If you’d like to wish on a star to have more adventures in 2024 but find yourself trapped underneath starless skies, we have the perfect solution. Round up your travel posse, get a Cruise America RV rental, and embark on an astronomy adventure.
Before You Head Out
To get the most out of your star-tastic experience, we recommend first doing the following:
Rent an RV in advance — meteor showers and eclipses are popular times for RV rentals
Download a free stargazing app on your phone
Plan on heading to a national park or Dark Sky location for the best views
Scope out this list of the best places to camp under the stars
Check out our guide to 2023 astronomy events below to pick the best time of year to venture out
A Few Words To Know
Before taking a gander at our stargazing calendar 2024, here are a few terms that will come in handy:
Meteor Shower: A celestial event in which several meteors are observed to radiate from one point in the night sky. The full calendar below has some epic meteor shower events to look forward to!
Full Moon: Not ideal for stargazing since the sky doesn’t get that dark. But it’s perfect for creating special memories such as first camping trips or watching the moon rise.
Supermoon: Occurs when a full moon is at its closest distance to the Earth, making it look brighter and larger than usual.
New Moon: Occurs when the Sun and Moon are aligned, making the moon invisible from Earth and creating a ‘moonless night’—perfect for stargazing!
Planet Sighting: These events allow you to see other planets. How cool is that!
Total Solar Eclipse: Occurs when the New Moon comes between the sun and Earth and casts the darkest part of its shadow, the umbra, on Earth.
Summer Solstice: Occurs when the sun reaches its highest position in the sky, creating the longest period of daylight.
Winter Solstice: Occurs when one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt away from the sun, creating the shortest day of daylight in the Northern hemisphere.
2024 Astronomy Calendar
3-4 Quadrantids Meteor Show
11 New Moon
12 Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation
25 Full Moon
27 Mars, Venus, and Mercury Alignment
9 New Moon
24 Full Moon
10 New Moon
20 March Equinox
24 Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
25 Full Moon and Penumbral Lunar Eclipse
April (Global Astronomy Month!)
8 New Moon and Total Solar Eclipse
22-23 Lyrids Meteor Shower
23 Full Moon
6-7 Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower
8 New Moon
9 Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation
23 Full Moon
16 Full Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse
30 New Moon
6 New Moon
20 June Solstice
22 Full Moon
5 New Moon
21 Full Moon
22 Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
28-29 Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower
4 New Moon
12-13 Perseid Meteor Shower
19 Full Moon and Blue Moon
3 New Moon
5 Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation
8 Saturn at Opposition
18 Full Moon, Supermoon, and Partial Lunar Eclipse
20 Neptune at Opposition
22 September Equinox
2 New Moon and Annular Solar Eclipse
17 Draconids Meteor Shower, Full Moon, and Supermoon
21-22 Orionids Meteor Shower
1 New Moon
4-5 Taurids Meteor Shower
15 Full Moon and Supermoon
16 Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
17 Uranus at Opposition
17-18 Leonids Meteor Shower
1 New Moon
7 Jupiter at Opposition
13-14 Geminids Meteor Shower
15 Full Moon
21 December Solstice
21-22 Ursids Meteor Shower
25 Mercury at Greatest Western Elongation
30 New Moon
To the Stars We Go
Ready for your astronomy road trip? Get your Cruise America RV reserved and ready to go today!