A bright moon can negatively affect the visibility of meteors, but fortunately, on May 5 and May 6, a waning crescent will appear in the sky. EarthSky said.
Cloudiness may be a problem for some people in the United States who are hoping to see the meteor shower.
Around dawn on May 5, most of the United States east of the Mississippi River will see significant clouds, CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward said. Apart from some clouds in the central Rockies and the Northern Plains, the rest of the country should have a fairly clear sky, Ward added.
During peak activity, starfighters can expect to see meteors traveling at an average of 44 miles per hour, NASA said.
More meteor showers to see
Delta aquariums are best seen from the southern tropics and will peak between July 28 and 29, when the moon is 74% full.
Interestingly, the same meteor shower peaked the same night – Alpha Capricornids. Although it is a much weaker shower, it is known to produce some bright fireballs during its peak. It will be visible to everyone, no matter which side of the equator they are on.
The Perseid meteor shower, the most popular of the year, will peak between August 11 and 12 in the Northern Hemisphere, when the moon is only 13% full.
- October 8: Draconids
- October 21: Orionids
- November 4 to 5: Southern Taurides
- November 11 to 12: Northern Taurids
- November 17: Leonids
- December 13-14: Geminids
- December 22: Ursidi
Full moon in 2021
There are typical for the normal year 12 full moons in 2021. (Last year there were 13 full moons, two of which were in October.)
May 26 – Flower Moon
June 24 – Strawberry Moon
July 23 – Buck Moon
August 22 – sturgeon moon
September 20 – harvest moon
October 20 – Hunter’s Moon
November 19 – Beaver Moon
December 18 – cold moon
Here’s what else you can look forward to in 2021.
Solar and lunar eclipses
A total lunar eclipse will occur on May 26, best seen for those in Western North America and Hawaii from 4:46 a.m. to 9:51 a.m. ET.
An annular solar eclipse will occur on June 10, visible in North and Northeastern North America from 4:12 p.m. ET to 9:11 p.m. ET. The sun will not be completely blocked by the moon, so be sure to wear sunglasses to see this event safely.
On November 19, we will see a partial lunar eclipse and sky watchers in North America and Hawaii can see it between 1 a.m. ET and 7:06 a.m. ET.
And the year will end with a total solar eclipse on December 4. It will not be visible in North America, but those in the Falkland Islands, southern Africa, Antarctica and southeastern Australia will be able to spot it.
It is possible to see most of them with the naked eye, except for distant Neptune, but binoculars or a telescope will provide the best view.
Mercury will appear as a bright star in the morning sky from June 27 to July 16 and from October 18 to November 1. It shines in the night sky on May 24, August 31 to September 21 and November 29 to December 31.
Venus, our closest neighbor in the solar system, will appear west in the sky at dusk on the evening of May 24 to December 31. This is the second brightest object in our sky after the moon.
Mars appears in a reddish form in the morning sky between November 24 and December 31 and will be visible in the evening sky until August 22.
Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, is the third brightest object in our sky. It will be on display in the morning sky until August 19. Look for it in the evening from August 20 to December 31 – but it will be brightest from August 8 to September 2.
Saturn’s rings can only be seen through a telescope, but the planet itself can still be seen with the naked eye in the morning from August 1 and in the evening from August 2 to December 31. It will be brightest in the first four days of August.
Binoculars or a telescope will help you notice the green glow of Uranus in the morning from May 16 to November 3 and in the evenings from November 4 to December 31. It will be brightest between August 28 and December 31.
And our most distant neighbor in the solar system, Neptune, will be visible through a telescope in the morning until September 13 and in the evening from September 14 to December 31. The brightest will be between July 19 and November 8.