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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2 New Moon
3-4 Quadrantids Meteor Show
7 Mercury Planet Sighting
17 Full Moon
1 New Moon
16 Full Moon and Mercury Planet Sighting
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
6-7 Eta Aquarids
16 Full Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse
30 New Moon
14 Full Moon and Supermoon
16 Mercury Planet Sighting
21 June Solstice
29 New Moon
13 Full Moon and Supermoon
28 New Moon
28-29 Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower
12 Full Moon and Supermoon
12-13 Perseid Meteor Shower
14 Saturn Planet Sighting
27 New Moon and Mercury Planet Sighting
10 Full Moon
16 Neptune Planet Sighting
23 September Equinox
25 New Moon
26 Jupiter Planet Sighting
7 Draconids Meteor Shower
8 Mercury Planet Sighting
9 Full Moon
21-22 Orionids Meteor Shower
25 New Moon and Partial Solar Eclipse
4-5 Taurids Meteor Shower
8 Full Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse
9 Uranus Planet Sighting
17-18 Leonids Meteor Shower
23 New Moon
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.