Late July to mid-August meteors … the Delta Aquariids
Predicted peak: July 29, 2022, at 10 UTC. This shower, on the other hand, doesn’t appear to have a distinct crest. From the end of July until the beginning of August, it will be accompanied by the Perseid meteor shower.
When to watch: Watch late July through early August, mid-evening to dawn.
Duration of the shower: July 18 to August 21.
Radiant: Rises in mid-evening, highest around 2 a.m. your local time and low in the sky by dawn. See the chart below.
Nearest moon phase: In 2022, the new moon falls at 17:55 UTC on July 28. And the full moon will fall at 1:36 UTC on August 12. Take advantage of the moon-free mornings in late July and early August for watching the Delta Aquariids (and the Perseids).
Expected meteors at peak, under ideal conditions: In a clear night sky without a moon, the highest hourly rate of Delta Aquariid meteors can approach 15 to 20 meteors. When the moon isn’t in the sky to block your view of the Perseids in early August, you’re likely to see a lot of Delta Aquariids.
Note: The Southern Hemisphere is favored by July’s Delta Aquariids, just as it was by Eta Aquariids in May. At high latitudes, skywatchers tend to overlook it. The shower, on the other hand, can be fantastic from the southern United States’ latitudes. It is common for Delta Aquariid meteors to be dimmer than the Perseids. As a result, the absence of the moon is necessary. It is estimated that between 5% and 10% of Delta Aquariid meteors leave ionized gas trails that continue for a few seconds after the meteor has gone.
Star Skat, or Delta Aquarii, is the source of Delta Aquariid meteors, which can be seen in Aquarius the Water Bearer. Nearby Fomalhaut is this star. Fomalhaut peaks at about 2 a.m. in late July and early August (on your clock no matter where you are). Toward the southern hemisphere, it is closer to the horizon than toward the northern hemisphere. Fomalhaut is a brilliant star that stands alone in the night sky. Draw a line through the constellations on the western edge of the Great Square of Pegasus and follow it roughly southward.
Early to mid-August meteors … the Perseids
Predicted peak: is predicted* for August 13, 2022, at 3 UTC.
When to watch: During the height of the Perseid meteor shower in 2022, the moon will be visible all night long. When it comes to this rain, though, it climbs slowly to a peak and then dips off quickly before fading away. Also, as the night goes on and into the early hours, the number of Perseid meteors increases. The greatest time to take a shower is in the morning. Then, in 2022, from the beginning of August until mid-August, keep an eye out for the waxing moon, which becomes brighter each night and stays up longer.
Duration of shower: July 14 to September 1.
Radiant:Radiant peaks at dawn and rises in the midst of the night. See the graph below.
Nearest moon phase:The August 12th full moon occurs at 1:36 UTC. During the peak of the Perseids in 2022, there will be a full moon. Watch the Perseids when there is no moon in the sky in late July and early August (and the Delta Aquariids).
Expected meteors at peak, under ideal conditions: Skywatchers often claim seeing 90 meteors an hour or more when the sky is black and there is no moon. In 2022, however, even the brightest meteors will be obscured by the full moon, making this a moot point.
Note: For much of August, the Perseid meteor shower is prolific and constant. The meteors have a vibrant hue. They also routinely abandon trains that are running late. The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most popular meteor showers in the Northern Hemisphere because of these reasons.
For much of August, the Perseid meteor shower is prolific and constant. The meteors have a vibrant hue. They also routinely abandon trains that are running late. The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most popular meteor showers in the Northern Hemisphere because of these reasons.
Early October meteors … the Draconids
Predicted peak: is predicted* for October 9, 2022, at 1 UTC (evening of October 8 for the Americas).
When to watch: There’s no dark window for watching the Draconids in 2022. If you want to watch in moonlight, try the evening of October 8.
Overall duration of shower: October 8 through 9.
Radiant: Highest in the sky in the evening hours. See chart below.
Nearest moon phase: Full moon is 20:55 UTC on October 9. In 2022, the full or nearly full moon will drown most Draconid meteors from view.
Expected meteors at peak, under ideal conditions: Under a dark sky with no moon, you might catch 10 Draconid meteors per hour.
Note: When the sun sets, the radiant point of the Draconid shower is at its highest position in the sky. As a result, unlike many other meteor showers, the Draconids are more likely to be visible in the evening than in the early morning hours following the stroke of twelve. Only a few slow-moving meteors per hour can be expected from this shower in most years. If the Dragon rises, beware! Draco has been reported to produce hundreds of meteors in a single hour on rare occasions. It’s this looming possibility that keeps a lot of people outside during a meteor shower, even when it’s dark.
Almost exactly in line with the northern sky’s Draco the Dragon constellation’s head, the radiant point for this year’s Draconid meteor shower may be found. Draconids are best seen from the northern hemisphere because of this At the beginning of October, the sun is setting to the north when this chart was made. Located in the northwest, the Big Dipper is easy to spot. In October, impediments on the northern horizon may block your view of the Big Dipper from southern U.S. and equivalent latitudes.
You won’t be able to see the Big Dipper at all this time of year if you’re in a location further south, like the Southern Hemisphere. You can, however, utilise the Big Dipper to star-hop to the star Polaris if you can see it low in the sky. The Little Dipper’s handle features the final star, Polaris. Why are there so many stars? In early October, you should be able to see the Draconids’ radiant point Eltanin and Rastaban, which are both high in the northwest sky at the time of nightfall. The Dragon’s Eyes, a group of nearby stars, is the source of draconid meteors.
October into early November … the South and North Taurids
Predicted peak: On November 5, 2022, around 18 UTC, the South Taurids will reach their maximum brightness, according to predictions*. At 18 UTC on November 12, 2022, the peak of the North Taurids is expected. South and North Taurids don’t have very distinct peak points, however. During the months of October and November, they’re most conspicuous when they overlap, which is when they’re at their longest and most noticeable.
When to watch: Best around midnight, and probably best from late October into early November.
Overall duration of shower: The South Taurids run from about September 23 to November 12. North Taurids are active from about October 13 to December 2.
Radiant: Rises in early evening, highest in the sky around midnight. See chart below.
Nearest moon phase: In 2022, new moon falls on October 25. Full moon is November 8. So late October – when the two showers overlap and there’s no moon – might be excellent for the Taurids in 2022. But you’ll catch Taurid meteors throughout October and November. This custom sunrise-set calendar can show you moon rising times for your location. Be sure to check the moon rising time box.
Expected meteors at peak, under ideal conditions: Under dark skies with no moon, both the South and North Taurid meteor showers produce about 5 meteors per hour (10 total when they overlap). In 2022, watch for fireballs.
Note:As a general rule, taurid meteors move slowly yet can be rather brilliant when they do so. They may return in 2022, as they have done in the past, when the showers produce fireballs. Taurid fireballs have “a seven-year cycle,” according to the American Meteor Society. Each of them was made in 2008 and 2015. The year 2022 is a possibility. Fireballs from the Taurid meteor shower have been spectacular in recent years. Taurid fireball images and video can be found on this page. In 2022, keep an eye out for them!
Early January 2023 meteors … the Quadrantids
When to watch:Nights of January 3-4 (the estimated peak** is 3 UTC January 4) are optimal for the 2023 Quadrantids. The night will be lit up by a dazzling, nearly full moon. Try the night of January 3 through the early morning of January 4, when the moon is full. There may be an hour or more of total darkness, after the moon sets, just before sunrise on January 4.
Nearest moon phase: Full moon will come on January 6, 2023.
Radiant: Early in the morning, as it rises in the north-northeast, it reaches its highest point. The Quadrantids’ zenith lies in the now-defunct constellation of Quadrans Muralis, the Mural Quadrant, where their radiant point can be found. Currently, the radiant can be seen close to the well-known Big Dipper asterism. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, you’ll miss out on much of the Quadrantid shower because it’s located far north on the dome of the sky.
Expected meteors at peak, under ideal conditions: When the radiant is high in the sky and the sky is dark, the Quadrantids can emit over 100 meteors per hour on a moonless night.
Duration of shower: According to a 2017 study in the journal Icarus, the Quadrantid meteor shower occurs from mid-November to mid-January each year. During that time period, a Quadrantid streak could pass by. Most people’s attention focuses on the peak.
Note: The Quadrantids is one of four major meteor showers each year with a sharp peak (the other three are the Lyrids, Leonids, and Ursids).
June 2023 daytime meteor shower … the Arietids
When to watch:From May 29 through June 17, you can watch. On June 7, 2023, there is a forecasted peak. In the early morning darkness, keep an eye out in the direction of the rising light for signs of them.
Nearest moon phase: June 7, 2023, is expected to be one of the most beautiful times of the year to see the waning gibbous Moon compete with the night sky.
Radiant: In the constellation Aries, the shower’s radiant point—the point in the sky from which the meteors appear to radiate—is found. Before dawn, look to the east for this constellation.
Duration of shower: May 29 to June 17.
Expected meteors at peak: Daytime meteor showers provide a particular challenge since, after the sun rises, you will no longer be able to observe them. However, the zenithal hourly rate (ZHR) of Arietids is very high! It is estimated that up to 200 meteors per hour can be seen in the sky every hour, based on radar and radio echoes counts.
Note:The Arietids are sometimes referred to as the most prolific midday meteor shower.
Meteor shower words of wisdom
Meteor showers, according to a wise man, are like fishing. You go, you take in the beauty of the natural world… Occasionally, you’ll stumble onto a gem.
For all the main meteor events in 2022 and early 2023, keep an eye on this page. Many of them are excellent. Late Summer months bring the Delta Aquariid and the Perseid showers.
The American Meteor Society has calculated the peak hours and dates for the 2022 meteor showers. Keep in mind that the predicted peak times for meteor showers are subject to change. Return to the top
The American Meteor Society’s Robert Lunsford has provided the peak times for the 2023 meteor showers. Keep in mind that the predicted peak times for meteor showers are subject to change.
Delta Aquariid meteors, which can be observed in Aquarius the Water Bearer, are produced by the Star Skat, or Delta Aquarii. Star Fomalhaut is located close by. In late July and early August, Fomalhaut reaches its peak about 2 a.m. (on your clock no matter where you are). It is closer to the horizon in the southern hemisphere than in the northern hemisphere. One of the brightest stars in the night sky, Fomalhaut is a lonesome presence. In the Great Square of Pegasus, draw a line through the constellations and continue it roughly southward…
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