3200 Phaethon runs from December 7-17 but peaks the night of December 13th. The waning gibbous moon will block fainter meteors but there should be plenty of bright ones still.
13. Ursids Meteor Shower
December 21-22, 2022
If you haven’t gotten enough meteor showers this year, catch the final shower the night of the 21st and morning of the 22nd. The Ursids is a smaller shower producing about 5-10 meteors per hour left by the comet Tuttle. The nearly new moon will be good for viewing.
2022 New Moon Dates
As a photographer, we’re always planning astrophotography around new moon because the sky is darkest and we can shoot photos of galaxies, star clusters, and the milky way. For that reason, it makes it great for stargazing too.
- January 2, 2022 18:35 UTC
- February 1, 2022 05:48 UTC
- March 2, 2022 17:38 UTC
- April 1, 2022 06:27 UTC
- April 30, 2022 20:30 UTC
- May 30, 2022 11:32 UTC
- June 29, 2022 02:53 UTC
- July 28, 2022 17:55 UTC
- August 27, 2022 08:17 UTC
- September 25, 2022 21:55 UTC
- October 25, 2022 10:49 UTC
- November 23, 2022 22:58 UTC
- December 23, 2022 10:17 UTC
2022 Full Moon Dates
If you’re looking for bright nights or to shoot the moon, go out on full moon days. This year, there are three supermoons, which means the moon is closest to Earth can may look slightly larger and brighter.
- January 17, 2022 Wolf Moon
- February 16, 2022 Snow Moon
- March 18, 2022 Worm Moon
- April 16, 2022 Pink Moon
- May 16, 2022 Flower Moon
- June 14, 2022 Supermoon / Strawberry Moon
- July 13, 2022 Supermoon / Buck Moon
- August 12, 2022 Supermoon / Sturgeon Moon
- September 10, 2022 Corn Moon
- October 9, 2022 Hunters Moon
- November 8, 2022 Frosty Moon
- December 8, 2022 Cold Moon
Note: A blue moon is the third of four full moons in a season. It’s a rare calendar event and only happens once every few years. Blue moons usually happen only once every 2.7 years. There is also another definition that came about from confusion: a blue moon can also be the second full moon in any given month.
2022 Eclipse Dates
- April 30, 2022 – Partial Solar Eclipse (Visible throughout most of southeast Pacific Ocean and Southern America)
- May 16, 2022 – Total Lunar Eclipse (Visible throughout all of North America, Greenland, the Atlantic Ocean, and part of western Europe and western Africa)
- October 25, 2022 – Partial Solar Eclipse (Visible in part of western Russia and Kazakhstan)
- November 8, 2022 – Total Lunar Eclipse (Visible throughout eastern Russia, Japan, Australia, the Pacific Ocean, and parts of western and central North America)
Opposition Dates in 2022
Planets in opposition are the best time to see them because they are closest to Earth.
- August 14, 2022 – Saturn
- September 16, 2022 – Neptune
- September 26, 2022 – Jupiter
- November 9, 2022 – Uranus
- December 8, 2022- Mars
2022 Equinox & Solstice Dates
- March 20, 2022 March Equinox (First Day of Spring)
- June 21, 2022 June Solstice (First Day of Summer)
- September 23, 2022 September Equinox (First Day of Fall)
- December 21, 2022 December Solstice (First Day of Winter)
Meteor Shower Dates in 2022
- January 3-4, 2022 – Quadrantids Meteor Shower
- April 22-23, 2022 – Lyrids Meteor Shower
- May 6-7, 2022 – Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower
- July 28-29, 2022 – Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower
- August 12-13, 2022 – Perseids Meteor Shower
- October 7, 2022 – Draconids Meteor Shower
- October 21-22, 2022 – Orionids Meteor Shower
- November 4-5, 2022 – Taurids Meteor Shower
- November 17-18, 2022 – Leonids Meteor Shower
- December 13-14, 2022 – Geminids Meteor Shower
- December 21-22, 2022 – Ursids Meteor Shower
Highlights of 2020
Two of the big highlights of 2020 was seeing the Neowise Comet and the Bethlehem Star. The Bethlehem star was honestly a bit of a letdown. There was so much hype around Jupiter and Saturn not coming together for 800 years, but turns out anyone with good eyesight could see two distinct planets and not one massive Christmas star. The comet, on the other hand, was really amazing to see with the naked eye and to photograph.
Both events will not happen again in our lifetime.
What stargazing events have you seen? When is the last time you stargazed?