2024 Must-See Astronomy Events Eclipses, Meteor Showers and More


Here's what to look forward to in the 2024 astronomical calendar:

Just days after the spring equinox on March 19 at 11:06 p.m. EDT, the first eclipse of the year will grace the sky, offering a celestial treat for night watchers.

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

March 25

This standout astronomical event of 2024, particularly for North America, is expected to draw millions from across the globe.

Total Solar  Eclipse

April 8

After nearly four months devoid of meteor showers, enthusiasts will be treated to two meteor showers within a fortnight.

Back-to-Back Meteor Showers


A striking alignment of celestial bodies will dominate the early summer sky. It's an event worth rising early for, even before dawn.

Conjunction of the Moon with Jupiter, Mars, and Saturn

June 29

Mid-August will see the skies light up with the Perseid meteor shower, anticipated to be the most spectacular meteor event of 2024.

Perseid Meteor Shower

August 12-13

Following the Perseids, a rare Blue Moon will emerge, adding to the year's array of unique lunar occurrences.

Blue Moon

August 19

As the hot summer nights begin to cool, Saturn will become a prominent feature in the night sky, captivating viewers with its grandeur.

Saturn at Opposition

September 8

An extraordinary combination of three popular lunar phenomena will create an unforgettable night of sky watching from the evening of September 17 to the early hours of September 18.

Super Harvest Moon Eclipse

September 17

Three months post the Saturn opposition, Jupiter will take center stage, shining at its brightest as the largest planet in our solar system.

Jupiter at Opposition

December 7

In December, with the year's longest nights, the Geminids are usually a highlight. However, the 2024 Geminid meteor shower is expected to be less impressive than usual.

Geminid Meteor Shower

December 13-14

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