Daniel Cunnama, Science Engagement Astronomer at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), gave Business Insider South Africa his list of highlights to keep an eye out for in the skies above South Africa in the rest of 2021.
Two major highlights are happening this February, with the Venus-Jupiter conjunction as well as the landing of NASA’s latest Mars rover, Perseverance.
Later in the year there are two super-moons to look forward to.
Here are the highlights to watch out for during the rest of 2021.
Venus-Jupiter conjunction on 11 February
South Africans and others in the Southern Hemisphere will have a good opportunity to see a close encounter between two of the brightest planets in our skies, Venus and Jupiter, in February.
The planets will appear as two dots to the naked eye and will appear close enough to be visible at the same time through a backyard telescope, according to National Geographic. The best time to see them will be about 20 to 30 minutes before sunrise when the planets rise high enough in the morning sky to observe them and just before the light of dawn drowns out your view.