2022 Meteor Showers - A Little Peak into the Year by Psychic Autumn

Published Date 1/3/2022
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There are many opportunities every year to view a meteor shower.

There are many opportunities every year to view a meteor shower.

Have you ever viewed a meteor shower?  Because they occur at predictable times during the year, meteor showers are easy to prepare for and observe in the night sky. Discover all the 2022 Meteor Showers, their history, peak viewing times and more in our comprehensive Meteor Shower guide.

What is a Meteor Shower? 

Meteors are space rock that break off from a bigger piece called a meteoroid. When this happens, and they enter the Earth’s atmosphere, they burn up, creating a sight that appears as a streak of luminosity known as a meteor shower. You may also know them as shooting stars or their Greek origin meteoros which simplifies to “thing high up”. When we have several of these meteoroids coming in hot and fast, it’s called a meteor shower.

Annual meteor showers are predictable, because the Earth's orbit travels into this space debris practically the same time every year. Astronomers have also been able to point out where the ice and dust debris came from and call it the parent. Moving on, we can the identify the parent body, the bigger piece (a comet, asteroid, etc.) and pin point where in the heavens that came from, giving these meteor showers their respective names with a nod to the constellation it originated from. It is an honor to recognize our first meteor shower of the calendar starting the new year off with a kiss from the cosmos. 

2022 Quadrantids Meteor Shower – Start Off the New Year Bright

Beginning January 3, 2022, we will experience the very first meteor shower of the year! During these first manifestations of the new year, wish upon a shooting star (there will be 20-40 opportunities per hour during peak hours) as we encounter a new moon! The view should be absolutely be spectacular.  If you can, grab your warm beverage, a telescope and cozy gear as it appears starting January 3rd at 5pm EST. The United States will have the best seat in the house for this one!  May all your wishes be granted! 

A little background on the Quadrantids meteor shower. They are residual from the parent asteroid 2003 EH1 which was recognized in 2003. This asteroid has an almost 6-year orbit around our sun leaving the debris clouds in the same spot our earth has to revolve through, same point every year in or around December 27th through January 10th, right in the peak of Capricorn season.

These meteor showers were named after the constellations they radiate near, in this case the constellation Draco and Bootes, called the quadrans muralis. 

Ironically, Quadrans murialis was no longer recognized, and was left out of the roster in 1922 by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). You can find quadrans murialis near the edge of the handle of Ursa Major/The Great Bear/Big Dipper. It still keeps its name since it was observed as a constellation for a lengthy period before it was decided that it wasn’t modern as they updated the list. (Deja Vu’ Pluto.) 

2022 Lyrids Meteor Shower – Just Breathtaking 

Remember the saying “April showers bring May flowers?”  We have two meteor showers to report in the spring time here but I’d like to begin with the Lyrids. These glittery, shooting stars are best known for their speed and brightness and what a view! With a tip like this, you can’t miss it even if you tried. Ending the gap between January’s last Quadrantids, the Lyrids Meteor Shower arrives in April and what a sight they are!

Appearing from April 14th to April 30th, 2022, with its peak on April 22nd after 9 pm EST until dawn, they will stick around and even overlap Eta Aquariids schedule which we will get into next. 

The Lyrids parent body is Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher who has a 415-year orbit around the sun, coming from the constellation, you guessed it, Lyra! It’s also home to its brightest star, Vega. Vega happens to be the only the second brightest northern star though, hey Sirius, looking at you. The Lyrids happen to be one of the most documented meteor showers ever, dating back as 687 B.C.E.

How Do I Best View This Meteor Shower?

Speaking of bright, we will have a last quarter moon phase in Sagittarius, so, perhaps the view might be a bit interrupted, pre-dawn time, however, since they are known for their brightness and speed, I’m sure one of your wishes will come true. You’d be sure to see at least one since they do average about 20 meteors per hour. 

Meteor Shower Purple

2022 Eta Aquariids Meteor Shower – Like That Family with All the Drama, but Nobody Ever Sees It 

Coming in close behind the Lyrids Meteor Shower, arriving from April 19, 2022 - May 28, 2022 is Eta Aquariids, around predawn near the constellation Aquarius. Its named after its brightest star, Eta Aquarii, whose parent is none other than Halley’s comet!  You may know this famous comment for having a 75-year orbit but is famous for being seen at least twice in a single lifetime. The next time Halley’s Comet is to be spotted will be in the year 2061, so if you don’t like to procrastinate, start making your plans now to check it out, ha ha!

The Eta Aquariids Meteor Shower don’t have a consistent peak but more than some broad moments of activity. It also may not be as radiant as the Lyrids or, Perseids Meteor Showers, but can be seen at the horizon.  Its best spot is the southern hemisphere, but it's not impossible where up to 25 meteors per hour can be seen. 

2022 Delta Aquariids Meteor Shower – Not the Brightest, But Worth the Look

Now as an honorable mention, the Delta Aquariids Meteor Shower, also known as the Southern Delta Aquariids or SDA, aren’t as bright on average and are also best viewed in the southern hemisphere. SDA will be around from July 12th - August 31st, 2022. Its nearest brightest star is Delta, which is the third brightest star in the constellation, Aquarius. Its parent body is Comet 9P Macholz, but it was suspected of being debris from two other comets in the past.

The special part about the Southern Delta Aquariids Meteor Shower this year is that it occurs under a new moon, so there is a better chance at visibility! Check it out around midnight until dawn for a view of up to 20 meteors per hour in the Northern Hemisphere and seeing about 60 shooting stars below the equator.

Fun fact: There is also a Northern Delta Aquariids Meteor Shower beginning July 16 and ending Sept 10. There are three suspect parent bodies here and that is still TBD. I feel that it’s only fair to mention the Aquariids Meteor Showers and to honor that we are now into the Age of Aquarius. 

2022 Perseids Meteor Shower - The Tiffany’s of the Heavens 

The Perseids are known to be the diamonds of the meteor shower category. Their luminosity and performance are stellar, to say the least. Its parent comet is none other than Swift-Tuttle who made its last visit back in 1992 with an orbit lasting a little over 133 years. 

The Perseids originate in the Perseus constellation, with Mirfak and Algol being its brightest stars. Its nearby Andromeda galaxy, which to add a bit of Greek mythology here. Perseus is the slayer of the monster, Medusa and Andromeda is Perseus’s wife, a princess, daughter of King Cepheus and Queen Cassiopeia, royals to ancient Ethiopia.  

When Can I See The Perseids Meteor Shower?

The Perseids Meteor Showers are known to have these glorious fireballs emanating a spectrum of vivid colors as they literally explode as they fall into Earth. They are a unique type of material larger than the usual space rock debris that outlast any meteor shower offering a true performance. The Perseids occur from July 17, 2022 - August 24, 2022. Mark your calendars for August 13, 2022 at 4:40pm EST for their peak times. Keep in mind, we will be experiencing a waning gibbous moon, so visibility might be a bit off. I suggest later that evening finding a dark secluded spot, lay back, adjust to the darkness and focus and you will be able to still observe the wonders of what the Perseids Meteor Shower sets forth upon the night sky! 

2022 Leonids Meteor Shower - Another Amazing View Not to Miss

As we move forward into November, our days once again get shorter, and we experience a cyclical, yet consistent pattern of average to outstanding views from the Leonids Meteor Shower every 33 years. Although 2022 is an average year for this shower, there is a surge in the peak in 2034 where hundreds of meteors fly in, almost resembling fireflies on a summer night. So, mark your calendars for 12 years from this fall. The most spectacular recorded meteor shower by the Leonids was back in 1966, where it had 40 meteors per second! There is no true explanation for it, but it just seems to be consistently aggressive every so often, which makes sense if its located near the Leo constellation. This constellation is also home to Regulus, its brightest star, bragging that its 150 times brighter than the sun, true Leo qualities right here.

You could thank the parent comet called Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle. It was found twice by Ernst Tempel in 1865, and Horace Tuttle in 1866. Tuttle seems to be the reason behind two of the parent comet greatest showers listed here.

What Is The Best Time To View The Leonids Meteor Shower?

Like the Perseids Meteor Shower, the Leonids are incredible, colorful and something to warm up to in November with a half moon. Visibility is still great since the Leonids Meteor Shower creates fireballs.  Look for this from November 6, 2022 - November 30, 2022 peaking at November 17-18 around midnight. This is the optimal time to get cozy gear to sit out and observe the wonders of the autumn skies and enjoy a classic meteor shower tonight.

2022 Geminid Meteor Shower - Like a Gem, This Too, Has a Unique Side to It

As we approach December, this next meteor shower is honestly a perfect ending to the holidays and as we begin to head into the new year meeting up with the Quadrantids later on this month into January.  The best part is you have a head start into this on Dec 11, 2022, around 9-10PM and will have excellent viewing status! From Dec 4, 2022 – December 17, 2022 the Geminid Meteor Shower is active but peaks on December 12 at 9AM, (which doesn’t help since its light out) but it will last all day into the evening with as many as 150 meteors per hour! Woah! 

The Geminids are quite unique since its parent body happens to be an asteroid that behaves like a comet. This asteroid is active and is called asteroid 3200 Phaethon. It is suspected that 3200 Phaethon, named after the Greek god, Helios’ son, has been observed the to be the only asteroid to really orbit close to the sun therefore, expelling its material from its close course and with an orbit of only 524 days. 

As we discussed how meteor showers are named after where they originate, this too, calls the Gemini constellation home to its two brightest stars, Castor and Pollux, like Greek mythology, the twins. It’s all about duality. It’s really interesting to think, how this parent body just fits the narrative with the behavior of this origin, parent body and meteor shower. You can find these twins in northeast sky around 9PM low on the horizon. Look for the Geminids Meteor Shower by the Gemini constellation near Orion, Taurus and the Big Dipper. 

Pointing at Meteor Shower

Meteors – A Present from The Heavens

Let us all appreciate the gifts from the cosmos, as meteors are spiritually known to be a present from the heavens or visiting spirits as they signify.  We are a part of something way more profound and vast in size. These fragments of space rocks are physically ice and dust, but symbolically, a meteor shower represents manifesting personal desires, as we bring on the transition and shine on as we gain wisdom. This reminds me of the Star Card in a Tarot Deck,  bringing in new vibrations to experience and releasing things that don’t vibe with us anymore.

Wish upon a star dear friends, for the universe is listening. 

2022 Meteor Shower Calendar

To recap, here is a handy calendar to all the major 2022 Meteor Showers discussed above and the peak times and locations to view them.  Of course, weather plays a factor in how well your meteor shower viewing experience will ultimately be, so there are no guarantees here, but hopefully you will get to enjoy several of these meteor shower viewing opportunities throughout 2022!

2022 Meteor Shower Calendar with Peak Viewing Times

Quadrantids Meteor Shower: Peak January 3-4, 2022.  Best viewed in the Northern Hemisphere.

Lyrids Meteor Shower:  Peak April 22-23, 2022.  Best viewed in both Hemispheres.

Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower:  Peak May 5-6, 2022.  Best viewed in both Hemispheres.

Delta Aquariids Meteor Shower: Peak July 28-29, 2022.  Best viewed in the Southern Hemisphere.

Perseids Meteor Shower:  Peak August 12-13, 2022.  Best viewed in the Northern Hemisphere.

Leonids Meteor Shower: Peak November 17-18, 2022.  Best viewed in both Hemispheres.

Geminids Meteor Shower:  Peak December 12-13, 2022.  Best viewed in the Northern Hemisphere.

 

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Autumn is an Intuitive Empath who has a love for astronomy with astrology as it correlates to who we are as spiritual beings and life purposes. She has over 16 years of experience with knowledge passed on from her ancestors and guides communicating with multi-dimensional souls over the significance of understanding the universe and our life paths. She is a generational psychic as early as 4 years old discovering her many abilities to connect to all energies with intuition. She is an oracle, using tarot as clarifying any messages she receives, feels, hears or knows while using crystals to heal and ground energies and recharge the chakras with reiki.

 

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