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.
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."