14358283850_d5d0268d50_b

JANUARY

1- Comet C/2013 X1 PanSTARRS may break binocular brightness at +10thmagnitude.

4- The Quadrantid meteors peak at ~8:00UT/3:00 AM EST, with an estimated ZHR of 120 favoring North America.

9- Venus passes 5’ from Saturn at 4:00 UT/11:00 PM EST (on the 8th).

20- The 81% illuminated Moon occults Aldebaran at ~2:40UT/9:40 PM EST (on the 19th) for North America.


FEBRUARY

7- Mercury reaches 25.6 degrees western elongation at 5:00 UT/0:00 AM EST.

16- The 59% illuminated Moon occults Aldebaran at 8:05 UT/3:05 AM EST for the northern Pacific.

22- Double shadow transit (Io-Europa) occurs from 20:43-20:46 UT.

26- Double shadow transit (Io-Europa) occurs from 9:39-10:01 UT.

29- Double shadow transit (Io-Europa) occurs from 22:34-23:20 UT.


MARCH

04- Double shadow transit (Io-Europa) occurs from 11:32-12:38 UT.

08- Double shadow transit (Io-Europa) occurs from 00:28-01:56 UT.

08- Jupiter reaches opposition at 10:00 UT/5:00 AM EST.

09- A total solar eclipse spans the Pacific and SE Asia centered on 1:58 UT. The only total solar eclipse of 2016, and the final one until the 2017 total solar eclipse spanning the United States.

09- Double shadow transit (Io-Ganymede) occurs from 18:56-19:11 UT.

11- Double shadow transit (Io-Europa) occurs from 13:24-15:15 UT.

14- The 37% illuminated Moon occults Aldebaran at 14:07 UT/10:07 AM EDT for Central Asia.

15- Double shadow transit (Io-Europa) occurs from 2:21-4:34 UT.

16- Double shadow transit (Io-Ganymede) occurs from 20:51-23:05 UT.

18- Double shadow transit (Io-Europa) occurs from 15:19-17:50 UT.

20- The March northward equinox occurs at 4:30 UT, marking GEO satellite flare and eclipse season.

22- Double shadow transit (Io-Europa) occurs from 4:23-7:10 UT.

23- Double shadow transit (Io-Ganymede) occurs from 23:47-0:58 UT (on the 24th).

23- A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs, centered on the central Pacific around 11:48 UT.

25- Double shadow transit (Io-Europa) occurs from 17:41-19:26 UT.

29- Double shadow transit (Io-Europa) occurs from 7:00-8:24 UT.


APRIL

01- Double shadow transit (Io-Europa) occurs from 20:16-21:19 UT.

03- Double shadow transit (Io-Callisto) occurs from 15:09-15:49 UT.

05- Double shadow transit (Io-Europa) occurs from 9:36-10:17 UT.

06- The 1% illuminated Moon occults Venus for Europe in the daytime at ~8:31 UT.

08- Double shadow transit (Io-Europa) occurs from 22:54-23:14 UT.

10- The 17% illuminated Moon occults Aldebaran at 22:27 UT/6:27 PM EDT for eastern North America.

12- Double shadow transit (Io-Europa) occurs from 12:11-12:14 UT.

18- Mercury reaches 19.9 degrees eastern elongation at 12:00 UT/8:00 AM EDT.

21- Minimoon: the most distant Full Moon of the year occurs, reaching apogee 406,350 kilometers from Earth 13 hours after Full.


MAY

05- The Eta Aquariid meteors peak at ~20:00 UT/4:00 PM EDT with an estimated ZHR of 40 favoring SE Asia.

07- Double shadow transit (Io-Callisto) occurs from 4:38-5:44 UT.

08- The 6% illuminated Moon occults Aldebaran at 8:43 UT/4:43 AM EDT for NE Asia.

09- A transit of Mercury across the face of the Sun occurs, 7 hours and 23 minutes in central duration centered on ~14:57 UT for viewers around the Atlantic Ocean region. The only transit of the planet Mercury for this decade.

21- A Blue Moon occurs, in the sense of the 3rd in an astronomical season with four Full Moons.

22- Mars reaches opposition at 11:00 UT/7:00 AM EDT


JUNE

03- Saturn reaches opposition at 6:00 UT/2:00 AM EDT.

05- Mercury reaches 24.2 degrees western elongation at 10:00 UT/5:00 AM EDT.

20- The June northward solstice occurs at 22:34 UT. The International Space Station generally reaches a period of full illumination favoring the northern hemisphere around this time.


JULY

01- Comet C/2013 X1 PanSTARRS may reach a maximum brightness of +6thmagnitude.

02- The 5% illuminated Moon occults Aldebaran for north Africa at 4:20 UT.

09- The 27% illuminated Moon occults the planet Jupiter for the southern Indian Ocean at ~10:11 UT.

16- Mercury passes 30’ from Venus at 23:00 UT/7:00 PM EDT.

27- The farthest lunar perigee of 2016 occurs 11:26 UT/7:26 AM EDT, at 369,658 km distant.

29- The 22% illuminated Moon occults Aldebaran for Central America at ~11:16 UT.

30- Mercury passes 17’ from Regulus at 19:00 UT/3:00 PM EDT.


AUGUST

04- The 3% illuminated Moon occults Mercury for South America at ~22:11 UT.

06- The 14% illuminated Moon occults the planet Jupiter for the southern Pacific at ~3:30 UT.

06- Asteroid 120 Lachesis occults a +7.1 magnitude star for New Guiana and Eastern Australia at ~14:23 UT.

07- Double shadow transit (Io-Ganymede) occurs from 5:31-6:31 UT.

10- Closest lunar apogee of 2016 occurs at 00:06 UT, at 404,265 km distant.

12- The Perseid meteors peak at 15:30 UT/11:30 AM EST, with an estimated ZHR of 150, favoring the central Pacific.

14- Double shadow transit (Io-Ganymede) occurs from 7:30-9:38 UT.

16- Mercury reaches 27.4 degrees eastern elongation at 18:00 UT/2:00 PM EDT.

20- Asteroid 164 Eva occults a +5.3 magnitude star for northeastern Brazil at 22:41 UT.

21- Double shadow transit (Io-Ganymede) occurs from 11:29-11:34 UT.

25- The 45% illuminated Moon occults Aldebaran for the western Pacific at ~16:44 UT.

27- Asteroid 85 Io occults a +7.5 magnitude star for North America at 4:38 UT.

27- Venus passes 4’ from Jupiter at 22:00 UT/6:00 PM EDT. The closest conjunction of two naked eye planets for 2016.


SEPTEMBER

01- An annular solar eclipse spans southern Africa and the Indian Ocean, centered on ~9:08 UT.

01- The final Callisto shadow transit of the current cycle occurs at ~10:30 UT.

02- The 1% illuminated Moon occults Jupiter for Central America at ~21:55 UT.

02- Neptune reaches opposition at 16:00 UT/2:00 PM EDT.

03- Asteroid 51 Nemausa occults a +7.6 magnitude star for western United States at ~10:02 UT.

03- The 5% illuminated Moon occults the planet Venus for the Arctic at ~10:31 UT.

16- A penumbral lunar eclipse occurs, centered on the Indian Ocean around ~18:55 UT.

21- The 70% illuminated Moon occults the star Aldebaran for southwestern Asia at ~22:37 UT.

22- The September equinox occurs at 14:21 UT, also marking GEO satellite flare and eclipse season.

29- Mercury reaches 17.9 degrees western elongation at ~1:00 UT/9:00 PM EDT (on the 28th).

29- The 2% illuminated Moon occults the planet Mercury at ~10:41 UT for South America.

30- The 1% illuminated Moon occults the planet Jupiter for Canada at 16:11 UT.


OCTOBER

11- Mercury passes 51’ from Jupiter at ~9:00 UT/5:00 AM EDT.

12- Asteroid 9 Metis occults a +7.4 magnitude star for Europe at ~1:37 UT.

13- Asteroid 268 Adorea occults the bright +1.4 magnitude naked eye star Regulus for New Guiana at ~18:04 UT.The brightest star occulted by an asteroid in 2016.

15- Uranus reaches opposition at 10:00 UT/5:00 AM EDT.

16- Asteroid 7 Iris occults a +6.3 magnitude star for southern South America at 00:24 UT.

16- Supermoon 1 of 3 occurs at 23:37 UT, reaching perigee 19 hours after Full.

17- Double shadow transit (Ganymede-Europa) occurs at 20:59-22:11 UT.

19- The 83% illuminated Moon occults the star Aldebaran for North America at ~6:40 UT.

22- The Orionid meteors peak at 2:00 UT (10:00 PM EDT on the night of the 21st) with an estimated ZHR = 25 favoring Europe and Africa.

24- Double shadow transit (Ganymede-Europa) occurs at 23:34-2:06 UT (on the 25th).

30- A ‘Black Moon‘ occurs, in sense of the second New Moon in a calendar month.

31- The most distant lunar apogee of the year, at 19:30 UT and 406,659 km distant.


NOVEMBER

01- Double shadow transit (Ganymede-Europa) occurs at 3:20-4:39 UT.

08- Double shadow transit (Ganymede-Europa) occurs at 7:11-7:19 UT.

14- Supermoon 2 of 3 (Closest Full Moon of the Year) occurs, also the closest lunar perigee of 2016 at 356,511 km distant at 11:24 UT, occurring 2 hours before Full. The closest lunar perigee spanning  a period from 1990-2020.

15- The 98% illuminated Moon occults the star Aldebaran for central Asia at ~17:12 UT.


DECEMBER

11- Mercury reaches 20.8 degrees eastern elongation at 4:00 UT (11:00 PM EST on the 10th).

12- Supermoon 3 of 3 occurs at 23:28 UT, with perigee occurring 24 hours prior to Full phase.

13- The 99% illuminated Moon occults Aldebaran for North America at ~4:37 UT.

13-The Geminid meteors peak at 24:00 UT/7:00 PM EDT with an estimated ZHR of 120 favoring central Asia.

14- Asteroid 11 Parthenope occults a +7.4 magnitude star for South America at ~1:05 UT.

14- The Moon reaches its farthest northern declination for 2016 at 18.9 degrees around 21:00 UT.

18- The Moon occults the bright star Regulus ~18:38 UT for southern Australia, marking the first occultation of Regulus in a new cycle running through early 2018.

21- The December southward Solstice occurs at 10:44 UT. The International Space Station reaches a span of full illumination favoring the southern hemisphere around this time.

29- The Moon reaches its farthist southern declination for 2016, at -19.0 degrees around 02:00 UT.

Source: UniverseToday

Advertisements