MonTANA CALENDAR OF DARK SKY-RELATED EVENTS

2022 CoViD Update: In person events are being added back to schedules as CoViD wanes. Please continue to be aware and safe and protect yourself, your family, and your community.

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March 2022
2 – New moon
4 – Big Sky Astronomy Club, monthly meeting (Kalispell)
9 – Western Montana Astronomical Association, monthly meeting (Missoula)
18 – Full Moon, The Wolf Moon
20 – Vernal Equinox
25 – Southwest Montana Astronomical Society, monthly meeting (Bozeman)
31- New Moon 

April 2022
1-30 – Global Astronomy Month
13 – Western Montana Astronomical Association, monthly meeting (Missoula)
16 – Full Moon, The Snow Moon
22-30 – International Dark Sky Week
21-22 – Lyrid Meteor Shower peaks between midnight and dawn
29 – Southwest Montana Astronomical Society, monthly meeting (Bozeman)
29 – Big Sky Astronomy Club, monthly meeting (Kalispell)
30 – New Moon

May 2022
5 – Eta Aquariid Meteor Shower peaks between midnight and dawn (April 19-May 28)
11 – Western Montana Astronomical Association, monthly meeting (Missoula)
14 – World Migratory Bird Day, 2022, Dim the Lights for Birds at Night
16 – Full Moon, The Flower Moon
TBA – Star Party, Medicine Rocks State Park, Ekalaka
27– Big Sky Astronomy Club, monthly meeting (Kalispell)
27 – Southwest Montana Astronomical Society, monthly meeting (Bozeman)
28 – Star Party, Medicine Rocks State Park, Ekalaka
30 – New Moon

 June 2022
8 – Western Montana Astronomical Association, monthly meeting (Missoula)
14 – Full Moon, The Strawberry Moon
19 – Big Sky Astronomy Club, monthly meeting (Kalispell)
TBA – Star Party, Medicine Rocks State Park, Ekalaka
21 – Summer Solstice
24 – Beyond the Big Sky Public Observing Event, Montana Learning Center
28 – New Moon 

July 2022
1 – Big Sky Astronomy Club monthly meeting (Kalispell)
TBA – Second Annual Big Sky Star Festival, Montana Learning Center
13 – Western Montana Astronomical Association, monthly meeting (Missoula)
13 – Full Moon, The Buck Moon
23 – Beyond the Big Sky Public Observing Event, Montana Learning Center
TBA – Star Party, Medicine Rocks State Park, Ekalaka
28 – New Moon
29 – Big Sky Astronomy Club, monthly meeting (Kalispell)29 – Delta Aquariid Meteor Shower, peaks between midnight and dawn  

August 2022
5 – Beyond the Big Sky Public Observing Event, Montana Learning Center
10 – Western Montana Astronomical Association, monthly meeting (Missoula)
11 – Full Moon, The Sturgeon Moon
11-12 – Perseid Meteor Shower, peaks between midnight and dawn
13-14 – Glacier National Park Star Party Float, ($675 per person) (Polebridge)
TBA – Star Party, Medicine Rocks State Park, Ekalaka 
26 – Big Sky Astronomy Club, monthly meeting (Kalispell)
27 – New Moon

September 2022
10 – Full Moon, The Harvest Moon
14 – Western Montana Astronomical Association, monthly meeting (Missoula)
22 – Autumnal Equinox
23 – Big Sky Astronomy Club, monthly meeting (Kalispell)
25 – New Moon
30 – Southwest Montana Astronomical Society, monthly meeting (Bozeman)

October 2022
9 – Full Moon, The Hunter’s Moon
8-9 – Draconid Meteor Shower best in early evening (waning gibbous moon)
12 – Western Montana Astronomical Association, monthly meeting (Missoula)
16 – Big Sky Astronomy Club, monthly meeting (Kalispell)
21-22 – Orionid Meteor Shower between midnight and dawn (after moon set)
25 – New Moon
28 – Big Sky Astronomy Club, monthly meeting (Kalispell)
28 – Southwest Montana Astronomical Society, monthly meeting (Bozeman)

November 2022
6-30 – Leonid Meteor Shower between midnight and dawn (peak 17-18)
8 – Full Moon, Beaver Moon
9 – Western Montana Astronomical Association, monthly meeting (Missoula)
TBA – International Dark Sky Global Conference
10 – South Taurids Meteor Shower between midnight and dawn (waning gibbous moon)
12 – North Taurids Meteor Shower between midnight and dawn (waning gibbous moon)
13 – Big Sky Astronomy Club, monthly meeting (Kalispell)
23 – New Moon
25 – Big Sky Astronomy Club, monthly meeting (Kalispell)
25 – Southwest Montana Astronomical Society, monthly meeting (Bozeman)

December 2022
7 – Full Moon, The Cold Moon
12-31 – Quadrantid Meteor Shower peaks between midnight and dawn (after moon set)
14 – Western Montana Astronomical Association, monthly meeting (Missoula)
14-15 – Geminid Meteor Shower between mid-evening and dawn (after moon set)
17-26 – Ursid Meteor Shower between mid-evening and dawn (after moon set)
21 – Winter Solstice
23 – New Moon
23 – Big Sky Astronomy Club monthly meeting (Kalispell)

January 2023
1-12 – Quadrantid Meteor Shower peaks between midnight and dawn (after moon set)
6 – Full Moon
11 – Western Montana Astronomical Association, monthly meeting (Missoula)
20 – Big Sky Astronomy Club, monthly meeting (Kalispell)
21 – New Moon
27 – Southwest Montana Astronomical Society, monthly meeting (Bozeman)

February 2023
5 – Full Moon
8 – Western Montana Astronomical Association, monthly meeting (Missoula)
17 – Big Sky Astronomy Club, monthly meeting (Kalispell)
20 – New Moon
24 – Southwest Montana Astronomical Society, monthly meeting (Bozeman)

 

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