Since the dawn of time, humans have looked to the stars and the sky for insight on everything from navigation to relationships and beyond.
Many have made a living studying astrological patterns of heavenly bodies and using them to predict human behavior, give advice on daily living, and provide insight into our emotions, thoughts, and actions.
2022 promises to be a humdinger of action and astrological revelation, provided we're prepared to look for these events.
Don't sleep too long, or you'll miss some of the most notable and important celestial events of the century.
Read on to see what's happening in the heavens, as well as how it may affect you and your loved ones.
January 3-4: Quadrantids meteor shower
The Quadrantid meteor shower will climax the evening of January 3rd, peaking as it heads into the 4th. An impressive meteor shower to behold, you must be in the right place at the right time or you could miss out.
Without interference from a bright moon, you'll be able to see it in its full glory as you head out underneath the dark sky.
Late March: Planetary party
Good things do come to those who wait patiently. As quiet February heads into March, we see three planets that are cozying up to each other more than they normally do. Mars, Venus, and Saturn will appear extremely close to one another during sunrise in late March.
They'll be so cozy, in fact, that they'll be in the same field of view with some binoculars and telescopes.
April 21-22: Lyrid meteor shower
As April happens to be global astronomy month, it's particularly fitting that we should see a celebration in the sky with the Lyrid meteor shower. This first shower to peak in over three months, it will be capable of producing nearly 15 shooting stars per hour.
This explosion of light will be followed up by yet another in the early part of May, yet it is impressive in its own right.
April 30: Black moon
Unfortunately, you'll have to take our word that the black moon will be present in late April, as it is not visible even with the help of a telescope.
A black moon is otherwise known as the second new moon occurring in a month, and although it can't be spotted in the sky, this is an excellent time for stargazing, as you have no outside interference to cloud your enjoyment of Orion and the Big Dipper.
June 14: First supermoon
2022 is filled with opportunities for viewing supermoons, the first being on June 14th. A supermoon occurs when there is a full moon at an orbital position that makes it appear much closer to Earth and much larger than a normal viewing.
Get ready for the summer months to sizzle with subsequent supermoons appearing in July and August of this year.
June 24: Planetary alignment
Mercury, Venis, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are all bright enough to be seen with the naked eye, and their alignment near the end of June is a rare event that is worth seeing. Rumor has it that a crescent moon will also be in the mix, shining brightly between Mars and Venus
August 12-13: Perseid meteor shower
In great weather, the Perseids can dazzle us with nearly 100 shooting stars per hour, but rates could be cut in half this year due to their proximity to the supermoon event in August.
While some meteors will still be visible, the light from such a bright moon will no doubt wash out many of the smaller celestial bodies.
September 26: Jupiter opposition
Jupiter is an easy planet to spot with the untrained eye, and it will be even easier at the end of September. It will be situated at a point in its orbit when it is closest to Earth, making it brighter than any other time of the year.
You may even be able to see accompanying moons IO, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto if you look closely.
November 8: Total lunar eclipse
A final goodbye from the lunar eclipse cycle will take place on November 8th, yet not all of North America will be able to view the blood moon. Interestingly enough, North American residents will not be able to view another lunar eclipse in their backyard again until March of 2025, so take the opportunity if you get it.
November 11-12: Fireballs in the autumn sky
While the Northern Taurid meteor shower is normally a minor event, this one might be for the books. Every seven years or so, it's known for illuminating the sky with incredibly bright bursts of fire that last a few seconds, but they make a big impression on viewers lucky enough to behold them. 2008 and 2015 were the last years of significant activity, and we're looking to this year to fulfill yet another seven-year cycle.
December 8: Mars opposition
Earth's closest neighbor will be featured very prominently in the night sky the second half of the year, peaking in early December as it reaches opposition. On December 8th, it will shine brightly all night long and illuminate more than the brightest stars in the sky.
December 13-14: Geminid meteor shower
The Geminid meteor shower is one of the most highly anticipated showers of the year, known to produce nearly 100 meteors per hour as they streak by planet Earth.
This year, another full moon will contest all this activity, yet we can still look forward to rates of 30-40 per hour as you head out to view at dusk.