Meteor Showers That Will Light Up Night Skies in 2022

By Adam Mann

On any given night, far from bright city lights, there’s a chance you’ll see a beautiful streak shoot across the sky like a meteor flies overhead. But on special dates scattered throughout the year, skywatchers can catch a multitude of flares as meteor showers burst in the darkness.

Meteor showers occur when our planet runs into the debris field left behind by icy comets or rocky asteroids going around the sun. These small particles burn up in the atmosphere, leading to blazing trails of light.

The best practice is to head out to the countryside and get as far away from artificial light sources as possible. Meteor showers are usually best viewed when the sky is darkest, after midnight but before sunrise. Clear nights, higher altitudes, and times when the moon is slim or absent are best. Binoculars or telescopes aren’t necessary.

This year will be a fairly sedate one for meteor showers. The biggest events — the summer Perseids and the winter Geminids — both have the unfortunate luck of occurring during bright moon phases, which will wash out many trails. But enthusiasts may be treated to a new shower, called the Tau Herculids, which is predicted to be potentially visible for the first time in 2022.

Calendar with best options to catch a nice show throughout the year:

  • The Quadrantids: Active from Dec. 26, 2021, to Jan. 16, 2022. Peak nights – Jan. 2-3
  • The Lyrids: Active from Apr. 15 to 29. Peak nights – Apr. 21-22
  • The Eta Aquariids: Active from Apr. 15 to May 27. Peak nights – May 4-5
  • The Tau Herculids: Potentially active from the end of May to early June. Peak nights – May 29-31
  • The Southern Delta Aquariids: Active from Jul. 18 to Aug. 21. Peak nights – Jul. 29-30
  • The Perseids: Active from Jul. 14 to Sept. 1. Peak nights – Aug. 11-12
  • The Orionids: Active from Sept. 26 to Nov. 22. Peak nights – Oct. 20-21
  • The Leonids: Active from Nov. 3 to Dec. 2. Peak nights – Nov. 17-18
  • The Geminids: Active from Dec. 4 to 17. Peak nights – Dec. 13-14
  • The Ursids: Active from Dec. 17 to 26. Peak nights – Dec. 22-23

(Courtesy: The New York Times)

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