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Astronomy Calendar — Upcoming Events

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

Astronomical Events in 2021

May 26: Super Moon / 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.

Sep 7: New Moon

Couple sitting outside their camp in the mountains under a starry night sky.7Sep

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.

Oct 20: Hunter's Moon

Deer in a grassy field at dawn.20Oct

The October Full Moon is traditionally called the Hunter's Moon. The month of October is a time to start preparing for the coming winter by hunting or slaughtering animals and preserving meat.

Oct 21/22: Orionid Meteor Shower

Illustration image21 Oct

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 4: 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

Illustration image17 Nov

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.

Nov 19: Partial Lunar Eclipse

A partially eclipsed Moon in the night sky. A little over half of the Moon is covered by a reddish shade. 19 Nov

On November 19, nearly the entire Moon will plunge into the Earth's umbra, the central, dark portion of its shadow. This partial lunar eclipse will be visible from North and South America, Australia, and parts of Europe and Asia.

Dec 4: Super New Moon

Starry night sky over the mountain city in the fog4 Dec

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

Dec 13/14: Geminid Meteors

Illustration image13 Dec

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, 2021, but will be visible from December 4-20.

Dec 22/23: Ursid Meteors

Dark sky with tree silhouette and shooting stars.22 Dec

Catch the shooting stars of the last major meteor shower of the year, the Ursids, when it peaks between the night of December 22 and 23, 2021.

Astronomical Events in 2022

Jan 4: Earth's Perihelion

Diagram showing the distance between the Sun and Earth at different times of the year.4Jan

At 06:52 UTC, the Earth will reach its perihelion—the point on its orbit closest to the Sun.

Jan 17: Wolf Moon

A howling lone gray wolf in snow-covered landscape.17Jan

The first Full Moon of the year is colloquially known as Wolf Moon in many northern cultures. A Full Moon occurs when the Sun and the Moon are on opposite sides of the Earth.

March 2: New Moon

Starry night sky over the mountain city in the fog2 Mar

Dark nights a few days before and after the Moon reaches its New Moon phase at 07:17 UTC on March 18 are the best nights to do some night sky watching.

March 18: Worm Moon

A spring robin pulling out a worm.18 Mar

The Full Moon in March is traditionally called Worm Moon, after earthworms that tend to appear around in this time in many locations in the Northern Hemisphere.

Note: All times are UTC, unless otherwise stated. Convert from UTC to your local time.

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