January ** February ** March
April ** May ** June
October ** November ** December
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Planets Defined --
Planet Mercury *** Planet Venus *** Planet Earth: Aphelion *** Perihelion *** Perihelion of Earth
Moon of Earth: Apogee *** Perigee *** Moon Phases: Phases of Moon Defined -- New Moon *** First Quarter *** Full Moon *** Last (or "Third") Quarter
Planet Mars *** Planet Jupiter *** Planet Saturn *** Planet Uranus *** Planet Neptune *** Dwarf Planet Pluto
* Wed., Feb. 25, 6:00 p.m. EST / 23:00 UTC - Star Aldebaran 1 degree south of the Moon; occultation: Alaska, northwestern portion of Canada, far north of Russia, Greenland, Iceland, Scandinavian countries.
* Fri., March 20, 5:36 a.m. EDT / 9:36 UTC - Moon Phase: New Moon - Lunation # 1141.
Due to lunar perigee 13.5 hours earlier, this New Moon is considered, by some, a "Super Moon," as large tides are predicted.
* Fri., March 20, 5:45:39.1 a.m. EDT / 9:45:39.1 UTC - Time of greatest eclipse for
Total Eclipse of the Sun / Total Solar Eclipse in the North Atlantic Ocean. Partial Eclipse of the Sun / Partial Solar Eclipse visible in Europe, North Africa, and western Asia.
SAFE WAY TO VIEW SOLAR ECLIPSE OR ECLIPSE OF THE SUN.
* Sat., March 21, 7:00 a.m. EDT / 11:00 UTC - Uranus 0.1 degree south of the Moon; occultation: most eastern section of Brazil, central portion of Africa, Middle East, western portion of Asia.
* Sat., March 21, 6:00 p.m. EDT / 22:00 UTC - Mars 1 degree north of the Moon; occultaltion: part of western section of Antarctica, southwestern section of South America.
* Wed., March 25, 3:00 a.m. EDT / 7:00 UTC - Star Aldebaran 0.9 degree south of the Moon; occultation: Kazakhstan, Russia, northeastern portion of Scandinavia, extreme northeastern portion of China, northern portion of Greenland, northwestern section of Canada, Alaska.
* Sat., April 4, 8:00:15.5 a.m. EDT / 12:00:15.5 UTC - Time of greatest eclipse for the
Total Eclipse of the Moon / Total Lunar Eclipse
(more details), visible in eastern Australia, eastern Siberia, Pacific Islands, most of Japan, and most of Alaska. Partial eclipse visible in much of Western North America and much of eastern Asia.
Also see: U.S. to See 4 Total Lunar Eclipses in Year & A-Half.
SPECIAL NOTE: A Lunar Eclipse or Eclipse of the Moon is the type of eclipse that is safe to look at with the naked-eye, binoculars, or a telescope.
* Tue., April 21, 1:00 p.m. EDT / 17:00 UTC - Star Aldebaran 0.9 degree south of the Moon; occultation: northwestern portion of USA, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Scandinavia, northern portion of United Kingdom, northwestern portion of Russia.
* Sun., April 26, 3:00 a.m. EDT / 7:00 UTC - Asteroid Juno 0.1 degree north of the Moon; occultation: southeastern portion of Asia, northern portion of Papua New Guinea, Micronesia, northern portion of Melanesia, French Polynesia.
* Sun., June 14, 10:00 p.m. EDT / June 15, 2:00 UTC - Mercury 0.04 degree north of the Moon; occultation: southern tip of India, Sri Lanka, most of Southeast Asia, Micronesia.
* Mon., June 15, 8:00 a.m. EDT / 12:00 UTC - Star Aldebaran 1 degree south of the Moon; occultation: northern and eastern portions of Canada, northern and central portions of Russia, northern portion of Scandinavia, Iceland, Greenland.
* Sun., July 12, 2:00 p.m. EDT / 18:00 UTC - Star Aldebaran 0.9 degree south of the Moon; occultation: northern portion of Japan, eastern section of Russia, Alaska, northern portion of Canada, Greenland, Iceland.
* Sat., July 18, 9:00 p.m. EDT / July 19, 1:00 UTC - Venus 0.4 degree north of the Moon; occultation: New Guinea, northeastern section of Australia, Melanesia, French Polynesia.
* Sat., Aug. 8, 8:00 p.m. EDT / Aug. 9, 0:00 UTC - Star Aldebaran 0.7 degree south of the Moon; occultation: Middle East, Eastern Europe, northwestern portion of Asia, Scandinavia, Russia, Alaska, northwestern portion of Canada.
* Sat., Sept. 5, 2:00 a.m. EDT / 6:00 UTC - Star Aldebaran 0.5 degree south of the Moon; occultation: eastern North America, Europe, western Russia, northwestern Asia.
* Sun., Sept. 13, 2:41 a.m. EDT / 6:41 UTC - Moon Phase: New Moon - Lunation # 1147.
* Sun., Sept. 13, 2:54:11.6 a.m. EDT / 6:54:11.6 UTC - Time of greatest eclipse during
Partial Eclipse of the Sun, visible in southern Africa, the Indian Ocean, and Antarctica.
* Sept. 13, Sunset to Sept. 15, Sunset -
Days in the Hebrew calendar begin at sunset. Although the Jewish calendar is based on the Lunar Cycle, so that the first day of each month originally began with the first sighting of a New Moon, since the Fourth Century it has been arranged so that Rosh Hashanah never falls on a Sunday, Wednesday, or Friday (although, by the Gregorian Calendar, it may look like the holiday begins on a Sunday, Wednesday, or Friday, by the Hebrew Calendar the next day actually begins at sunset).
* Sun., Sept. 13, 2:54:11.6 a.m. EDT / 6:54:11.6 UTC - Time of greatest eclipse during Partial Eclipse of the Sun, visible in southern Africa, the Indian Ocean, and Antarctica.
* Sept. 13, Sunset to Sept. 15, Sunset - Rosh Hashanah- Jewish New Year (Sunset in Pittsburgh: 7:14 p.m. EDT): Link 1 *** Link 2.
* Sun., Sept. 27, Evening - Mid-Autumn Festival / Moon Festival - A popular harvest festival celebrated by Chinese and Vietnamese people, dating back over 3,000 years to Moon worship in China's Shang Dynasty. It is celebrated on the date close to the Autumnal Equinox of the Solar Calendar, as well as close to the Harvest Moon (Within 15 days of the Autumnal Equinox, on the night of the full moon between early September to early October).
* Sun., Sept. 27, 9:07:12 p.m. to Sept. 28, 12:27:06 a.m. EDT / Sept. 28, 1:07:12 to 4:27:06 UTC - Total Eclipse of the Moon (also see NASA eclipse page) visible in the Western Hemisphere, Europe, Africa, Middle East, western Russia, extreme western Asia. This is the fourth and last Total Lunar Eclipse in a Tetrad of such eclipses. Some Christian ministers have proposed that this particular Tetrad may fulfill a "Blood Moon" Prophecy of the end of times, while others including Mike Moore, the then-General Secretary of Christian Witness to Israel (in January of 2014), discount such a prophecy.
* Sun., Sept. 27, 10:00 p.m. EDT / Sept. 28, 2:00 UTC - Moon at perigee: 356,877 kilometers.
Very large tides predicted along ocean coastlines.
* Sun., Sept. 27, 10:51 p.m. EDT / Sept. 28, 2:51 UTC - Moon Phase: Full Moon -
Largest, and closest to the Earth, Full Moon of 2015.
Some people consider the September Full Moon a so-called "Super Moon."
* Mon., Sept. 28, 9:00 p.m. EDT / Sept. 29, 1:00 UTC - Uranus 1.0 degree north of the Moon; occultation: portion of Antarctica, South Africa, southern tip of Madagascar.
* Thur., Oct. 8, 5:00 p.m. EDT / 21:00 UTC - Venus 0.7 degree north of the Moon; occultation: Australia, Melanesia, New Zealand, Antarctica: Victoria Land.
* Sun., Oct. 11, 8:00 a.m. EDT / 12:00 UTC - Mercury 0.9 degree north of the Moon; occultation: southern portion of South America, Falkland Islands, parts of Antarctica.
* Mon., Oct. 26, 6:00 a.m. EDT / 10:00 UTC - Uranus 0.9 degree north of the Moon; occultation: eastern portion of Antarctica, New Zealand, southern portion of French Polynesia.
* Thur., Oct. 29, 7:00 p.m. EDT / 23:00 UTC - Star Aldebaran 0.6 degree south of the Moon; occultation: northwestern portion of Africa, Europe, Russia, northern portion of the Middle East, northern portion of Asia.
* Thur., Nov. 26, 5:00 a.m. EST / 10:00 UTC - Star Aldebaran 0.7 degree south of the Moon; occultation: northern United States, Canada, Greenland, eastern Russia, Japan.
* Mon., Dec. 7, 12:00 Noon EST / 17:00 UTC - Venus 0.7 degree south of the Moon; occultation: North America, Central America, Caribbean Sea region.
* Sat., Dec. 19, 8:00 p.m. EST / Dec. 20, 1:00 UTC - Uranus 1.2 degrees north of the Moon; occultation: Antarctica (Peninsula), South America (southern tip), Falkland Islands.
* Wed., Dec. 23, 3:00 p.m. EST / 20:00 UTC - Star Aldebaran 0.6 degree south of the Moon; occultation: Canada Eastern coast), Africa (northwestern section), Europe, Russia, Asia (northern section).