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2012 CELESTIAL CALENDAR

This is an astronomy calendar of the major celestial events that take place in the year 2012. A feast to behold for the eyes. This includes the moon phases, meteor showers, eclipses, major planetary conjunctions, occultation and the like.

The events listed here can be viewed by our naked eyes and some with the help of binoculars. This would be a great guide to the night sky viewers, both amateurs and experts in the field.

Happy Viewing!!

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January

SUN
1
8
15
22
29
MON
2
9
Full Moon
16
23
New Moon
30
TUES
3
10
17
24
31
WED
4
11
18
25
THU
5
12
19
26
FRI
6
13
20
27
SAT
7
14
21
28

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February

SUN
5
12
19
26
MON
6
13
20
27
TUES

7
Full Moon

14
21
New Moon
28
WED
1
8
15
22
29
THU
2
9
16
23
FRI
3
10
17
24
SAT
4
11
18
25

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March

SUN
4
11
18
25
MON
5
12
19
26
TUES

6

13
20
The Vernal Equinox occurs in the northern hemisphere at 05:14 UT. There will be equal amounts of day and night. This is also the first day of spring.
27
WED
7
14
21
28
THU
1
8
Full Moon
15
22
New Moon
29
FRI
2
9
16
23
30
SAT
3
Mars at Opposition. The red planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun. This is the best time to view and photograph Mars.
10
17
24
31

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April

SUN
1
8
15
Saturn at Opposition. The ringed planet will be at its closest approach to Earth. This is the best time to view and photograph Saturn and its moons.
22<
29
MON
2
9
16
23
30
TUES
3

10

17
24
WED
4
11
18
25
THU
5
12
19
26
 
FRI 6
Full Moon
13
20
27
 
SAT
7
14
21
New Moon
28
 

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May

SUN
6
Full Moon
13
20
New MoonAnnular Solar Eclipse. The path of annularity will begin in southern China and move east through Japan, the northern Pacific Ocean, and into the western United States. A partial eclipse will be visible throughout parts of eastern Asia and most of North America.
27
MON
7
14
21
28
TUES
1

8

15
22
29
WED
2
9
16
23
30
THU
3
10
17
24
31
FRI 4
11
18
25
SAT
5
12
19
26

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June

SUN

3
10
17
24
MON
4
Full Moon
11
18
25
TUES
5
12
19
New Moon
26
WED
6
Transit of Venus Across the Sun. This rare event will be entirely visible throughout most of eastern Asia, eastern Australia, and Alaska. A partial transit can be seen in progress at sunrise throughout Europe, western Asia, and eastern Africa. A partial transit can be seen in progress at sunset throughout most of North America, Central America, and western South America.
13
20
The Summer Solstice occurs in the northern hemisphere at 23:09 UT. The Sun is at its highest point in the sky and it will be the longest day of the year. This is also the first day of summer.
27
THU

7
14
21
28
FRI
1
8
15
22
29
SAT
2
9
16
23
30

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July

SUN
1
8
15
22
29
MON
2
9
16
23
30
TUES
3
Full Moon

10

17
24
31
WED
4
11
18
25
THU
5
12
19
26
FRI 6
13
20
27
 
SAT
7
14
21
28
 

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August

SUN
5
12
19
26
MON
6
13
20
27
TUES

7

14
21
28
WED
1
8
15
22
29
THU
2
Full Moon
9
16
23
30
FRI
3
10
17
New Moon
24
Neptune at Opposition. The blue planet will be at its closest approach to Earth. This is the best time to view Neptune, although it will only appear as a tiny blue dot in all but the most powerful telescopes.
31
Full Moon
SAT
4
11
18
25

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September

SUN
30
Full Moon
2
9
16
New Moon
23
MON
3
10
17
24
TUES

4

11
18
25
WED
5
12
19
26
THU
6
13
20
27
FRI
7
14
21
28
SAT
1
8
15
22
The Autumnal Equinox occurs in the northern hemisphere at 14:49 UT. There will be equal amounts of day and night. This is also the first day of fall.
29
Uranus at Opposition. The blue-green planet will be at its closest approach to Earth. This is the best time to view Uranus, although it will only appear as a tiny blue-green dot in all but the most powerful telescopes.

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October

SUN
7
14
21
28
MON
1
8
15
Full Moon
22
29

New Moon
TUES
2

9

16
23
30
WED
3
10
17
24
31
THU
4
11
18
25
FRI
5
12
19
26
SAT
6
13
20
27

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November

SUN
4
11
18
25
MON
5
12
19
26
TUES

6

13
New MoonTotal Solar Eclipse. The path of totality will only be visible in parts of extreme northern Australia and the southern Pacific Ocean. A partial eclipse will be visible in most parts of eastern Australia and New Zealand.
20
27
WED
7
14
21
28
Full MoonPenumbral Lunar Eclipse. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of Europe, eastern Africa, Asia, Australia, the Pacific Ocean, and North America.
THU
1
8
15
22
29
FRI
2
9
16
23
30
SAT
3
10
17
24

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December

SUN
30
2
9
16
23
MON
31
3
Jupiter at Opposition. The giant planet will be at its closest approach to Earth. This is the best time to view  and photograph Jupiter and its moons.
10
17
24
TUES

4

11
18
25
WED
5
12
19
26
THU
6
13
New Moon
20
27
FRI
7
14
21
The Winter Solstice occurs in the northern hemisphere at 11:11 UT. The Sun is at its lowest point in the sky and it will be the shortest day of the year. This is also the first day of winter.
28

Full Moon
SAT
1
8
15
22
29

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 Legend

Full Moon
Full Moon
Planetary Event
Planetary Event
New Moon
New Moon
Occultation
Occultation
Lunar Eclipse
Lunar Eclipse
Conjunction
Conjunction
Solar Eclipse
Solar Eclipse
Meteor Shower
Meteor Shower
Solar Event
Solar Event
Comet
Comet

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