Your guide to astronomical events. Every month, I will present a selection of stargazing attractions in the northern hemisphere. I want this to be inclusive, so whether or not you have a telescope, I hope you will find something interesting to observe. Times refer to UTC+1/CET, standard location is Bern, Switzerland.

Jupiter & Saturn 26 December 2020

Update 18 January 2021: A new Comet has been discovered on 3 January 2021 by Astronomer Greg Leonard. It was named C/2021 A1 (Leonard). Although the comet is still far away – currently between the orbits of Jupiter and Mars -, we should be able to see its tail later in the year. It is expected to reach Perihelion (closest approach to the sun) around 3 January 2022.

Preliminary outlook for 2021: From an astronomical point of view, and apart from the annular solar eclipse on 10 June 2021*, for the moment, 2021 doesn’t look as exciting as 2020 (remember Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) and the “Great” Conjunction” of Jupiter & Saturn on 21 Dec 2020). But a surprise discovery is always a possibility. In any case, there are fascinating celestial objects to observe on any given clear night, so here are my picks for January 2021.

Check my monthly updates of astronomical events and also the following very useful websites for more resources:
Astronomie im Internet by
Astronomical Society Bern (Astronomische Gesellschaft Bern – Die Schönheit des Kosmos gemeinsam erleben)
Stellarium Gornergrat Switzerland/Schweiz an impressive Observatory located at 3’100 m in Zermatt – in the middle of the Swiss Alps

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