stars seen during the Perseids meteor shower in 2016, views of a valley along the Deschutes River outside of Moopen, Oregon LC-Mark Graves

Go through the telescope and spread your neck, because we will see another year of stars

Two lunar eclipses, a good summer meteor shower and close planetary conditions highlight the star calendar 2021, who would otherwise be relatively calm

Since there are no major events like the great historical ending conjunction 2020 or the next total solar eclipse in 2024, the astronomical calendar still has a lot to offer seasoned astronomers.

The great event of 2021 will be the total super-lunar eclipse, which will be visible over the Pacific Northwest in the early hours of 26 May. Not only will the moon appear bigger in the sky, but it will turn into a red shadow when the Earth's shadow passes over it

Hopefully it will also be a good year for the Persian meteor showers in August., which will coincide with a new moon making the sky dark enough for a good show. Showers will peak 12 and 13 August, a great time of year in the northwest.


And although there is no great conjunction to look forward to this year, there will be a close conjunction between Mars and Venus on 13 July, which is a great excuse to penetrate the telescope under a clear, clear sky

The meteor showers at the start of winter won't offer much to those living in the Pacific Northwest. Regardless of potential cloud cover, the waning moon at the height of the meteor showers will make it difficult to see the meteors, who under the dark sky will be about 25 per hour. Some can be seen towards the end of the shower on 12 January

Conditions will not be ideal for the height of this year's Lyrids meteor showers, with a convex moon suspended in the sky Lyrids are known for their fast and bright meteorites, although they usually last around 20 hours per hour, some of which may be visible at the start of the meteor shower from 14 avril

A “super moon” is a term used to refer to a full moon approaching its closest approach to Earth, and she looks bigger and brighter than usual. The giant April moon will be the first of two in 2021 (some consider that the third 24 June is close to Sufficient to be considered “cool”)

Best seen from the southern tropics, Eta Aquarids generally produce 10 at 30 meteors per hour at their peak. Those in the crescent of the northern hemisphere during the peak of this year's meteor shower will allow darker skies

The landmark astronomical event for this year will be a total lunar eclipse that straddles the second “super moon” of the year. Look for the full moon to turn red when Earth's shadow passes through it.

This is not a total solar eclipse and will not be visible from the Northwest Pacific Ocean, but an annular solar eclipse – where a smaller moon only blocks part of the sun, creating an effect «ring of fire» – is visible in the northeast of the U and part of the Midwest. / p>

Summer astronomers will be able to integrate Mars and Venus into a single telescope view, appearing close to each other as the two planets are associated with a fluffy crescent moon and a clear, clear sky, it should be a great stargazing opportunity in the Pacific Northwest.

Like the Eta Aquarids, Delta Aquarids are best seen from the southern hemisphere, resulting in a light downpour in the north, most likely shrunken convex moon at its peak plunges into tiny meteors

When they reach their peak on the same two nights as the Delta Aquarids, Alpha Capricorn will be another subdued shower, thanks to the dark and bright moon.This shower is generally known for its bright and fiery balls and is evenly visible on either side of the equator

Perseids meteor shower 2016 view from a valley along the Deschutes River outside Mauben, Oregon LC-Mark Graves

The Perseids are one of the best meteor showers of the year, and it's a good show this year, with a new moon a few days before the peak of the showers under the dark sky. Normally, 50 at 75 Perseids per hour make clear summer skies and warm temperatures a reliable event

We tend to think of a “blue moon” like the second full moon that occurs in a calendar month, but the term is also used to refer to an additional full moon in a confusing season, this is the third full moon of the season, not the fourth additional full moon, who is this blue moon The year the blue moon will arrive in the last third of summer

Orionides generally produce 10 at 20 meteors per hour, although the numbers may swell up to 75 the good years This year does not seem promising, cause the full moon will drown most of the show

Leonids are debris from comet 55P / Temple Tuttle, known for their infrequent activity episodes, the most recent being in 2001 There won't be any major events in Leonids before 2099, and no good showers until about 2030, although the rain still produces peaks of about 15 meteors per hour, the peak of this year which will be flooded by a near full moon

Although technically not a total lunar eclipse, this partial eclipse will see the Earth's shadow cover 97% from the moon. The event will be visible across the U, reaching its maximum eclipse in the early hours of the morning. The moon will be close to its farthest point from Earth. , So he will look a little smaller in the sky.

Heaviest meteor shower of the year comes in the last days of autumn, with peaks reaching 120 meteors per hour. The Pacific Northwest is generally a bad place to search for geminids due to the sufficiently cloudy skies, and this year's peak will be affected by an ascending convex moon. Star watchers who want to see the pigeons should go out a few hours before dawn, or hope to be lucky in the first days of their showers, which will be active from 4 at 20 December

Eclipsed by the Geminids and the holiday season, the Ursides meteorite falls throughout the year with an activity peak of about five to 10 meteors per hour, of 17 at 26 December, observers may be able to see meteors in the late morning on peak days of the 21 december and 22, even though an almost full moon can ruin your chances.

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