As America’s first Gold-tier dark sky reserve, Central Idaho is an excellent place for stargazing. From anywhere in the Wood River Valley, The Milky Way is clearly visible on a clear night, along with billions of stars twinkling in the dark sky. The sky becomes alight as meteor showers sprinkle down their “shooting stars”. Even more stars are visible when stargazing on the night of a new moon.
Orionids – Peak night Oct 20-21, 2021 – Active from Sept 26 to Nov 22, 2021 – The Orionids are a medium strength shower that sometimes reaches high strength activity. In a normal year the Orionids produce 20-25 shower members at maximum. In exceptional years the peak rates can be 50-75 per hour.
New Moon – Nov 4, 202
Northern Taurids – Peak nights Nov 11-12 – Active from Oct 13 to Dec 2, 2021 – In late October and early November, there is sometimes a notable increase in the fireball activity. Much activity can be seen in the week leading to the peak nights.
Leonids – Peak nights Nov 17-18, 2021 – Active from Nov 3 to Dec 2, 2021 – Peaks of around 15 shower members per hour and perhaps an occasional weak outburst when the earth passes near a debris trail. The Leonids are often bright meteors with a high percentage of persistent trains.
New Moon – Dec 4, 2021
Geminids – Peak night Dec 13-14, 2021 – Active from Nov 19 to Dec 24, 2021 – The Geminids are usually the strongest meteor shower of the year and meteor enthusiasts are certain to circle December 13 and 14 on their calendars. This is the one major shower that provides good activity prior to midnight. The Geminids are often bright and intensely colored. Due to their medium-slow velocity, persistent trains are not usually seen.
Ursids – Peak night Dec 21-22, 2021 – Active from Dec 13 to Dec 24, 2021 – The Ursids peak just before Christmas with 5-10 per hour up to as many as 25 per hour. This shower is seen strictly in the northern hemisphere and are best seen in the late morning hours around twilight.
New Moon – Jan 2, 2022
Quadrantids – Peak night Jan 2-3, 2022 – Active from Dec 26, 2021 to Jan 16, 2022 – The Quadrantids have the potential to be the strongest shower of the year with average hourly rates one can expect under dark skies is 25, depending on weather. These meteors often produce bright fireballs.
New Moon – Jan 31, 2022
New Moon – Mar 2, 2022
New Moon – April 1, 2022
Lyrids – Peak night Apr 21-22, 2022 – Active from Apr 15 to Apr 29, 2022 – The Lyrids usually produce well for three nights centered on the maximum. These meteors usually lack persistent trains but can produce fireballs. These meteors are best seen from the northern hemisphere where the radiant is high in the sky at dawn.
New Moon – April 30, 2022
New Moon – May 30, 2022
New Moon – June 28, 2022
New Moon – July 28, 2022
Alpha Capricornids – Peak night Jul 30-31, 2022 – Active from Jul 7 to Aug 15, 2022 – The Alpha Capricornids have a “plateau-like” maximum centered around July 31. This shower is not very strong and rarely produces in excess of five shower members per hour. What is notable about this shower is the number of bright fireballs produced during its activity period.
Perseids – Peak night Aug 11-12, 2022 – Active from Jul 14 to Sept 1, 2022 – The Perseids are the most popular meteor shower as they peak on warm August nights as seen from the northern hemisphere. Normal rates seen from rural locations range from 50-75 shower members per hour at maximum.
New Moon – Aug 27, 2022
New Moon – Sept 25, 2022
New Moon – Oct 25, 2022
New Moon – Nov 23, 2022
New Moon – Dec 23, 2022