2016 Astronomical Event Calendar
This listing gives notable astronomical events in our solar system, including eclipses, meteor showers, periodic comets, phases of the moon, and motions of the planets.
Jan 3-4: Quadrantids meteor shower
Jan 10: Full Moon phase
Jan 24: New Moon phase
Feb 7: Mercury at greatest Western elongation
Feb 8: New Moon phase
Feb 22: Full Moon phase
Mar 8: Jupiter at opposition
Mar 9: New Moon phase
Mar 9: Total solar eclipse
Mar 20: Vernal equinox (04:30 UTC)
Mar 23: Full Moon phase
Mar 23: Penumbral lunar eclipse
Apr 7: New Moon phase
Feb 7: Mercury at greatest Eastern elongation Apr 22: Full Moon phase
Apr 22-23: Lyrid meteors
May 6: New Moon phase
May 6-7: Eta Aquarid meteors
May 9: Transit of Mercury
May 14: Astronomy Day
May 21: Full Moon phase (Blue Moon)
May 22: Mars at opposition
Jun 3: Saturn at opposition
Jun 5: Mercury at greasted Western elongation
Jun 5: New Moon phase
Jun 20: Full Moon phase
Jun 20: Summer Solstice(22:34 UTC)
Jul 4: Juno at Jupiter
Jul 4: New Moon phase
Jul 19: Full Moon phase
Jul 28-29: Southern Delta Aquarids meteors
Aug 2: New Moon phase
Aug 12-13: Perseids meteors
Aug 16: Mercury at greatest Eastern elongation
Aug 18: Full Moon phase
Aug 27: Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter
Sep 1: New Moon phase
Sep 1: Annular solar eclipse
Sep 3: Neptune at opposition
Sep 16: Full Moon phase
Sep 16: Penumbral lunar eclipse
Sep 22: Autumnal equinox (14:21 UTC)
Sep 28: Mercury at greatest Western elongation
Oct 1: New Moon phase
Oct 7: Draconids meteors
Oct 15: Uranus at Opposition
Oct 16: Full Moon phase (Supermoon)
Oct 21-22: Orionids meteors
Oct 28: Conjunction of Venus, Mars, and Jupiter
Oct 30: New Moon phase
Nov 4-5: Taurids meteors
Nov 14: Full Moon phase (Supermoon)
Nov 17-18: Leonid meteors
Nov 29: New Moon phase
Dec 11: Mercury at greatest Eastern elongation
Dec 13-14: Geminid meteors
Dec 14: Full Moon phase (Supermoon)
Dec 21: Winter solstice (10:44 UTC)
Dec 21-22: Ursids meteors
Dec 29: New Moon phase
Astronomy Event Definitions:
Apogee: point in the Moon's orbit when it is farthest from Earth.
Conjunction: Occurs when two or more bodies appear close together in the sky.
Elongation: is the apparent angular separation of an object from the Sun. Greatest elongation is best for viewing as it is at it's highest point above the horizon.
Inferior conjunction: When planet Mercury or Venus pass between the Sun and the Earth.
Occultation: Passage of one object in front of a smaller one, thus obscuring all or part of the background object from view.
Opposition: When a planet farther from the Sun than Earth appears opposite the Sun in the sky. This is the best time to observe a planet as it is closet to the Earth.
Perigee: point in the Moon's orbit when it is nearest to Earth.
Stationary: Object appears motionless in the sky due to the turning point between its direct and retrograde motion.
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