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