Space is full of mysteries, a place with literally no end. If we suppose that it is 93 billion light years large so it expands daily with the speed of light. So it is nearly impossible to measure the universe. Below we have discussed some of the upcoming space events in 2021 that you can see with your naked eyes. Some events are common for every year but some events are unique.
Important: – All the information given below is collected from different sources so the information may not be 100 percent accurate.
10. ETA Aquariids Meteor Shower
The Meteor Shower appears every year from 19 April to 28 May. But in 2021, its peak will be from 4 May-6 May. The origin of the Meteor Shower is the Halley comet that completes its one revolution around the sun in 76 years and next time it will appear in 2061 from earth. The Meteor Shower will appear in the direction of the constellation Aquarius. The Meteor Shower is named on the brightest star of the Aquarius constellation Eta Aquarii. For people in the northern hemisphere the constellation appears in the Southern sky and for the people from South of equator in the Northern Sky. You can see up to 50 meteors per hour just you need a clear sky.
9. Super Moon
This super moon is unique because it is gonna be a pink super moon. Yes and the moon will appear on two dates on 26 April 2021 and 24 June 2021. The unique thing is that the pink moon is usually 7 percent bigger and about 15 percent brighter than the normal moon. The pink moon is actually not pink. We see it pink due to our atmosphere because the moon comes closest to earth about 356,907 km and appears to be bigger and brighter. The pink moon is known by many different names such as The Egg Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, The Fish Moon and The Paschal Moon.
8. Total Lunar Eclipse
One of the most awaited lunar eclipse is here on 26 May 2021 because according to Nasa it is a total lunar eclipse and is very rare and usually appears in 2.5 years. The Total Lunar Eclipse is also known as Blood Moons due to its reddish-orange glow. The good thing is that the Lunar Eclipse can be seen from all around the globe from South America, North America, South Asia, East of Asia, Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, and Indian Ocean and even from Antarctica.
7. Solar Eclipse (Ring of Fire)
The solar eclipse usually appears twice a year but this solar eclipse is rare and appears every 19 years. This year the solar eclipse will appear on 21 June 2021. On this event moon comes between earth and sun and covers our sun completely and we see a ring of fire around it. The event is just super amazing. The Total Solar Eclipse will be partial and people living in North America can see it easily and completely but the rest of the world will see it partially in its initial stage. It is not safe to see with naked eyes so see it only with welder’s glasses #13 and #14 for safety purposes without it can affect your eyes.
6. Mars and Mercury in Conjunction
A conjunction happens when two planets or celestial bodies come closest to each other and we can see them in literally one line through the telescope from earth. You can see the Conjunction on 18 August 2021 because the planets will be closest to each other. But you can see the Conjunction with a telescope and not from the naked eyes.
5. Saturn and Jupiter in Conjunction
On 22 August 2021 Saturn and Jupiter will be closest to each other. As the planets are the two biggest planets of our solar system so you can see it through a good telescope. One unique thing is that you can see most of the moons of both planets that you can’t see on ordinary days. But it will not be visible from all parts of the world.
4. Draconid Meteor Shower
On October 8 2021 you will see the amazing Draconid Meteor Shower with 10-15 meteors every hour. In 2012 nearly 1000 meteors per hour were recorded and it is the highest peak of Draconid Meteor Shower ever recorded. The origin of the Meteor Shower is supposed to come from the comet Gaccobini Zinner. The Meteor takes around 6.6 years to complete one revolution around the Sun.
3. Jupiter, Saturn and Venus in Conjunction
On 25 November 2021 you can see the ‘Trie of planets’ or the Conjunction of Jupiter, Saturn and Venus. This phenomenon is not common because Scientists say that it appears in many years. On this day you can see two big gas giants and the hottest planet of our solar system comes closest to each other. You can also discover the Moons of Jupiter and Saturn that you can’t see on usual days.
2. Total Solar Eclipse
On 4 December 2021 there will be the 2nd Total Lunar Eclipse of the year and the second last space event of the year. It will not be the same as the Ring of fire but it will be a partial solar eclipse all around the world except Antarctica. Yes, you can see the Total Solar Eclipse from Antarctica in the month of December.
1. Geminid Meteor Shower 13 December
On 13 December 2021 we will see the last space event of the year. It is an annual Meteor Shower and appears in the Direction of Gemini Constellation. This meteor shower is unique because it forms due to an asteroid not due to a comet. Its origin is from the 3200 Phaethon asteroid. You can see up to 120 meteors every hour.