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2016 CELESTIAL CALENDAR

This is an astronomy calendar of the major celestial events that take place in the year 2016. 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!!

Jan  |   Feb  |  Mar   |  Apr   |   May  |  June  |   July   |  Aug  |  Sep  |  Oct  |  Nov  |  Dec |

January

SUN
 
3
Quadrantids Meteor Shower
10
New Moon
17
24
Full Moon
31
MON
 
4
Quadrantids Meteor Shower
11
18
25
 
TUES

5

12
19
26
 
WED
6
13
20
27
 
THU
 
7
14
21
28
 
FRI
1
8
15
22
29
 
SAT
2
9
16
23
30
 

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February

SUN
 
7
14
21
28
 
MON
1
8
New Moon
15
22
Full Moon
29
 
TUES
2

9

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

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March

SUN
 
6
13
20
March Equinox. The March equinox occurs at 04:30 UTC. The Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world.
27
 
MON
 
7
14
21
28
 
TUES
1

8
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.

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

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April

SUN
3
10
17
24
 
MON
4
11
18
25
 
TUES

5

12
19
26
 
WED
 
6
13
20
27
 
THU
 
7
New Moon
14
21
Lyrids Meteor Shower
28
 
FRI
1
8
15
22
Full MoonLyrids Meteor Shower
29
 
SAT
2
9
16
23
30
 

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May

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

10

17
24
31
 
WED
4
11
18
25
 
 
THU
5
Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower
12
19
26
   
FRI
6
New MoonEta Aquarids Meteor Shower
13
20
27
   
SAT
7
14
21
Full Moon
28
   

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June

SUN
 
5
New Moon
12
19
26
 
MON
 
6
13
20
Full MoonThe Summer Solstice occurs in the northern hemisphere at 16:38 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
 
TUES
 

7

14
21
28
 
WED
1
8
15
22
29
 
THU
2
9
16
23
30
 
FRI
3
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.
10
17
24
 
 
SAT
4
11
18
25
 

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July

SUN
3
10
17
24
31
MON
4
New MoonJuno at Jupiter
11
18
25
 
TUES

5

12
19
Full Moon
26
 
WED
 
6
13
20
27
 
THU
 
7
14
21
28
Southern Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower
 
FRI
1
8
15
22
29
Southern Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower
 
SAT
2
9
16
23
30
 

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August

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

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September

SUN
 
4
11
18
25
 
MON
 
5
12
19
26
 
TUES
 
6
13
20
27
 
WED
 
7
14
21
28
 
THU
1
New MoonPartial Solar Eclipse. The partial eclipse will only be visible in southern Africa, Madagascar, and Antarctica.
8
15
22
The Autumnal Equinox occurs in the northern hemisphere at 08:20 UT. There will be equal amounts of day and night. This is also the first day of fall.
29
 
FRI
2
9
16
Full MoonTotal Lunar Eclipse. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of North and South America, Europe, Africa, and western Asia.
23
30
 
SAT
3
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.
10
17
24
 

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October

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

4

11
New  Moon
18
25
 
WED
5
12
19
26
 
THU
 
6
13
20
27
 
FRI
 
7
14
21
Orionids Meteor Shower
28
 
SAT
1
Full Moon
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
Orionids Meteor Shower
29
 

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November

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

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December

SUN
4
11
18
25
 
MON
5
12
19
26
 
TUES  

6

13
Geminids Meteor Shower
20
The Winter Solstice occurs in the northern hemisphere at 04:38 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.
27
 
WED  
7
14
Geminids Meteor Shower
21
28
 
THU
1
8
15
22
29
 
FRI
2
9
New Moon
16
23
Full Moon
30
 
SAT
3
10
17
24
31
 

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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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