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