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This page is dedicated to events that will occur in the future that are worth noting - such as eclipses, transits, meteor showers, planet events and so on.
 
For a complete list of events for the year 2005, click here. Present and future events can be found here.
 
The next major events.......(click the event for later dates). For viewing tips, visit the Viewing Tips page.
 
For how an eclipse occurs, click: Solar Eclipse and Lunar Eclipse.
 
Event Type Date
Meteor Shower Leonids November 14-20/17-18 (Peak)
Solar Eclipse Total March 29, 2006
Lunar Eclipse Umbral October 17, 2005
Interesting Conjunctions Mars and Saturn within 0.5 and 1 from Beehive Cluster in evening sky June 17, 2006
Transit Mercury November 8, 2006
 
As with most astronomical data charts, times are in Universal Time, or Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). To translate your time, visit the GMT website.
 
The U.S. Naval Observatory created a wonderful map that can assist in translating GMT. You can see it here (Adobe Acrobat Reader required).
 
I am in the process of designing an interactive map to provide most of this data, but in the meantime, there are some excellent resources available online.
 
For an almanac of events and visible stars, Sky and Telescope has a great tool that is customizable to your location.
 
Not sure if you will have a cloudy night? The Clear Sky Clock can be pretty accurate. And it is specific to (a limited number) your location.
 
Click for Solar Eclipse dates.
Click for Lunar Eclipse dates.
 
A Solar Eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun. The results can be quite dramatic, but the event is pretty rare in that it only occurs in small parts of the world at specific times. The three types of solar eclipse are: total, partial, and annular.
 
A great resource for tips in photographing a solar eclipse can be found here.
 
Specific information about specific times of solar eclipses can be found here for the years 2001 to 2010 and 2011 to 2020.
 
Solar Eclipse - For a Map, click here.
Date Universal Time Type
March 19, 2007 2:32 AM Partial
September 11, 2007 12:31 PM Partial
February 7, 2008 3:55 AM Annular
August 1, 2008 10:21 AM Total
January 26, 2009 7:58 AM Annular
July 22, 2009 2:35 AM Total
January 15, 2010 7:06 AM Annular
July 11, 2020 7:33 PM Total
January 4, 2011 8:50AM Partial
June 1, 2011 9:16 PM Partial
July 1, 2011 8:38 AM Partial
November 25, 2011 6:20 AM Partial
May 20, 2012 11:53 PM Annular
November 13, 2012 10:12 PM Total
May 10, 2013 12:25 AM Annular
November 3, 2013 12:46 PM Annular
April 29, 2014 6:03 AM Annular
October 23, 2014 9:44 PM Partial
March 20, 2015 9:45 AM Total
September 13, 2015 6:54 AM Partial
March 9, 2016 1:57 AM Total
September 1, 2016 9:07 AM Annular
February 26, 2017 2:53 PM Annular
August 21, 2017 6:25 PM Total
February 15, 2018 8:51 PM Partial
July 13, 2018 3:01 AM Partial
August 11, 2018 9:46 AM Partial
January 6, 2019 1:41 AM Partial
July 2, 2019 7:23 PM Total
December 26, 2019 5:17 AM Annular
June 21, 2020 6:40 AM Annular
December 14, 2020 4:13 PM Total
 
 
 
A Lunar Eclipse occurs as much as a Solar Eclipse, but for some reason does not receive as much excitement as a solar eclipse. None-the-less a lunar eclipse can be equally impressive. There are three types of a lunar eclipse: total, partial, and umbral.
 
For information specific to location, a website for eclipses in 2001 to 2010 and 2011 to 2020 are available.
 
Some tips about photographing a lunar eclipse can be found here.
 
Date Time Type
March 3, 2007 11:21 PM Total
August 28, 2007 10:37 AM Total
February 21, 2008 3:26 AM Total
August 16, 2008 9:10 PM Umbral
February 9, 2009 2:38 PM Partial
July 7, 2009 9:38 AM Partial
August 6, 2009 12:39 AM Partial
Dec 31, 2009 7:32 PM Umbral
June 26, 2010 11:38 AM Umbral
December 21, 2010 8:17 AM Total
June 15, 2011 8:12 PM Total
December 10, 2011 2:32 PM Total
August 4, 2012 11:03 AM Umbral
November 28, 2012 2:33 PM Partial
April 25, 2013 8:07 PM Umbral
May 25, 2013 4:10 AM Partial
October 18, 2013 11:50 PM Partial
April 15, 2014 7:45 AM Total
October 8, 2014 10:54 AM Total
April 4, 2015 12:00 PM Total
September 28, 2015 2:47 AM Total
March 23, 2016 11:47 AM Partial
September 16, 2016 6:54 PM Partial
February 11, 2017 12:44 AM Partial
August 7, 2017 6:20 PM Umbral
January 31, 2018 1:30 PM Total
July 27, 2018 8:22 PM Total
January 21, 2019 5:12 AM Total
July 16, 2019 9:31 PM Umbral
January 10, 2020 7:10 PM Partial
June 5, 2020 7:25 PM Partial
July 5, 2020 4:30 AM Partial
November 30, 2020 9:43 AM Partial
 
 
 
 
There are some wonderful resources available for information on the solar system. JPL has a dedicated section called Solar System Dynamics that has just about any kind of data you could ever want.
 
Want to find the best time to view the Great Red Spot on Jupiter? Sky and Telescope has a dedicated page.
 
One of the most dramatic events, and the most rare, is the transit of a planet. A transit is when a planet crosses the face of the Sun, and since we are the third planet, only Mercury and Venus can be observed by us to transit the Sun. Only one transit of Venus will occur in our lifetime, and that is on June 6, 2012. An excellent resource for Venus transit information can be found at the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand. More transit data of Mercury and Venus are available online.
 
Also of interest is a section on interesting conjunctions - great photo opportunities for photographers to capture multiple objects in a narrow field of view.
 
Click for Transit Events.
Click for Meteor Showers.
Click for Conjunction Events.
 
Date Universal Time Planet
November 8, 2006 7:19 PM Mercury
June 6, 2012 1:36 AM Venus
May 9, 2016 3:00 PM Mercury
November 11, 2019 3:22 PM Mercury
November 13, 2032 8:58 AM Mercury

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Shower Name Rate per Hour Date / Peak Date
Quantrantids 40-60 Dec. 8 - Jan. 7/ Jan. 3
Lyrids 10-15 April 16 - 25/ 22
Eta Aquarids 20-50 Apr. 21 - May 12/ May 5-6
S. Delta Aquarids 20 Jul. 14 - Aug. 18/ Jul. 28-29
Perseids 50-75 Jul. 23 - Aug. 22/ Aug. 12
Orionids 20-25 October 15-29/21-22
S. Taurids 10-15 Sep. 17 - Nov. 27/ Oct. 30 - Nov. 7
Leonids 15-80+ November 14-20/17-18
Geminids 50-85 December 6-19/13-14
Ursids 15 December 17-25/15

Of all of the meteor showers above, we know the source of the debris cloud of most of them, shown in the chart below:

Shower Name Source of debris
Lyrids Comet Thatcher 18611
Eta Aquarids Comet Halley
Perseids Comet Swift-Tuttle
Orionids Comet Halley
S. Taurids Comet Encke
Leonids Comet Temple-Tuttle
Geninids Asteroid #3200 Phaeton
Ursids Comet Tuttle

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Interesting Conjunctions

Date Details
June 25, 2005 Mercury, Venus and Saturn within 1.5
June 17, 2006 Mars and Saturn within 0.5 and 1 from Beehive Cluster in evening sky
May 19, 2007 Crescent Moon and Venus 1 apart in evening sky
June 30, 2007 Venus and Saturn 0.8 apart in evening sky
February 1, 2008 Venus and Jupiter 0.6 apart in morning sky
February 4, 2008 Venus and Jupiter 0.6 apart near a crescent Moon in morning sky
December 1, 2008 Crescent Moon, Jupiter and Venus in 3 triangle in the evening sky
February 27, 2009 Crescent Moon and Venus 2 apart in evening sky
October 13, 2009 Venus and Saturn 0.5 apart with Mercury nearby in morning sky
August 5, 2010 Venus, Mars and Saturn form a 5 triangle in evening sky
May 11, 2011 Mercury, Venus and Jupiter form a 2 long vertical line with Mars nearby in the morning sky - look east.
March 13, 2012 Venus and Jupiter 3 apart in evening sky
November 27, 2012 Venus and Saturn within 1 in the morning sky
May 28, 2013 Venus and Jupiter within 1 with Mercury nearby in the evening sky
August 18, 2014 Venus and Jupiter 0.25 apart and 1 from Beehive Cluster in morning sky
February 22, 2015 Venus and Mars 0.5 apart in evening sky
July 1, 2015 Venus and Jupiter 0.5 apart in evening sky
October 26, 2015 Venus and Jupiter 1 apart in morning sky
October 28, 2015 Venus, Mars and Jupiter form 1 triangle in morning sky
December 7, 2015 Crescent Moon and Venus 2 apart in morning star

 

 

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