by Zan Vipotnik July 06, 2021 3 min read

The night sky is the perfect place to escape from your worries, fears and cares. To do this though, you need to know what not to miss out on! That's why I'm going to share all of my favorite 5 must-see events in 2021 for anyone with a love of astrology or astronomy.

Aug. 11-12: Perseid meteor shower

Every year, we have two meteor showers that are guaranteed to put on a terrific display. The Perseids, the first of these, peaks in the early hours of August 12th, although you may start watching meteors as soon as it gets dark on August 11th. They're expected to produce one per minute, but occasionally they'll give you a show-stopping fireball or exploding meteor! The moon will set at 10pm and leave the rest of the night dark so be sure not to miss out on these swift streaks of light.

Mid-September to end of 2021: The Venus show

Venus is the most dazzling planet that starts 2021 in poor fashion. This year, it start low in the southeastern dawn sky and sinks out of sight behind the sun during March and April; then reappearing again to hang at only moderate height - sliding southward as time progresses- while gradually coming nearer and brighter until finally setting before dark sky conditions become fully present. In mid-September and finally attaining its greatest brilliance towards early December as if off a springboard into evening prominence.he planet then plunges back toward the sun by January 2022 while still remaining prominent each evening during Christmas season for those who wish to witness this incredible spectacle from close up!

Nov. 19: A near-total eclipse of the moon

This eclipse will provide an excellent show for those with a view of the southern hemisphere. North America is in an excellent position to see this eclipse. It will take place at the predawn hours with all of its stages ending before moonset, so North Americans can enjoy a beautiful viewing experience from their homes without any interruption or distraction. The moon will start to pass through the shadow of Earth, but not all at once. It'll slide in and out of it, getting progressively darker as time goes on. When the eclipse is at its darkest point- when only 26% of the moon's surface will be illuminated by light from our sun— you can expect a faint copper glimmer that reminds us we're still here!

Dec. 4: Total eclipse of the sun

The upcoming final eclipse of 2021 is going to be the closest and most visible for Antarctica. The path of totality will start in the Weddell Sea before sweeping across Berkner Island, Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelves, West Antarctica's Executive Committee Range (a mountain range consisting five major volcanoes), into Ross Sea.

The eclipse will be visible fully only in Antarctica. However,  a small partial eclipse can be visible in a handful of countries, for example in parts of South Africa, Namibia and Botswana as well as Tasmania and southern sections of New South Wales or Victoria in Australia with small slices extending into Southernmost New Zealand at Stewart Island too! Visitors to these countries mentioned above should plan their trip sometime around December 11th when the moon moves between Earth and our sun effectively blocking its rays for 2 minutes and 37 seconds- an event known as totality that promises spectacular sights such as animals acting strangely with no light available at all! 

Dec. 13-14: The Geminid meteor shower

The Geminid meteor shower is set to reach its 2021 peak during the predawn hours of Dec. 14, when 60-120 meteors per hour may be seen under dark sky conditions if you're gazing eastward around 4 a.m EST on December 15th (which happens to coincide with New Year's Eve). The best way for people in North America and Western Europe will watch this event would be before midnight since there are only about two more nights until Jan 1st 2020, but unfortunately that also means they'll need an extra bit of patience because it won't get dark enough outside anytime soon due to the gibbous moon still being up at 3 am local time! 

But fortuitously, this is the best time to watch. The Gemini constellation stands nearly overhead and that's where most meteors appear from. So it'll be a show full of small but brilliant meteors leading up until their predicted maximum; then after or during peak activity people should see some dazzling fireballs too!



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