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The Almanac — Astronomical Calendar of the Sky by Month
transit of mercury
Transit of Mercury, small dot, lower left of the sun, May 9, 2016. Photograph by NASA.
 
 
January
Jan. 13,4: Quadrantids Meteor Shower
Jan. 10: Full Moon:
Jan. 24: New Moon
 
 
February
Feb. 7: Mercury at its greatest western elongation. Best time to view the planet. Mercury will be just above the horizon right before sunrise in the morning sky.
Feb. 8: New Moon
Feb. 22: Full Moon
March
Mar. 8: Jupiter at opposition (closest approach to Earth).
Mar. 9: New Moon
Mar. 9: Total Solar Eclipse
Mar. 20: Spring Equinox
Mar. 23: Full Moon
Mar. 23: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse — Moon in earth's outter shadow
April
April 7: New Moon
April 18: Mercury at greatest eastern elongation. Best time to view the planet. Mercury be at its highest point — look just above the horizon right after sunset.
April 21, 22: Lyrids meteor showers.
May
May 6: New Moon
May 5-6: Eta Aquriids Meteor Shower Peaks
May 9: Transit of Mercury across the sun (see photo above).
May 21: Full Moon — Blue Moon
May 22: Mars at opposition (closest approach to earth).
June
June 3: Saturn at opposition (closest approach to Earth).
June 5: New Moon
June 20: Summer Solstice
June 20: Ful Moon
July
July 4: New Moon
July 19: Full Moon
July 28-29: Delta Aquarids meteor shower
August
Aug. 2: New Moon
Aug. 11-12: Persieds Meteor Shower Peaks. One of the best showers of the year.
Aug 16: Mercury at greatest eastern elongation. Best time to view the planet. Mercury be at its highest point — look just above the horizon right after sunset.
Aug. 18: Full Moon
Aug. 27: Conjuntion of Venus and Jupiter in the evening sky just after sunset. The two planets will appear just 0.06 degrees apart.
September
Sept. 1: New Moon.
Sept. 1: Annular Solar Eclipse. Moon is near its farthest point from earth so its shadow won't entirely block the sun's outter ring. Partial and total eclipse only visible from parts of Africa and the Indian Ocean.
Sept. 3: Neptune at opposition — closest approach to Earth
Sept. 16: Full Moon.
Sept. 16: Penubral Lunar Eclipse. Moon passes through Earth's outter shadow, just dimming the light reflected by the Moon's surface. Visible in parts of Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.
Sept. 22: Fall Equinox.
Sept. 28: Mercury at its greatest western elongation. Best time to view the planet. Mercury will be just above the horizon right before sunrise in the morning sky.
October
Oct. 1: New Moon.
Oct. 7: Draconids Meteor Shower
Oct. 15: Uranus at opposittion — its closets approach to Earth. You will need a telescope to see it even minimally, however.
Oct. 16: Full Moon — Supermoon. The Moon will be at its closest approach to earth and may appear larger than normal.
Oct. 20-21: Orionids Meteor Shower Peaks .
Oct. 30: New Moon. 6: Venus & Jupiter in conjunction in early morning sky.
November
Nov. 4-5: Taurids Meteor Shower.
Nov. 14: Full Moon — Supermoon. The Moon will be at its closest approach to earth and may appear larger than normal.
Nov. 16-17: Leonids Meteor Shower Peaks.
Nov. 29: New Moon.
December
Dec. 11: Mercury at greatest eastern elongation. Best time to view the planet. Mercury be at its highest point — look just above the horizon right after sunset.
Dec. 13-14 Geminids Meteor Shower Peaks. Best meteor shower of the year.
DDec. 14: Full Moon — Supermoon. The Moon will be at its closest approach to earth and may appear larger than normal.
Dec. 21: Winter Solstice
Dec. 21,22: Ursids Meteor Shower.
Dec. 29: New Moon
 

 

The Almanac Index

Sun, Moon and Tides

Eclipses 2016-17

The Great American Eclipse 2017

Meteor Showers 2016

Significant Astronomical Events