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 ------ ----- -------------------------------------------- (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|
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|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).
- More Information
- Sky Events Calendar (AstroPixels.com)
- This Week’s Sky at a Glance (Sky & Telescope)
- Heavens Above
- Cal Sky
- Star Date
- Eclipses During 2016 (EclipseWise.com)
- 2016 Transit of Mercury (EclipseWise.com)
- Additional Astronomical Events
- Solstices and Equinoxes: 2001 to 2100 (GMT)
- Perihelion and Aphelion: 2001 to 2100 (GMT)
- Phases of the Moon: 2001 to 2100 (Greenwich Mean Time)
- Full Moon at Perigee (Super Moon): 2001 to 2100 (GMT)
- More Astronomical Data (AstroPixels.com)
- Solar and Lunar Eclipses (EclipseWise.com)