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.
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 3: Quadrantid Meteor Shower
January 28: Full Moon
February 27: Full Moon
March 28: Full Moon
April 21-22: Lyrid Meteor Shower
April 26-27: Full Supermoon
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 10: Annular Solar Eclipse (The eclipse will be visible from northern North America, Europe, and Asia.)
June 24: Full Moon
July 23: Full Moon
July 27-28: Southern Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower
August 12: Perseid Meteor Shower
August 22: Full Moon
August 31: Aurigid Meteor Shower
September 20: Full Moon
October 20: Full Moon
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 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.)