Upcoming meteor showers to mark on your calendar

For some spectacular sights in the sky, these upcoming meteor showers will do the trick

upcoming meteor showers feature image: a meteor shower with a water tower in the distance and a yellow tie-dye background
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We're well acquainted with the cosmos and attuned to their energetic capabilities. But sometimes, we prefer to simply look at the stars rather than analyze them. 

Enter the 2022 meteor showers: sweet, free spectacles in the sky. Although we've gone over our 2022 horoscope predictions umpteenth times and planned rituals around the next full moon, we appreciate these events for their brevity and their beauty. 

Meteor showers—better known as shooting stars—take place when dust from asteroids or comets enter the Earth's atmosphere, according to our sister site, Space.com. Though these high-speed events can be strays, there are a handful throughout the calendar year that are worthy of your attention. 

If you're looking for a little entertainment at no cost, take a step back and let the Universe do her thing.

A meteor from the 2016 Perseid meteor shower streaks across the night sky above some pine trees in the Cleveland National Forest. Mount Laguna, San Diego County, California. USA

(Image credit: Kevin Key / Slworking/Getty images)

Upcoming meteor showers 2022

Are those 2022 planners handy? Here are the annual showers to mark down. During these particular dates, you can expect dozens or even hundreds of meteors per hour to light up the sky, according to Space.com. 

  • Quadrantids: January 3–4, 2022
  • Lyrids: April 21–22, 2022
  • Eta Aquarids: May 4–5, 2022
  • Delta Aquarids: July 28–29, 2022
  • Perseids: August 11–13, 2022
  • Draconids: October 8–10, 2022
  • Orionids: October 20–21, 2022
  • Leonids: November 16–17, 2022
  • Geminids: December 13–14, 2022

When’s the next meteor shower?

  • Delta Aquarids: July 28–29, 2022

Meteor showers are named after the constellations from where the shower originates, and in this case, the July meteor shower comes from Constellation Aquarius. 

Although this might seem a ripe time to pitch a tent and set up a campfire for s'mores, do be warned that it's a bit difficult to spot Delta Aquarids in comparison to other meteor showers. According to Farmers' Almanac, Delta Aquarids will produce anywhere between 10 to 20 meteors per hour.

How to watch the Delta Aquarids

Though it goes without saying, those in the middle of Times Square or any other bright, bustling city hotspot will have a challenging time spotting the meteor showers. It's best to grab a telescope and set it up under a dark night sky. 

According to Farmers' Almanac, an opportune time to have a glance at the Delta Aquarids at the end of the month would be around pre-dawn and looking towards the south. Even the pre-dawn hours on July 30 just might be the ticket to catching the show. 

Who said that the stars were just handy for manifesting and meditating? In addition to guiding us towards the proper paths, the cosmos also provide beautiful sights that are incomparable to anything else on Earth—quite literally. 

Grab your blanket and we'll meet you on the grass, pre-dawn!

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

When Danielle’s not writing, you can find her testing out a new recipe, reading a book (suggestions always welcome), or rearranging the furniture in her apartment…again.