Before we thrill you with the 3 major celestial events scheduled for 2022, let’s see what celestial events to be. These refer to an astronomical field of interest that includes all celestial bodies, including objects related to visible heavens or the sky, such as the moon, sun, and stars. Therefore, all rare events associated with these celestial bodies are called celestial events.
It is no mystery that the year 2021 was one of the most chaotic years due to the progress of the pandemic. However, it was one of the best years for budding astronomers. Some celestial events that happened in 2021 include an exceptional solar eclipse, known as a “ring of fire.” In addition, the annual Perseid meteor shower also struck, leaving the Earth with a dark sky. Finally, 2021 was the year of a surprising comet, which graced the sky in December, also known as “Leonard”.
If astronomers are nearly half as lucky, they could witness a new comet spreading through the solar system in 2022. Plus, novice stargazers can get a treat from seeing meteor showers and numerous lunar events that can be fun in moderate weather, a clear slice of the unpolluted night sky, and a good pair of binoculars.
Top 3 Heavenly Events Scheduled for 2022
Fortunately, there are quite a few of these celestial events on the agenda in 2022. These will be a sight to behold exclusively in North America. Let’s give you a taste of what’s to come! Here is a list of the top 3 celestial events in 2022:
1. May 5: The Eta Aquariids Meteor Shower
Among celestial events, meteor showers are one of the most beautiful sights. The one on May 5 is likely to appear around 4 a.m. U.S. local time, just 1-2 hours before sunrise. It is best to keep your eyes on the eastern horizon for the Aquarius constellation. Star charts or stargazing apps can be a hero if you are not equipped to know where this is.
If you are calm and patient enough, you will witness more than a few shooting stars in the beautiful sky. These shooting stars are supported by the forecast that it will rain at 10-20 meteors per hour. Additionally, according to EarthSky, if you’re one of the less fortunate and don’t see the shooting stars on the morning of May 5, you may be able to spot a few individual fireballs around sunrise on May 4 or 6.
The meteors mentioned above are among the rare two showers when a trail of dust and debris left over from Halley’s comet crosses Earth’s path. The other is known as the Orionid Shower, a smaller one that appears annually in October.
This well-known ball of dirt and ice has appeared within range of our sight several times in the past. An example in recorded history was in 1066 when a hint of the fireball was sown in the Bayeux Tapestry. This one is coming back after 75 years and will likely reappear in mid-2061.
2. June 19-27: a row of five or maybe six planets
If you tend to wake up early in the morning, you might catch a glimpse of a rare symmetrical arrangement of planets in the middle or perhaps the end of June in 2022. The forecast holds that Venus, Mercury, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter are meant to fit in a breathtaking line as they stretch across the skies of North America.
If you want to increase your chances of seeing this miraculous event, set your eyes on the southeastern horizon at dawn. (Again, stargazing apps can help with this.) The brightest planets to appear are likely Jupiter and Venus. For the others, you may need a star chart direction to locate the beautiful diagonal line, which begins with Mercury low on the eastern horizon and Saturn at the end high in the south.
A crescent-shaped moon is also likely to join the party during these wondrous mornings. According to National Geographic, all five planets are likely visible to the naked human eye. However, those who are equipped with a little light pollution and a good telescope can witness a 6th planet, namely Uranus, in all its icy and great glory. It may hover slightly above Venus and appears as a deep green dot.
3. December 13-14: The Geminids Meteor Shower
If you missed the Perseid meteor shower in 2022, the beautiful winter Geminids is on the schedule this year. This constellation is meant to reflect Gemini, also known as the “twin” constellation. The main identifying factors are the shining, bright stars Pollux and Castor.
This event is a result of the 3200 Phaethon, that is, a unique mixture of a comet and an asteroid that orbits the sun after 1.4 years, leaving a row of rocks and dust in the way. It probably generates 120-160 meteors per hour, and according to the New York Times, the Geminids and Perseids are the most sought-after meteor showers lined up each year.
Therefore, if you are an astronomy enthusiast, you will not want to miss some of these exceptionally beautiful celestial events. Let your eyes experience a beautiful sight by keeping them alert to the wonders of the sky, planets, sun and moon in 2022.
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