Events for October 2016

The following table gives the date and time of important astronomical events for October 2016. The time of each event is given in Greenwich Mean Time or GMT (a.k.a. Universal Time or UT). To convert GMT to Eastern Standard Time (EST) just subtract 5 hours. To convert GMT to other time zones, visit Time Zones. Some of the astronomical terms used in the calendar are explained in Definitions.

 Date    GMT   Astronomical Events for October 2016
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        (h:m)
Oct 01  00:12  NEW MOON 
Oct 03  17:30  Venus 5.0°S of Moon
Oct 04  11:02  Moon at Apogee: 406100 km
Oct 06  08:04  Saturn 3.8°S of Moon
Oct 09  04:33  FIRST QUARTER MOON 
Oct 13  09:43  Moon at Descending Node 
Oct 15  10     Uranus at Opposition 
Oct 16  04:23  FULL MOON 
Oct 16  23:36  Moon at Perigee: 357860 km
Oct 19  06:18  Aldebaran 0.3°S of Moon
Oct 21  05     Orionid Meteor Shower
Oct 22  19:14  LAST QUARTER MOON 
Oct 25  04:01  Regulus 1.6°N of Moon
Oct 26  01:44  Moon at Ascending Node 
Oct 26  10:56  Venus 3.0°N of Antares
Oct 27  16     Mercury at Superior Conjunction 
Oct 28  09:33  Jupiter 1.4°S of Moon
Oct 29  12     Mars at Perihelion 
Oct 30  17:38  NEW MOON 
Oct 31  19:29  Moon at Apogee: 406660 km

As the events above transpire, I will occassionally post photographs of some of them at Recent Images.

Astronomical events calendars for complete years and for eight time zones are available through the links below.

Time Zones Calendars of Astronomical Events
Greenwich Mean Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Atlantic Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Eastern Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Central Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Mountain Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Pacific Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Alaska Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Hawaii Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021

For additional years, see Calendars of Astronomical Events.

For detailed information on solar and lunar eclipses this year, see: Eclipses During 2016.

For detailed information on the transit of Mercury this year, see: 2016 Transit of Mercury.

The Calendars of Astronomical Events were all generated by a computer program I wrote (with THINK Pascal running on a Macintosh G4) using Astronomical Algorithms (Jean Meeus).

Fred Espenak



Events for September 2016

The following table gives the date and time of important astronomical events for September 2016. The time of each event is given in Greenwich Mean Time or GMT (a.k.a. Universal Time or UT). To convert GMT to Eastern Standard Time (EST) just subtract 5 hours. To convert GMT to other time zones, visit Time Zones. Some of the astronomical terms used in the calendar are explained in Definitions.

 Date    GMT   Astronomical Events for September 2016
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        (h:m)
Sep 01  09:03  NEW MOON 
Sep 01  09:07  Annular Solar Eclipse; mag=0.974
Sep 01  15:27  Moon at Ascending Node 
Sep 02  15     Neptune at Opposition 
Sep 03  10:33  Venus 1.1°S of Moon: Occultation
Sep 04  19:56  Spica 5.8°S of Moon
Sep 04  20:05  Saturn 5.9°N of Antares
Sep 06  18:44  Moon at Apogee: 405059 km
Sep 08  21:23  Saturn 3.8°S of Moon
Sep 09  11:49  FIRST QUARTER MOON 
Sep 13  00     Mercury at Inferior Conjunction 
Sep 15  23:55  Moon at Descending Node 
Sep 16  18:54  Penumbral Lunar Eclipse; mag=0.908
Sep 16  19:05  FULL MOON 
Sep 18  15:15  Venus 2.2°N of Spica
Sep 18  17:00  Moon at Perigee: 361894 km
Sep 21  22:13  Aldebaran 0.2°S of Moon
Sep 22  14:21  Autumnal Equinox 
Sep 23  09:56  LAST QUARTER MOON 
Sep 26  06     Jupiter in Conjunction with Sun 
Sep 27  22:32  Regulus 1.7°N of Moon
Sep 28  15     Mercury at Perihelion 
Sep 28  19     Mercury at Greatest Elongation: 17.9°W
Sep 28  22:06  Moon at Ascending Node 
Sep 29  10:42  Mercury 0.7°N of Moon: Occultation

As the events above transpire, I will occassionally post photographs of some of them at Recent Images.

Astronomical events calendars for complete years and for eight time zones are available through the links below.

Time Zones Calendars of Astronomical Events
Greenwich Mean Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Atlantic Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Eastern Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Central Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Mountain Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Pacific Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Alaska Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Hawaii Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021

For additional years, see Calendars of Astronomical Events.

For detailed information on solar and lunar eclipses this year, see: Eclipses During 2016.

For detailed information on the transit of Mercury this year, see: 2016 Transit of Mercury.

The Calendars of Astronomical Events were all generated by a computer program I wrote (with THINK Pascal running on a Macintosh G4) using Astronomical Algorithms (Jean Meeus).

Fred Espenak



Events for August 2016

The following table gives the date and time of important astronomical events for August 2016. The time of each event is given in Greenwich Mean Time or GMT (a.k.a. Universal Time or UT). To convert GMT to Eastern Standard Time (EST) just subtract 5 hours. To convert GMT to other time zones, visit Time Zones. Some of the astronomical terms used in the calendar are explained in Definitions.

 Date    GMT   Astronomical Events for August 2016
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        (h:m)
Aug 02  20:45  NEW MOON 
Aug 04  06:19  Venus 2.9°N of Moon
Aug 04  22:12  Mercury 0.6°N of Moon: Occultation
Aug 05  07:48  Moon at Ascending Node 
Aug 05  11:57  Venus 1.0°N of Regulus
Aug 06  03:28  Jupiter 0.2°N of Moon: Occultation
Aug 08  12:08  Spica 5.8°S of Moon
Aug 10  00:05  Moon at Apogee: 404266 km
Aug 10  18:21  FIRST QUARTER MOON 
Aug 12  12:10  Saturn 3.7°S of Moon
Aug 12  12     Perseid Meteor Shower
Aug 15  16     Mercury at Aphelion 
Aug 16  21     Mercury at Greatest Elongation: 27.4°E
Aug 18  09:27  FULL MOON 
Aug 19  14:14  Moon at Descending Node 
Aug 20  06     Mercury 3.8° of Jupiter
Aug 22  01:20  Moon at Perigee: 367047 km
Aug 24  05:09  Mars 1.8°N of Antares
Aug 25  03:41  LAST QUARTER MOON 
Aug 25  16:21  Aldebaran 0.2°S of Moon
Aug 28  20     Mercury 5.0° of Venus

As the events above transpire, I will occassionally post photographs of some of them at Recent Images.

Astronomical events calendars for complete years and for eight time zones are available through the links below.

Time Zones Calendars of Astronomical Events
Greenwich Mean Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Atlantic Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Eastern Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Central Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Mountain Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Pacific Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Alaska Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Hawaii Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021

For additional years, see Calendars of Astronomical Events.

For detailed information on solar and lunar eclipses this year, see: Eclipses During 2016.

For detailed information on the transit of Mercury this year, see: 2016 Transit of Mercury.

The Calendars of Astronomical Events were all generated by a computer program I wrote (with THINK Pascal running on a Macintosh G4) using Astronomical Algorithms (Jean Meeus).

Fred Espenak



Events for July 2016

The following table gives the date and time of important astronomical events for July 2016. The time of each event is given in Greenwich Mean Time or GMT (a.k.a. Universal Time or UT). To convert GMT to Eastern Standard Time (EST) just subtract 5 hours. To convert GMT to other time zones, visit Time Zones. Some of the astronomical terms used in the calendar are explained in Definitions.

 Date    GMT   Astronomical Events for July 2016
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        (h:m)
Jul 01  06:45  Moon at Perigee: 365983 km
Jul 02  03:58  Aldebaran 0.4°S of Moon
Jul 02  16     Mercury at Perihelion 
Jul 04  11:01  NEW MOON 
Jul 04  16     Earth at Aphelion: 1.01675 AU
Jul 07  03     Mercury at Superior Conjunction 
Jul 07  23:33  Regulus 1.8°N of Moon
Jul 09  01:41  Moon at Ascending Node 
Jul 09  10:08  Jupiter 0.9°N of Moon: Occultation
Jul 10  23     Venus at Perihelion 
Jul 12  00:52  FIRST QUARTER MOON 
Jul 12  04:13  Spica 5.6°S of Moon
Jul 13  05:24  Moon at Apogee: 404272 km
Jul 16  05:11  Saturn 3.4°S of Moon
Jul 19  22:57  FULL MOON 
Jul 23  07:49  Moon at Descending Node 
Jul 26  23:00  LAST QUARTER MOON 
Jul 27  11:25  Moon at Perigee: 369659 km
Jul 27  21     Delta-Aquarid Meteor Shower
Jul 29  10:53  Aldebaran 0.3°S of Moon
Jul 30  15:55  Mercury 0.3°N of Regulus

As the events above transpire, I will occassionally post photographs of some of them at Recent Images.

Astronomical events calendars for complete years and for eight time zones are available through the links below.

Time Zones Calendars of Astronomical Events
Greenwich Mean Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Atlantic Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Eastern Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Central Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Mountain Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Pacific Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Alaska Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Hawaii Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021

For additional years, see Calendars of Astronomical Events.

For detailed information on solar and lunar eclipses this year, see: Eclipses During 2016.

For detailed information on the transit of Mercury this year, see: 2016 Transit of Mercury.

The Calendars of Astronomical Events were all generated by a computer program I wrote (with THINK Pascal running on a Macintosh G4) using Astronomical Algorithms (Jean Meeus).

Fred Espenak



Events for June 2016

The following table gives the date and time of important astronomical events for June 2016. The time of each event is given in Greenwich Mean Time or GMT (a.k.a. Universal Time or UT). To convert GMT to Eastern Standard Time (EST) just subtract 5 hours. To convert GMT to other time zones, visit Time Zones. Some of the astronomical terms used in the calendar are explained in Definitions.

 Date    GMT   Astronomical Events for June 2016
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        (h:m)
Jun 03  06     Saturn at Opposition 
Jun 03  09:47  Mercury 0.7°N of Moon: Occultation
Jun 03  10:55  Moon at Perigee: 361142 km
Jun 05  03:00  NEW MOON 
Jun 05  09     Mercury at Greatest Elongation: 24.2°W
Jun 06  22     Venus at Superior Conjunction 
Jun 10  14:47  Regulus 2.0°N of Moon
Jun 11  19:35  Jupiter 1.5°N of Moon
Jun 11  22:20  Moon at Ascending Node 
Jun 12  08:10  FIRST QUARTER MOON 
Jun 13  10:06  Mercury 6.4°S of Pleiades
Jun 14  20:47  Spica 5.3°S of Moon
Jun 15  12:00  Moon at Apogee: 405022 km
Jun 19  00:40  Saturn 3.3°S of Moon
Jun 19  03:39  Mercury 3.7°N of Aldebaran
Jun 20  11:02  FULL MOON 
Jun 20  22:35  Summer Solstice 
Jun 26  05:28  Moon at Descending Node 
Jun 27  18:19  LAST QUARTER MOON 

As the events above transpire, I will occassionally post photographs of some of them at Recent Images.

Astronomical events calendars for complete years and for eight time zones are available through the links below.

Time Zones Calendars of Astronomical Events
Greenwich Mean Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Atlantic Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Eastern Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Central Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Mountain Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Pacific Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Alaska Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Hawaii Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021

For additional years, see Calendars of Astronomical Events.

For detailed information on solar and lunar eclipses this year, see: Eclipses During 2016.

For detailed information on the transit of Mercury this year, see: 2016 Transit of Mercury.

The Calendars of Astronomical Events were all generated by a computer program I wrote (with THINK Pascal running on a Macintosh G4) using Astronomical Algorithms (Jean Meeus).

Fred Espenak



Events for May 2016

The following table gives the date and time of important astronomical events for May 2016. The time of each event is given in Greenwich Mean Time or GMT (a.k.a. Universal Time or UT). To convert GMT to Eastern Standard Time (EST) just subtract 5 hours. To convert GMT to other time zones, visit Time Zones. Some of the astronomical terms used in the calendar are explained in Definitions.

Of special note this month is a rare transit of Mercury across the Sun’s disk on May 9.

 Date    GMT   Astronomical Events for May_ 2016
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        (h:m)
May 03  01:27  Moon at Descending Node 
May 04  19     Eta-Aquarid Meteor Shower
May 06  04:14  Moon at Perigee: 357828 km
May 06  19:30  NEW MOON 
May 08  08:21  Aldebaran 0.5°S of Moon
May 09  15     Mercury at Inferior Conjunction 
May 09  15     Transit of Mercury Across Sun 
May 13  17:02  FIRST QUARTER MOON 
May 14  07:06  Regulus 2.3°N of Moon
May 15  09:30  Jupiter 2.0°N of Moon
May 15  20:39  Moon at Ascending Node 
May 18  14:07  Spica 5.1°S of Moon
May 18  22:06  Moon at Apogee: 405934 km
May 21  21:15  FULL MOON 
May 22  11     Mars at Opposition 
May 22  21:59  Saturn 3.2°S of Moon
May 29  12:12  LAST QUARTER MOON 
May 30  04:45  Moon at Descending Node 

As the events above transpire, I will occassionally post photographs of some of them at Recent Images.

Astronomical events calendars for complete years and for eight time zones are available through the links below.

Time Zones Calendars of Astronomical Events
Greenwich Mean Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Atlantic Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Eastern Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Central Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Mountain Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Pacific Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Alaska Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Hawaii Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021

For additional years, see Calendars of Astronomical Events.

For detailed information on solar and lunar eclipses this year, see: Eclipses During 2016.

For detailed information on the transit of Mercury this year, see: 2016 Transit of Mercury.

The Calendars of Astronomical Events were all generated by a computer program I wrote (with THINK Pascal running on a Macintosh G4) using Astronomical Algorithms (Jean Meeus).

Fred Espenak



Events for April 2016

The following table gives the date and time of important astronomical events for April 2016. The time of each event is given in Greenwich Mean Time or GMT (a.k.a. Universal Time or UT). To convert GMT to Eastern Standard Time (EST) just subtract 5 hours. To convert GMT to other time zones, visit Time Zones. Some of the astronomical terms used in the calendar are explained in Definitions.

 Date    GMT   Astronomical Events for April 2016
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        (h:m)
Apr 05  17     Mercury at Perihelion 
Apr 05  17:27  Moon at Descending Node 
Apr 06  08:30  Venus 0.7°S of Moon: Occultation
Apr 07  11:24  NEW MOON 
Apr 07  17:36  Moon at Perigee: 357164 km
Apr 08  10:35  Mercury 5.2°N of Moon
Apr 09  21     Uranus in Conjunction with Sun 
Apr 10  22:05  Aldebaran 0.4°S of Moon
Apr 14  03:59  FIRST QUARTER MOON 
Apr 17  00:46  Regulus 2.5°N of Moon
Apr 18  04:42  Jupiter 2.2°N of Moon
Apr 18  14     Mercury at Greatest Elongation: 19.9°E
Apr 18  18:04  Moon at Ascending Node 
Apr 21  07:59  Spica 5.1°S of Moon
Apr 21  16:05  Moon at Apogee: 406352 km
Apr 22  05:24  FULL MOON 
Apr 22  05     Lyrid Meteor Shower
Apr 25  04:13  Mars 4.9°S of Moon
Apr 25  19:28  Saturn 3.3°S of Moon
Apr 27  13:51  Mars 4.8°N of Antares
Apr 28  08:14  Mercury 3.0°S of Pleiades
Apr 30  03:29  LAST QUARTER MOON 

As the events above transpire, I will occassionally post photographs of some of them at Recent Images.

Astronomical events calendars for complete years and for eight time zones are available through the links below.

Time Zones Calendars of Astronomical Events
Greenwich Mean Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Atlantic Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Eastern Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Central Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Mountain Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Pacific Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Alaska Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Hawaii Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021

For additional years, see Calendars of Astronomical Events.

For detailed information on solar and lunar eclipses this year, see: Eclipses During 2016.

For detailed information on the transit of Mercury this year, see: 2016 Transit of Mercury.

The Calendars of Astronomical Events were all generated by a computer program I wrote (with THINK Pascal running on a Macintosh G4) using Astronomical Algorithms (Jean Meeus).

Fred Espenak



Events for March 2016

The following table gives the date and time of important astronomical events for March 2016. The time of each event is given in Greenwich Mean Time or GMT (a.k.a. Universal Time or UT). To convert GMT to Eastern Standard Time (EST) just subtract 5 hours. To convert GMT to other time zones, visit Time Zones. Some of the astronomical terms used in the calendar are explained in Definitions.

 Date    GMT   Astronomical Events for March 2016
------  -----  --------------------------------------------
        (h:m)
Mar 01  23:11  LAST QUARTER MOON 
Mar 02  06:53  Saturn 3.6°S of Moon
Mar 07  10:54  Venus 3.5°S of Moon
Mar 08  10     Jupiter at Opposition 
Mar 09  01:54  NEW MOON 
Mar 09  01:57  Total Solar Eclipse; mag=1.045
Mar 09  06:31  Moon at Descending Node 
Mar 10  07:02  Moon at Perigee: 359509 km
Mar 14  13:44  Aldebaran 0.3°S of Moon
Mar 15  17:03  FIRST QUARTER MOON 
Mar 20  04:31  Vernal Equinox 
Mar 20  14     Venus at Aphelion 
Mar 20  19:05  Regulus 2.5°N of Moon
Mar 22  03:57  Jupiter 2.1°N of Moon
Mar 22  12:59  Moon at Ascending Node 
Mar 23  11:47  Penumbral Lunar Eclipse; mag=0.775
Mar 23  12:01  FULL MOON 
Mar 23  20     Mercury at Superior Conjunction 
Mar 25  01:50  Spica 5.1°S of Moon
Mar 25  14:16  Moon at Apogee: 406125 km
Mar 28  18:45  Mars 4.2°S of Moon
Mar 29  14:58  Saturn 3.5°S of Moon
Mar 31  15:17  LAST QUARTER MOON 

As the events above transpire, I will occassionally post photographs of some of them at Recent Images.

Astronomical events calendars for complete years and for eight time zones are available through the links below.

Time Zones Calendars of Astronomical Events
Greenwich Mean Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Atlantic Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Eastern Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Central Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Mountain Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Pacific Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Alaska Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Hawaii Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021

For additional years, see Calendars of Astronomical Events.

For detailed information on solar and lunar eclipses this year, see: Eclipses During 2016.

For detailed information on the transit of Mercury this year, see: 2016 Transit of Mercury.

The Calendars of Astronomical Events were all generated by a computer program I wrote (with THINK Pascal running on a Macintosh G4) using Astronomical Algorithms (Jean Meeus).

Fred Espenak



Total Solar Eclipses in the USA

Eleven images capture various phases of the 2001 total eclipse from start to finish. Courtesy of "MrEclipse.com".

Eleven images capture various phases of the 2001 total eclipse from start to finish. Courtesy of “MrEclipse.com“.

With interest rapidly building for the upcoming total solar eclipse in the USA on 2017 August 21, I became curious about the rarity of total eclipses in America. The very first total eclipse I witnessed was on 1970 March 7. The path of totality crossed the southeastern USA and included portions of Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Virginia and Nantucket.

Another total eclipse was visible in the USA from the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and North Dakota) on 1979 February 26. Although a total eclipse was seen on the Big Island of Hawaii on 1991 July 11, no other total eclipse is visible from the lower 48 states of the USA between 1979 and 2017 – a lapse of over 38 years!

Map 1 shows the path of all total (blue) and annular (yellow) eclipses through the continental USA from 1951 through 2000. Courtesy of "Atlas of Central Solar Eclipses in the USA".

Map 1 shows the path of all total (blue) and annular (yellow) eclipses through the continental USA from 1951 through 2000. Courtesy of “Atlas of Central Solar Eclipses in the USA“.

Map 1 shows the path of all total (and annular) eclipses through the continental USA during the last 50 years of the 20th century. Besides the 1970 and 1979 eclipses, the only other USA total eclipses during this period were on 1963 July 20 (Alaska and Maine) and 1954 June 30 (Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Michigan).

Map 2 shows all total (and annular) eclipses through the continental USA during the first 50 years of the 21st century. Looking beyond 2017, the next total eclipse through the USA is on 2024 April 8 and crosses 13 states (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine). The total eclipse of 2044 August 23 crosses Montana and North Dakota. It is followed one year later by the total eclipse of 2045 August 12, which also crosses 13 states (California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida). Although a total eclipse occurs on 2033 March 30, it is only visible from northern Alaska.

Map 2 shows the path of all total (blue) and annular (yellow) eclipses through the continental USA from 2001 through 2050. Courtesy of "Atlas of Central Solar Eclipses in the USA".

Map 2 shows the path of all total (blue) and annular (yellow) eclipses through the continental USA from 2001 through 2050. Courtesy of “Atlas of Central Solar Eclipses in the USA“.

If we only count total eclipses visible from the lower 48 states, we have 4 eclipses from 1951 to 2000, and 4 more from 2001 to 2050. Put another way, there are 8 chances to view a total eclipse from the USA in the period spanning just over a single lifetime. And that’s not even considering the fact that cloudy weather will likely hide half of them from view! Rare events indeed! And one more argument not to miss the Great American Total Eclipse of 2017.

But what if we look many centuries into the future? Does every one of the lower 48 states get a total eclipse in the next 1000 years? Map 3 shows the result of plotting the path of every total eclipse from 2001 through 3000. The country is almost completely covered by eclipse paths. Nevertheless, there are few unlucky locations that do not get a total eclipse over the next 1,000 years. Two examples include western Texas and southern New Mexico. Fear not because they will all eventually fall within the Moon’s shadow sometime. You just have to wait long enough.

Map 3 shows the path of all total eclipses through the continental USA for the next 1000 years (from 2001 through 3000). Courtesy of "Atlas of Central Solar Eclipses in the USA".

Map 3 shows the path of all total eclipses through the continental USA for the next 1000 years (from 2001 through 3000). Courtesy of “Atlas of Central Solar Eclipses in the USA“.

There is something compelling about the pattern of eclipse tracks crossing familiar places many hundreds of years in the past and future. It was this fascination that inspired me to publish a new book “Atlas of Central Solar Eclipses in the USA.”


Fred Espenak


Atlas of Central Solar Eclipses in the USA contains maps and information on every total, annular and hybrid eclipse visible from the USA (including Alaska and Hawaii) for the 2000-year period 1001 to 3000.

Atlas of Central Solar Eclipses in the USA contains maps and information on every total, annular and hybrid eclipse visible from the USA (including Alaska and Hawaii) for the 2000-year period 1001 to 3000.

					

Events for February 2016

The following table gives the date and time of important astronomical events for February 2016. The time of each event is given in Greenwich Mean Time or GMT (a.k.a. Universal Time or UT). To convert GMT to Eastern Standard Time (EST) just subtract 5 hours.
To convert GMT to other time zones, visit Time Zones. Some of the astronomical terms used in the calendar are explained in
Definitions.

 Date    GMT   Astronomical Events for February 2016
------  -----  --------------------------------------------
        (h:m)
Feb 01  03:28  LAST QUARTER MOON 
Feb 01  08:48  Mars 2.7°S of Moon
Feb 03  19:05  Saturn 3.5°S of Moon
Feb 06  07:32  Venus 4.3°S of Moon
Feb 06  16:47  Mercury 3.8°S of Moon
Feb 07  01     Mercury at Greatest Elongation: 25.6°W
Feb 08  14:39  NEW MOON 
Feb 10  20:46  Moon at Descending Node 
Feb 11  02:42  Moon at Perigee: 364358 km
Feb 13  03     Mercury 4.0° of Venus
Feb 15  07:46  FIRST QUARTER MOON 
Feb 16  07:41  Aldebaran 0.3°S of Moon
Feb 21  17     Mercury at Aphelion 
Feb 22  12:48  Regulus 2.5°N of Moon
Feb 22  18:20  FULL MOON 
Feb 24  03:58  Jupiter 1.7°N of Moon
Feb 24  06:10  Moon at Ascending Node 
Feb 26  19:05  Spica 5.1°S of Moon
Feb 27  03:28  Moon at Apogee: 405383 km
Feb 28  15     Neptune in Conjunction with Sun 
Feb 29  18:16  Mars 3.6°S of Moon

As the events above transpire, I will occassionally post photographs of some of them at Recent Images.

Astronomical events calendars for complete years and for eight time zones are available through the links below.

Time Zones Calendars of Astronomical Events
Greenwich Mean Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Atlantic Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Eastern Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Central Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Mountain Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Pacific Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Alaska Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Hawaii Standard Time 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021

For additional years, see Calendars of Astronomical Events.

For detailed information on solar and lunar eclipses this year, see: Eclipses During 2016.

For detailed information on the transit of Mercury this year, see: 2016 Transit of Mercury.

The Calendars of Astronomical Events were all generated by a computer program I wrote (with THINK Pascal running on a Macintosh G4) using Astronomical Algorithms (Jean Meeus).

Fred Espenak