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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.

January 2016

Jan 3-4: Quadrantids meteor shower
Jan 10: Full Moon phase
Jan 24: New Moon phase

February 2016

Feb 7: Mercury at greatest Western elongation Feb 8: New Moon phase
Feb 22: Full Moon phase

March 2016

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

April 2016

Apr 7: New Moon phase
Feb 7: Mercury at greatest Eastern elongation Apr 22: Full Moon phase
Apr 22-23: Lyrid meteors

May 2016

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

June 2016

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)

July 2016

Jul 4: Juno at Jupiter
Jul 4: New Moon phase
Jul 19: Full Moon phase
Jul 28-29: Southern Delta Aquarids meteors

August 2016

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

September 2016

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

October 2016

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

November 2016

Nov 4-5: Taurids meteors
Nov 14: Full Moon phase (Supermoon)
Nov 17-18: Leonid meteors
Nov 29: New Moon phase

December 2016

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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