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Events for 2005 - Morning Sky

Every attempt has been made to be accurate with this information. Also, please note that the majority of these events are for North America. You may want to consult your local almanac to confirm these events as well as confirm dates and times.

January 4 Latest sunrise (40 North)
January 7 Latest morning twilight
January 9 Mars is 4.7 to the upper left of Antares
January 12 Mercury is 0.3 to the right of Venus
March 3 Last quarter Moon occults Antares in North and Central America
March 20 Spring begins
March 31 Gibbous Moon occults Antares in Japan and Hawaii
April 13 Neptune is 1.2 northwest of Mars
April 24 Penumbral lunar eclipse in North and South America, Australia and New Zealand
April 26 Mercury is at greatest western elongation (27)
May 15 Uranus is 1.1 northwest of Mars
May 24 Full Moon occults Antares in North America
June 14 Earliest sunrise
June 17 Earliest morning twilight
June 21 Summer begins
July 5 Earth is at aphelion - 94,512,036 miles
August 24 Mercury reaches greatest western elongation (18)
October 3 Annular eclipse of the Sun in Spain and Northern Africa
October 17 Slight lunar eclipse in North America, Japan, Australia and New Zealand
December 12 Mercury is at greatest western elongation (21)
December 25 Waning crescent Moon occults Spica


Definitions:

Aphelion = orbit is farthest from the Sun

Antares = class M1 star with a magnitude of 1.06 in the constellation Scorpio

Greatest Elongation = greatest angular distance from the Sun (only for Mercury and Venus - the inner planets) - eastern elongation for the evening and western elongation for the morning

Occult = one object passes in front of another object

Opposition = An object is opposite the Sun, i.e. the Sun appears 180 from the object of interest

Perihelion = orbit is closest to the Sun

Regulus = class B7 star with a magnitude of 1.36 in the constellation Leo

Spica = class B1 star with a magnitude of 0.98 in the constellation Virgo

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Events for 2005 - Evening Sky

For unknown terms, please see the definitions at the bottom right of this page.

January 1 Earth is at perihelion - 91,403,150 miles
January 13 Saturn is at opposition tonight
March 12 Mercury is at greatest eastern elongation (18)
April 2 Jupiter is at opposition tonight
April 8 Annular-total eclipse Southern Pacific Ocean, Central America; annular eclipse Panama, Columbia, and Venezuela
June 21 The longest day (40 north)
June 24 Latest twilight of the year
June 25 Saturn is 1.3 to the lower left of Venus and 1.5 to the lower left of Mercury
June 27 Latest sunset. Mercury and Venus are only 0.1 apart
July 8 Mercury reaches greatest eastern elongation (26)
July 22 Regulus is 1.1 to the lower left of Venus
August 7 Neptune reaches opposition tonight
August 31 Uranus reaches opposition tonight
September 1 Jupiter is 1.2 to the upper right of Venus
September 5 Spica is 1.7 to the lower left of Venus
September 22 Fall begins - 6:23 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
October 16 Antares is 1.6 to the lower left of Venus
November 3 Mercury and Venus reach greatest eastern elongation (24 and 47)
November 6 Mars is at opposition
November 9 Antares 2 to lower left of Mercury
December 4 Earliest end of evening twilight
December 7 Earliest sunset
December 21 Shortest day (40 North). Winter begins

 

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