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 *** Primary Moon Phases: Primary 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
* Fri., Jan. 10, 2:21 p.m. EST / 19:21 UTC - Primary Moon Phase: Full Moon - Wolf Moon.
* Wed., Jan. 22, 9:42 p.m. EST / Jan. 23, 2:42 UTC - - Conjunction: Earth's Moon and Jupiter. The crescent Moon passes very close to Jupiter (Moon passes 0.4 degree south of Jupiter). This conjunction will be difficult to see as both objects rise shortly before Local Sunrise. Occultation to occur.
* Thur., Feb. 13, 5:00 a.m. EST / 10:00 UTC - Asteroid 3 Juno 0.6 degree south of the Moon; occultation: most of North America (not including northeastern Canada), Central America, Caribbean, northern portion of South America.
* Tue., Feb. 18, 8:17 a.m. EST / 13:17 UTC - Mars 0.8 degree south of the Moon; occultation: most of North America (not including Alaska and western Canada), most of Central America, Caribbean, northern portion of South America, southern tip of Greenland, Azores.
* Wed., Feb. 19, 3:00 p.m. EST / 20:00 UTC - Jupiter 0.9 degree north of the Moon; occultation: Antarctica, southern portion of South America.
* Thur., Feb. 20, 3:00 a.m. EST / 8:00 UTC - Dwarf Planet Pluto 0.7 degree north of the Moon; occultation: southeast portion of South America, Antarctica, Kerguelen Islands, southwestern tip of Australia.
* Wed., March 18, 4:00 a.m. EDT / 8:00 UTC - Mars 0.7 degree north of the Moon; occultation: southern portion of South America, South Georgia Island, Anarctica, Kerguelen Islands.
* Wed., March 18, 8:00 p.m. EDT / March 19, 0:00 UTC - Saturn 2 degrees north of the Moon.
* Sun., March 29, 3:00 a.m. EDT / 7:00 UTC - Asteroid 4 Vesta 0.2 degree north of the Moon; occultation: southern Indian Ocean, Indonesia, portions of Southeast Asia, Philippines, Micronesia, northern section of Polynesia (NOT including Hawaii.
* Sun., April 26, 7:00 a.m. EDT / 11:00 UTC - Asteroid 4 Vesta 0.1 degree south of the Moon; occultation: central and northeastern portions of Africa, most of the Middle East, southern portion of Kazakhstan, central and northern sections of India, China, most of Southeast Asia, Philippines, southern portion of Japan.
* Fri., June 5, 3:25:02.0 p.m. EDT / 19:25:02.0 UTC -
Time of Greatest Eclipse - Penumbral Lunar Eclipse / Penumbral Eclipse of the Moon visible in most of Europe, most of Asia, all of Africa, all of Australia, and extreme eastern portion of South America (penumbral lunar eclipse difficult to distinguish, as it makes the Moon appear only slightly dimmer than a normal Full Moon).
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All Lunar Eclipses / Eclipses of the Moon are safe to view with the naked-eyes (one-power), binoculars, or telescopes.
* Fri., June 19, 4:53 a.m. EDT / 8:53 UTC - Venus 0.7 degree south of the Moon; occultation: Azore Islands, Canary Islands, northern and eastern portions of Canada, Greenland, northwestern section of Europe, northern and central sections of Russia, northern portion of Mongolia. Look for Venus, in the evening sky, then look carefully for a very slender, waxing crescent Moon.
* Sun., June 21, 2:39:59.3 a.m. EDT / 6:39:59.3 UTC -
Time of Greatest Eclipse - Annular Solar Eclipse / Annular Eclipse of the Sun visible from a portion of Africa (including the Central African Republic, Congo, and Ethiopia), southern portion of Pakistan, southern portion of India, and China.
A Partial Solar Eclipse / Partial Eclipse of the Sun will be visible in southern and eastern sections of Europe, much of Asia, northern portion of Australia, and much of Africa, Indian Ocean, and Pacific Ocean.
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SPECIAL ALERT: Never look directly at any Solar Eclipse / Eclipse of the Sun unless you have the proper equipment and proper training to do so safely.
SOLAR ECLIPSE / ECLIPSE OF THE SUN: TIPS FOR SAFE VIEWING
* Sun., June 21, 2:41 a.m. EDT / 6:41 UTC - Primary Moon Phase: New Moon - Lunation # 1206.
* Sun., July 5, 12:44 a.m. EDT / 4:44 UTC - Primary Moon Phase: Full Moon - Buck Moon.
* Sun., Aug. 9, 4:00 a.m. EDT / 8:00 UTC - Mars 0.8 degree north of the Moon; occultation: most of the western portion of Antarctica, southeastern portion of South America, Ascension Island (British Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha in South Atlantic Ocean).
* Sat., Aug. 29, 7:00 a.m. EDT / 11:00 UTC - Dwarf Planet Pluto 1.2 degrees north of the Moon; occultation: most of western Antarctica, Queen Maud Land (Antarctic territory claimed by Norway).
* Mon., Nov. 30, 4:42:49.0 a.m. EST / 9:42:49.0 UTC -
Time of greatest eclipse for the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse / Penumbral Eclipse of the Moon - Very dimly visible in most of the Western Hemisphere,, northern Europe (not including the central continent), Australia, central and eastern Asia, weather-permitting.
A Lunar Eclipse / Eclipse of the Moon is the only category of eclipses which is safe to view with the naked-eyes (one-power), binoculars, and a telescope.
More information: Link 1 *** Link 2 *** Link 3.*** Penumbral Lunar Eclipse / Penumbral Eclipse of the Moon.