2020 ended (DEC) with a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. 2021 began (FEB 11) with a conjunction of Jupiter and Venus. Even in these days of social distancing, star gazing is distant enough. Here's a preview of some of the top astronomical events of 2021.

MARCH 9-10: Quadruple conjunction

MARCH 28: First of four supermoons

APRIL 18-25: Lyrid meteor shower

APRIL 27: Second of four supermoons 

MAY 26: Third of four supermoons; also...

MAY 26: Total lunar eclipse

JUNE 10: Annular solar eclipse

JUNE 24: Fourth of four supermoons

JULY 12: Conjunction of Venus and Mars

AUGUST 11-12: Perseid meteor shower

NOVEMBER 19: Partial lunar eclipse

DECEMBER 4: Total solar eclipse

DECEMBER 13-14: Geminid meteor shower

More details to follow as these dates approach.

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Oh.... wait... look to the skies...

The planets are really clear in the sky this morning, Mercury and Venus are hardest to see (because of the light pollution from my neighbor's light); Mars is a bit "out of true"; Jupiter and Saturn are the brightest; but, yes, they are in a nice (almost) straight line. Neat!

Jeff of Earth-J said:

PLANETARY ALLIGNMENT - JUNE 2022:

"Throughout June, sky-watchers can see Earth's five closest planetary neighbors in a row with their naked eyes. About half an hour before sunrise, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are aligned in their natural order from the sun stretching in a diagonal starting low in the east... June 24 is the best date to see the five planets. Mercury will be easier to spot as it moves away from the sun and will be up an hour before the sun rises. As a bonus, Earth's cresent moon will position itself between Venus and Mars and act as a stand-in for Earth." 

I do NOT wake up at 4 a.m., having been a night worker for most of my career -- I usually log off about midnight. So I never see Mercury anywhere but Wonder Woman comics and cartoons.

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