Astronomy Calendar of Celestial Events for 2021 Includes Full Moons, Meteor Showers, and Eclipses

If you are into astronomy, you have things to look forward to this year. The 2021 astronomical calendar has every full moon, meteor shower, and eclipse to enjoy.

Even though 2020 was filled with exciting astronomical events, there’s more on the horizon for 2021. This year, stargazers can look forward to meteor showers, lunar eclipses, supermoons, and even a total solar eclipse. To help you keep track of them all, we’ve created this astronomical calendar with some of 2021’s celestial highlights, thanks to information gathered from NASA, the American Meteor Society, and The Old Farmer’s Almanac.

A full “blue moon” rises next to the Empire State Building over the skyline of New York, July 31, 2015. (Photo by Gary Hershorn/Corbis via Getty Images)

Before planning your whereabouts of the stargazing, there are some basic things you should know for these events. You’ve probably have seen a lot of full moons during your life, but you might not know what a supermoon is. Supermoons happen when the full moon occurs at perigee — the point at which the moon appears closest to the Earth in its orbit. Full moons and supermoons are easy to spot wherever you are, but you might want to go somewhere with less light pollution and low buildings for the best chance of seeing shooting stars during a meteor shower.

Lunar eclipses and solar eclipses are only visible in certain parts of the world — and this year’s total solar eclipse can only be seen in Antarctica.

Below you can find the dates of every full moon (including two supermoons), two solar eclipses, two lunar eclipses, and five major meteor showers in 2021.

JEAN, NV – AUGUST 13: A Perseid meteor streaks across the sky above the “Seven Magic Mountains” art installation early on August 13, 2018 near Jean, Nevada. The annual display, known as the Perseid shower because the meteors appear to radiate from the constellation Perseus in the northeastern sky, is a result of Earth’s orbit passing through debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle. The “Seven Magic Mountains” public art installation by artist Ugo Rondinone is located south of Las Vegas near Jean Dry Lake and is made up of seven pillars of colored boulders stacked more than 30 feet high. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

2021 Astronomical Calendar

January

January 3: Quadrantid Meteor Shower

January 28: Full Moon

February

February 27: Full Moon

March

March 28: Full Moon

April

April 21-22: Lyrid Meteor Shower

April 26-27: Full Supermoon

May

May 6: Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower

May 26: Full Supermoon and Total Lunar Eclipse (The eclipse will be visible from East Asia, Australia, the Pacific, and the Americas.)

June

June 10: Annular Solar Eclipse (The eclipse will be visible from northern North America, Europe, and Asia.)

June 24: Full Moon

July

July 23: Full Moon

July 27-28: Southern Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower

August

August 12: Perseid Meteor Shower

August 22: Full Moon

August 31: Aurigid Meteor Shower

September

September 20: Full Moon

October

October 20: Full Moon

November

November 19: Full Moon and Partial Lunar Eclipse (The eclipse will be visible from the Americas, northern Europe, East Asia, Australia, and the Pacific.)

December

December 4: Total Solar Eclipse (The eclipse will be visible from Antarctica, southern Africa, and the southern Atlantic. The total phase of the eclipse will only be visible in Antarctica, and some cruise lines are offering special itineraries that put guests in a prime viewing location.)

Photographer Captures Once-in-lifetime Shot of the Moon Disguised as Saturn

An incredible image of the moon looking like Saturn has been captured by a lucky photographer in Guatemala.

From the perspective of the Acatenango volcano base camp rings of clouds disguised our closest neighbor as the famous ringed planet. The majestic shot was captured by photographer Francisco Sojuel. He hiked for six hours to get above the Acatenango base camp to get the perfect view and the once-in-a-lifetime shot.

In the early morning, just before sunrise, Sojuel looked up and saw the mesmerizing Moon surrounded by a ring of clouds, which made it look like it was dressed up like Saturn.

The great silhouette of Pacaya volcano and the Guatemalan highlands fill out the lower portion of the image and add the drama. According to the photographer, the cloud is actually a cirrostratus cloud made of ice crystals.

When seen from certain angles it looks like they’ve created halos around the moon. Given that there’s no real halo around this Moon and the texture of the cloud is a bit fluffy, it might be a cirrostratus fibratus or a cirrus spissatus cloud. These are both denser and are often formed by strong winds.

Sojuel is known for his amazing landscape photography also for his astrophotography as well. Scroll down below to see some of his astonishing shots.

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