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