The 2010’s are gone, but if you are a casual observer, and want to know what the best or most interesting celestial event will be each year, then look no further and start marking down your calendars.
Please note that this website is mainly targeting North American observers, so if it’s an event that is exclusive to other parts of the globe, then it’s not being featured.
2020 – The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn
Jupiter and Saturn will appear the closest you’ll see possibly in your lifetime! The pair will be visible at the same time through a telescope, and you’ll be able to see both Jupiter’s cloud bands and moons, plus Saturn’s rings!
2021 – Total Lunar Eclipse
This will be the first Lunar Eclipse visible over North America since 2019. However, it will not be visible from the eastern half. Since it just barely completely enters Earth’s shadow, the time it will spend in Totality won’t be more than 14 minutes before the Moon leaves, and turns white again.
2022 – “Star of Bethlehem” Conjunction
While there will be more Lunar eclipses visible for North American viewers, the honor for “most interesting” will be a close conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. Many astronomers, including yours truly, believe that the “Star of Bethlehem” was actually an even closer conjunction between the two.
2023 – Annular Solar Eclipse
As a “warm up act” to the 2024 Total Eclipse, this “Ring of Fire” eclipse will trace a path from Oregon to Texas, and then down to Central and South America. Annular Eclipses get their name because the word “annulus” is Latin for “ring.”
2024 – “Great North American” Total Solar Eclipse
This one will be a longer eclipse than the one in 2017, and will trace a path from Mexico, into Texas, all the way up to Niagara Falls and Southeastern Canada. You definitely will not want to miss out on this eclipse, so start planning your travel and location to observe!
2025 – Leonid Meteor Outburst Predicted
While not at the level of a historic “storm,” based on Mikhail Maslov’s predictions from this webpage, an outburst of hundreds of meteors per hour is predicted on this night. While there is an even stronger outburst predicted in 2022, that one doesn’t favor North American observers while the 2025 show does.
2026 – Moon Eclipses Venus (Daytime)
This is one of those events you need to be observing at the right time during the day. On June 17, you can watch a crescent Moon eclipse the bright Venus, and then see Venus reappear on the other side some time later. You’ll need a telescope to watch it.
2027 – Venus Mars Conjunction
Venus and Mars will be very close together in the sky, visible at the same time through a telescope. The only downside is the pair will not be seen in the sky for very long.
2028 – Geminids Meteor Shower
No moon interference plus reliable strong meteor shower means a great night! You could expect to see an accumulation of hundreds, possibly over a thousand meteors from sunset till sunrise.
2029 – Asteroid Apophis Close Approach
Yes… that famous asteroid that was once thought to maybe one day strike Earth (don’t worry, it won’t). On this night, the large rock will be closer than some of Earth’s satellites. It could become a naked eye object (from a rural location), and thus be an interesting target to spot in the sky!
TL;DR – oh this article is short and there’s only a couple of sentences with each listed event… you’re just being lazy!
As you can see, each year will have something big to look forward to, and that’s just the tip of the ice berg! This website does its best to promote interesting and noteworthy events in the sky. You won’t encounter any click-bait articles promoting non-events.
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