2019 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 1: New Horizons spacecraft flyby of Ultima Thule (Kuiper Belt object)
Jan 4: Chang'e 4 spacecraft landing on far side of Moon (Von Karman crater)
Jan 3-4: Quadrantids meteor shower
Jan 6: New Moon phase
Jan 6: Partial solar eclipse
Jan 6: Venus at greatest Western elongation
Jan 21: Total lunar eclipse
Jan 21: Full Moon phase (Wolf Supermoon)
Jan 22: Conjunction of Venus & Jupiter before sunrise (2.4°)
Feb 4: New Moon phase
Feb 19: Full Moon phase (Snow Supermoon)
Feb 27: Mercury at greatest Eastern elongation
Mar 6: New Moon phase
Mar 20: Vernal equinox (21:58 UTC)
Mar 21: Full Moon phase (Worm Supermoon)
Apr 5: New Moon phase
Apr 11: Mercury at greatest Western elongation
Apr 19: Full Moon phase
Apr 22-23: Lyrid meteors
May 4: New Moon phase
May 6-7: Eta Aquarid meteors
May 18: Full (Blue) Moon phase
Jun 3: New Moon phase
Jun 10: Jupiter at opposition
Jun 17: Full Moon phase
Jun 21: Summer Solstice(15:54 UTC)
Jun 23: Mercury at greatest Eastern elongation
Jul 2: New Moon phase
Jul 2: Total solar eclipse
Jul 9: Saturn at opposition
Jul 16: Full Moon phase
Jul 16: Partial lunar eclipse
Jul 28-29: Delta Aquarids meteors
Aug 1: New Moon phase
Aug 9: Mercury at greatest Western elongation
Aug 12-13: Perseid meteors
Aug 15: Full Moon phase
Aug 30: New Moon phase
Sep 9: Neptune at opposition
Sep 14: Full Moon phase
Sep 23: Autumnal Equinox(07:50 UTC)
Sep 28: New Moon phase
Nov 5-6: Taurids meteors
Nov 11: Mercury transit across Sun
Nov 12: Full Moon phase
Nov 17-18: Leonid meteors
Nov 24: Conjunction of Venus & Jupiter at sunset (1.4°)
Nov 26: New Moon phase
Nov 28: Mercury at greatest Western elongation
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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