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May 2021 is jam packed with astronomical events. On May 26th, the full Supermoon is occulted by the Earth’s shadow to create a Blood Moon – a phenomena known as a Total Lunar Eclipse. Before this, May shows us two meteor showers, followed by 6 lunar conjunctions the rest of the month. May 2021 signifies the beginning of the Eclipse season, so watch for a Solar Eclipse during the next New Moon! Click here for Lunar Eclipse viewing tips and more!
April 2021 brings us showers, a bit of snow, and quite an astronomical show! First, the full moon of April will be a Supermoon. This means that the Full Moon Phase and the Perigee occur very close together or on the same date – making the moon look huge! Later, the Moon will occult (completely hide) the planet Mars this month, followed by two meteor showers. Learn more about these events here!
March 2021 may bring lambs or lions, but it will definitely bring excellent astrophotography opportunities with it! Before dawn on March 9th and 10th, the planets Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn will be in conjunction with the Moon. Spring officially starts in the Northern Hemisphere on March 20th, irrespective of what a groundhog from Punxy has to say. Venus will disappear from view on March 26th as it enters a Superior Conjunction. Click here to learn ore!
2021 starts with a quiet astronomical month in January. Both Saturn and Jupiter enter solar conjunction this month and disappear behind the sun. The y-Ursae Minorids and Quandrantids meteor showers will appear near the Little Dipper this month. Lastly Mercury enters retrograde at the end of January.
Winter is Coming! in December of 2020. And with it, a beautiful solar eclipse and three meteor showers in this month’s Astronomy post. The New Moon on December 14th will give a stunning display of a Total Solar Eclipse. December 21st begins the astronomical winter in the Northern Hemisphere. 2020 ends with a bang with three different meteor showers on the 13th and 22nd. The Ursid Meteor Shower will be easy to see from the Northern Hemisphere!
After the astronomically busy Halloween, November 2020 starts off the colder months with a bang. This month’s full moon gives us a prenumbral lunar eclipse, while Jupiter, Saturn, and the Moon give us a show on the 19th. Even if the weather is cold, hopefully that means clear night skies for stargazing!
October starts with the year’s Harvest Moon, the closest full moon to the Autumn Equinox. Halloween 2020 will be illuminated with a Blue Moon, the second full moon of this month. Even if you cannot attend the usual autumn festivities in person, there are plenty of celestial celebrations to watch at night.