2021 Stargazing Extravaganzas

Cayen Foye, Reporter

I’ll be honest with you, I am not a fan of winter. I get cold easily and that’s about it for me. However, you do have to give it this, stars in the winter are pretty spectacular. You get good visibility as soon as eight, versus the extended time it takes in the summer for the sun to finally sink. In my stargazing expedition I’ve seen some cool stuff, but was sad to miss some of the meteor showers from January 1-2. There are a few expected showers still coming up this year though, and I’ll give you the dates and what to expect so you don’t miss out either. First up in April we have the Lyrid Meteor showers, from the 16th to the 30th. The moon is going to be 68% full, unfortunately making it a little harder to see them, which you can avoid by going out between moonset and sunrise. An early morning for sure, but these meteors are known for producing fireballs, which are as cool as they sound. The bright burning flashes are something that feels like a once in a lifetime thing, but you can see many times if you’re up to a midnight crusade. The further away showers are the Eta Aquariids from April 27 to May 28, followed by the Delta Aquariids from July 12 to Aug. 23 and more showers every month. Much more common than I used to think, yet somehow I’ve never really seen them. The key is timing, which is rather finicky. Make sure to check the weather first, as well as what time the moonsets and how bright it is, as it can block out your view. Stargazing is a fun activity – even without a fancy telescope – to do with friends, family and “Friends.” There’s nothing stopping you, so might as well as go and do it even if you end up deciding it’s not for you. For more Information on astronomical phenomena, check out the following website: