The Ultimate 2022 Stargazing Calendar

Embark on an astronomy adventure of a lifetime with our ultimate 2022 stargazing calendar.
Stargazing calendar

If you’d like to wish on a star to have more adventures in 2022, but find yourself trapped underneath starless skies, we have the perfect solution in mind. Round up your travel posse, get a Cruise America RV rental and embark on an astronomy adventure. 

Before You Head Out

To get the most out of your star-tastic experience, we recommend first doing the following:

  •   Rent an RV in advance – meteor showers and eclipses are popular times for RV rentals 
  •   Download a free stargazing app on your phone
  •   Plan on heading to a national park or Dark Sky location for the best views
  •   Scope out this list of the best places to camp under the stars
  •   Check out our guide to 2022 astronomy events below to pick the best time of year to venture out

A Few Words to Know

Before taking a gander at our calendar, here are a few terms that will come in handy:

  •   Meteor Shower: A celestial event in which several meteors are observed to radiate from one point in the night sky. The full calendar below has some epic meteor shower events to look forward to!
  •   Full Moon: Not ideal for stargazing since the sky doesn’t get that dark. But it’s perfect for creating special memories such as first camping trips or watching the moon rise. 
  •   Supermoon: Occurs when a full moon is at its closest distance to the Earth, making it look brighter and larger than usual.
  •   New Moon: Occurs when the Sun and Moon are aligned, making the moon invisible from Earth and creating a ‘moonless night’—perfect for stargazing!
  •   Planet Sighting: These events allow you to see other planets. How cool is that!
  •   Total Solar Eclipse: Occurs when the New Moon comes between the sun and earth and casts the darkest part of its shadow, the umbra, on Earth.
  •   Summer Solstice: Occurs when the sun reaches its highest position in the sky, creating the longest period of daylight.
  •   Winter Solstice: Occurs when one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt away from the sun, creating the shortest day of daylight in the Northern hemisphere. 

2022 ASTRONOMY CALENDAR

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JANUARY

2 New Moon

3-4 Quadrantids Meteor Show 

7 Mercury Planet Sighting

17 Full Moon

FEBRUARY

1 New Moon

16 Full Moon and Mercury Planet Sighting

MARCH

2 New Moon

18 Full Moon

20 March Equinox

APRIL (Global Astronomy Month!)

1 New Moon

16 Full Moon

22-23 Lyrids Meteor Shower

29 Mercury Planet Sighting

30 New Moon and Partial Solar Eclipse 

MAY

6-7 Eta Aquarids

16 Full Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse 

30 New Moon

JUNE

14 Full Moon and Supermoon

16 Mercury Planet Sighting

21 June Solstice

29 New Moon

JULY

13 Full Moon and Supermoon

28 New Moon

28-29 Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower

AUGUST

12 Full Moon and Supermoon

12-13 Perseid Meteor Shower

14 Saturn Planet Sighting 

27 New Moon and Mercury Planet Sighting 

SEPTEMBER

10 Full Moon

16 Neptune Planet Sighting

23 September Equinox

25 New Moon

26 Jupiter Planet Sighting 

OCTOBER 

7 Draconids Meteor Shower

8 Mercury Planet Sighting

9 Full Moon

21-22 Orionids Meteor Shower

25 New Moon and Partial Solar Eclipse 

NOVEMBER

4-5 Taurids Meteor Shower

8 Full Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse 

9 Uranus Planet Sighting 

17-18 Leonids Meteor Shower

23 New Moon

DECEMBER

8 Full Moon and Mars Planet Sighting

13-14 Geminids Meteor Shower

21 December Solstice

21 Mercury Planet Sighting 

21-22 Ursids Meteor Shower

23 New Moon

To the Stars We Go

Ready for your astronomy road trip? Get your Cruise America RV reserved and ready to go today.

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