Celestial Events Calendar - Australia 2021/22

Are you a first-time stargazer, seasonal observer or an avid astrophotographer? Regardless of whether you have a telescope, binoculars or just using your eyes, our Celestial Events Calendar presents the best viewing times for key celestial events in Australia for the year 2021 and 2022. Bookmark this page for easy reference and you will never miss out again! 

2021

January
21 January  Mars close to Moon
February
6 February Venus and Saturn are very close together low in the East just before sunrise, with Jupiter even lower.
March
2 March Mars is close to the Pleiades, low in the North-West after sunset
4 March Vesta (minor planet) at opposition. It's in Leo, high and North at nignight
11 March  Mercury, Jupiter and the Moon form a nice triangle just before sunrise in the East
April
28 April Supermoon
May
6 May Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks. The origina point is not far from the thin Moon
26 May Total Lunar Eclipse and supermoon. The eclpise is visible from Eastern Australia
June
23 June Mars inside the Beehive Cluster, low in the North West after sunset
24 June Supermoon
July
18 July Pluto at opposition
29 July Delta Aquarids meteor shower peaks. Radiant is near Jupiter
August
2 August Saturn at opposition
20 August Jupiter at opposition
September
14 September Neptune at opposition
October
21 October Orionid meteor shower. Radiant is below Betelgeuse in the North East before sunrise
23 October Venus close to M19 globular cluster, low in the South West after sunset
November
5 November Uranus at opposition
18 November Leonid meteor shower. Radiant is low in the North East before sunrise
19 November Partial lunar eclipse. The Moon wil be close to the Pleiades and will rise during the eclipse so only the second half of the event will be visible.
27 November Ceres at opposition
December
12 December Perigee (point closest to Earth) of Great Comet C/2021 A1 Leonard. This will not return, and will be visible from the Southern Hemisphere. Estimates of brightness vary greatly at this early stage.
14 December Geminid meteor shower peaks. The radiant is next to the star Castor, low in the North.
18 December Mini Moon
25 December Mercury, Venus, Saturn and Jupiter all visible in evening (just at sunset)

2022

January
1 January  Moon occults Mars (visible from SE and South Central Australia)
4 January The Earth at perihelion
6 January Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter
  Mercury at highest altitude in evening sky
8 January Mercury at greatest elongation east
10 January Moon at First Quarter
18 January Full Moon
26 January Moon at Last Quarter
30 January Conjunction of the Moon and Mars
February
8 February α-Centaurid meteor shower 2022
9 February Moon at First Quarter
10 February Venus at greatest brightness
12 February Mercury at dichotomy
13 february Conjunction of Venus and Mars
17 February Full Moon
  Mercury at greatest elongation west
21 February Mercury at highest altitude in morning sky
24 February Moon at Last Quarter
27 February Conjunction of the Moon and Venus
March
March 10 Moon at first quarter
March 13 Conjunction of Venus and Mars
March 14 γ-Normid meteor shower 2022
March 16 Close approach of Venus and Mars
March 18 Full Moon
March 21 March equinox, Venus at greatest elongation in the weat
March 22 Venus at highest altitude in the morning sky
March 25 Moon at last quarter
March 28 Conjunction of the Moon, Venus, Mars and Saturn
March 30 Conjunction of Venus and Saturn
April
April 5 Conjunction of Saturn and Mars
April 9 Moon at first quarter
April 17 Full Moon
April 22 Lyrid meteor shower 2022
April 23 Moon at Last Quarter
April 24 π-Puppid meteor shower 2022
April 25 Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn
  Mercury at dichotomy
April 26 Conjunction of the Moon and Mars
April 27 Conjunction of the Moon and Venus
  Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter
April 29 Mercury at greatest elongation east
June
June 5 Saturn enters retrograde motion
June 8 Moon at First Quarter
June 10 Daytime Arietid meteor shower 2022
June 14 Full Moon
June 15 Mercury at highest altitude in morning sky
June 18 Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn
June 21 Moon at Last Quarter
  Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter
June 22 Mercury at dichotomy
June 23 Conjunction of the Moon and Mars
  Lunar occultation of Mars
June 26 Conjunction of the Moon and Venus
July
July 4 The Earth at aphelion
July 7 Moon at First Quarter
July 14 Full Moon
June 16 Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn
June 19 Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter
June 21 Moon at Last Quarter
June 22 Conjunction of the Moon and Mars
June 29 Jupiter enters retrograde motion
  Piscis Austrinid meteor shower 2022
June 30 Southern δ-Aquariid meteor shower 2022
  α-Capricornid meteor shower 2022
August
August 5 Moon at First Quarter
August 12 Full Moon
  Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn
August 19 Moon at Last Quarter
  Conjunction of the Moon and Mars
August 23 Asteroid 4 Vesta at opposition
August 24 Uranus enters retrograde motion
August 27 Mercury at greatest elongation east
August 30 Mercury at dichotomy
September
September 1 Aurigid meteor shower 2022
September 4 Moon at First Quarter
September 8 Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn
September 9 September ε-Perseid meteor shower 2022
September 10 Full Moon
September 12 Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter
September 17 Close approach of the Moon and Mars
September 18 Moon at Last Quarter
September 23 September equinox
September 27 Jupiter at opposition
  Daytime Sextantid meteor shower 2022
October
October 3 Moon at First Quarter
October 6 Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn
October 8 Mercury at dichtomy
October 9 Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter
  Mercury at highest altitude in morning sky
October 10 Full Moon
  Southern Taurid meteor shower 2022
October 11 δ-Aurigid meteor shower 2022
October 15 Conjunction of the Moon and Mars
October 18 Moon at Last Quarter
  ε-Geminid meteor shower 2022
October 21 Orionid meteor shower 2022
October 23 Saturn ends retrograde motion
October 24 Leonis Minorid meteor shower 2022
October 25 Partial solar eclipse
October 31 Mars enters retrograde motion
November
November 1 Moon at First Quarter
November 2 Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn
November 5 Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter
November 8 Total lunar eclipse
November 9 Uranus at opposition
November 12 Conjunction of the Moon and Mars
  Northern Taurid meteor shower 2022
November 17 Moon at Last Quarter
November 18 Leonid meteor shower 2022
November 22 α-Monocerotid meteor shower 2022
November 24 Jupiter ends retrograde motion
November 28 November Orionid meteor shower 2022
November 29 Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn
December
December 1 Moon at First Quarter
  Mars at perigee
December 2 Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter
  Pheonicid meteor shower 2022
December 7 Puppid-Velid meteor shower 2022
December 8 Full Moon
  Lunar occultation of Mars
  Mars at opposition
December 9 Monocerotid meteor shower 2022
December 11 Ceres at perihelion
December 12 σ-Hydrid meteor shower 2022
December 14 Geminid meteor shower 2022
December 16 Comae Berenicid meteor shower 2022
  Moon at Last Quarter
December 20 December Leonis Minorid meteor shower 2022
December 22 December solstice
December 25 Mercury at dichotomy
December 27 Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn
December 29 Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter
December 30 Moon at First Quarter