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Calendar of Cosmic Events: 2020-2021

Check out the dates and times for astronomical events like equinoxes, solstices, meteor showers, eclipses, supermoons, and more.

Sep 17: New Moon

Couple sitting outside their camp in the mountains under a starry night sky.17Sep

A New Moon in the sky means no moonlight to hinder your view of stars and planets. Use the Interactive Night Sky Map to find out what planets are visible tonight and where.

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Oct 1: Micro Full Moon

October 2020's Hunter/ Harvest Moon is also a Micro Full Moon—it occurs when the Moon is closest to its apogee.

Oct 21/22: Orionid Meteor Shower

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The Orionids are the second meteor shower in October. The shower peaks on October 21-22 but usually remains active between October 2 and November 7. The best time to see these shooting stars is just after midnight and before the Sun rises.

Nov 15: Super New Moon

Starry night sky over the mountain city in the fog15 Nov

This New Moon takes place very close to its perigee—the point on its orbit closest to the Earth.

Nov 17/18: Leonid Meteor Shower

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The Leonids' shooting stars are visible between November 6 and 30, and peak on the night of November 17 and early morning of November 18, 2020 with up to 15 meteors per hour.

Dec 13/14: Geminid Meteors

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One of the best meteor showers of the year, the Geminids peak on the night of December 13 and early morning hours of December 14, 2020, but will be visible from December 4-16.

Dec 21/22: Ursid Meteors

Dark sky with tree silhouette and shooting stars.21 Dec

Catch the shooting stars of the last major meteor shower of the year, the Ursids, when it peaks between the night of December 21 and 22, 2020.

Astronomical Events in 2021

Jan 2: Earth's Perihelion

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At 13:50 UTC, the Earth will reach its perihelion—the point on its orbit that is closest to the Sun.

Jan 13: New Moon

Illustration of the Moon's position in space in relation to Earth and the Sun at New Moon.13Jan

The Moon will come between the Sun and the Earth, and the illuminated side of the Moon will face away from the Earth. A New Moon is almost impossible to see, even with a telescope.

March 13: New Moon

Starry night sky over the mountain city in the fog13 Mar

Dark nights a few days before and after the Moon reaches its New Moon phase at 10:21 UTC on March 13 are the best nights to do some night sky watching.

March 28: Worm Moon

A spring robin pulling out a worm.28 Mar

March 2021's Super Full Moon is also the Worm Moon, named after earthworms that tend to appear around in this time in many locations in the Northern Hemisphere.

April 27: Pink Moon

Pink wild ground phlox are a native flower to North America. 27 Apr

The Full Moon in April is sometimes known as the Pink Moon because of phlox, a pink flower, that blooms around this time in the North.

April 27: Super Full Moon

Full Moon over Denver, Colorado, US.27Apr

April's Pink Full Moon is also a Super Moon. Because the Full Moon takes place when the Moon is at its perigee, it will look a little larger than a usual Full Moon.

May 26: Super Flower Moon

Full Moon behind blooming flowers. 26 May

This year's Full Moon in May, also known as the Flower Moon after all the flowers that bloom around this time in the Northern Hemisphere, is a Super Moon. It may look bigger and brighter compared to other Full Moons.

June 21: June Solstice

People around the world converge at the Stonehenge, England to celebrate the June Solstice.21June

This solstice is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, where it is the longest day of the year.

In the Southern Hemisphere, it's the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year.

July 24: Buck Moon

White-tailed deer buck near a canola field.24 Jul

July's Full Moon is also known as Thunder Moon, Hay Moon, and Wort Moon.

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