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JANUARY 2016

1/1/2016

  Last quarter moon rises around midnight tonight

1/2/2016

 

Earth at perihelion at 3 p.m. PST (about 91,404,000 miles from sun)

1/3/2016

 

Quadrantids meteor shower peaks before dawn tomorrow

1/9/2016

 

New moon rises and sets with the sun and is not visible

1/14/2016

 

Crescent moon at perigee (229,670 miles from Earth)

1/16/2016

 

First quarter moon appears in south around sunset

1/19/2016

  Waxing gibbous moon occults star Aldebaran from 5:04 p.m. to 6:12 p.m. PST

1/23/2016

  Full "Wolf" moon rises at sunset tonight

1/27/2016

  Bright planet Jupiter above waning gibbous moon late tonight

1/30/2016

  Waning gibbous moon at apogee (251,380 miles from Earth)

1/31/2016

  Last quarter moon rises around midnight tonight
 

FEBRUARY 2016

2/2/2016

 

Waning crescent moon above Saturn at dawn tomorrow

2/4/2016

 

Brilliant Venus and fainter Mercury below crescent moon at dawn tomorrow

2/8/2016

 

New moon rises and sets with the sun and is not visible

2/10/2016

 

Waxing crescent moon at perigee (226,400 miles from Earth)

2/13/2016

  First quarter moon rises in the east around noontime

2/15/2016

 

Gibbous moon occults Aldebaran from 1:05 a.m. PST tomorrow to moonset

2/22/2016

 

Full "Snow" moon rises at sunset tonight

2/23/2016

 

Bright planet Jupiter just above waning gibbous moon after dark tonight

2/26/2016

 

Waning gibbous moon at apogee (251,890 miles from Earth)

2/28/2016

 

Red planet Mars below waning gibbous moon before dawn tomorrow

 

MARCH 2016

3/1/2016

 

Last quarter moon rises around midnight tonight

3/6/2016

 

Brilliant Venus to the right of the crescent moon at dawn tomorrow

3/8/2016

 

Bright planet Jupiter at opposition; rises in the east around sunset

3/9/2016

 

Waxing crescent moon at perigee (223,390 miles from Earth)

3/13/2016

 

Daylight Saving Time begins

3/15/2016

 

First quarter moon appears due south at sunset

3/19/2016

 

Spring equinox occurs at 8:31 p.m. PDT today

3/21/2016

 

Bright planet Jupiter near waxing gibbous moon tonight at dusk

3/23/2016

 

Full "Worm" moon rises at sunset tonight

3/25/2016

 

Waning gibbous moon at apogee (252,350 miles from Earth)

3/27/2016

 

Red planet Mars near waning gibbous moon before dawn tomorrow

3/28/2016

 

Ringed planet Saturn below waning gibbous moon before dawn tomorrow

3/31/2016

 

Last quarter moon appears due south around sunrise tomorrow

 

APRIL 2016

4/5/2016

 

Thin crescent moon below and to the left of bright Venus at dawn tomorrow

4/10/2016

 

Waxing crescent moon occults star Aldebaran from 1:23 p.m. to 2:24 p.m. PDT

4/13/2016

 

First quarter moon appears in south around sunset

4/18/2016

 

Planet Mercury low in west-northwest at dusk

4/21/2016

 

Full "Pink" moon rises around sunset tonight

4/24/2016

 

Mars, Saturn and Antares below waning gibbous moon around midnight tonight

4/29/2016

 

Last quarter moon rises around midnight tonight

 

MAY 2016

5/4/2016

 

Eta Aquarid meteor shower peaks late tonight and before dawn tomorrow

5/5/2016

 

Waning crescent moon at perigee (222,340 miles from Earth)

5/8/2016

 

Mercury crosses sun's face tomorrow morning after sunrise--filter required!

5/13/2016

 

First quarter moon appears in south around sunset

5/14/2016

 

Waxing gibbous moon to right of bright planet Jupiter after dark tonight

5/15/2016

 

Bright planet Jupiter to upper right of waxing gibbous moon after dark tonight

5/18/2016

 

Waxing gibbous moon at apogee (252,240 miles from Earth)

5/20/2016

 

Full "Flower" moon rises at sunset tonight; smallest full moon of 2016

5/22/2016

 

Red planet Mars at opposition; rises in east at sunset and is visible all night

5/28/2016

 

Last quarter moon appears due south around sunrise tomorrow

5/30/2016

 

Mars closest to Earth this year (46.8 million miles away)

 

JUNE 2016

6/3/2016

 

Ringed planet Saturn at opposition; rises in east at sunset

6/4/2016

 

Planet Mercury low in east at dawn tomorrow

6/11/2016

 

Bright planet Jupiter close to nearly first quarter moon at dusk tonight

6/15/2016

 

Waxing gibbous moon at apogee (251,670 miles from Earth)

6/19/2016

 

The full "Strawberry" moon rises in the southeast around sunset tonight

6/20/2016

 

Summer Solstice occurs at 3:34 p.m. PDT today

6/26/2016

 

Last quarter moon appears due south around sunrise tomorrow

 

JULY 2016

7/4/2016

 

Earth at aphelion at 9 a.m. PDT (about 94.513, 000 miles from the sun)

7/8/2016

 

Waxing crescent moon near bright planet Jupiter tonight

7/11/2016

 

First quarter moon appears due south at sunset

7/12/2016

 

Waxing gibbous moon at apogee (251,200 miles from Earth)

7/16/2016

 

Mercury less than one degree from brilliant Venus low in west at dusk

7/17/2016

 

Full "Buck" moon rises in east around sunset

7/26/2016

 

Last quarter moon appears due south around sunrise tomorrow

7/27/2016

 

Moon at perigee (229,700 miles from Earth)

 

AUGUST 2016

8/3/2016

 

Thin crescent moon below brilliant Venus low in west at dusk

8/4/2016

 

Thin crescent moon to the left of planet Mercury low in west at dusk

8/5/2016

 

Crescent moon below bright planet Jupiter low in west at dusk

8/6/2016

 

The moon, Jupiter, Mercury and Venus align in west at dusk

8/10/2016

 

First quarter moon to upper right of Mars and Saturn in south after dark

8/11/2016

 

Perseid meteor shower peaks before dawn tomorrow

8/18/2016

 

Full "Sturgeon" moon rises in east around sunset

8/21/2016

 

Mercury, Jupiter and Venus form tight triangle low in west at dusk this week

8/22/2016

 

Waning gibbous moon at perigee (228,070 miles from Earth)

8/24/2016

 

Red planet Mars just north of reddish star Antares ("rival of Mars")

8/25/2016

 

Last quarter moon occults star Aldebaran from 9:23 a.m. - 10:29 a.m. PDT

8/27/2016

 

Bright planets Venus and Jupiter very close together low in west at dusk

 

SEPTEMBER 2016

9/1/2016

 

Thin crescent moon occults Jupiter from 1:48 p.m. to 2:48 p.m. PDT tomorrow

9/2/2016

 

Thin crescent moon near Jupiter low in west at dusk

9/3/2016

 

Thin crescent moon, Venus, Jupiter and Mercury low in west at dusk

9/6/2016

 

Waxing crescent moon at apogee (251,690 miles from Earth)

9/9/2016

 

First quarter moon appears in south around sunset

9/15/2016

 

Full "Harvest" moon rises in east around sunset

9/18/2016

 

Waning gibbous moon at perigee (224,870 miles from Earth)

9/21/2016

 

Autumnal equinox occurs at 7:21 a.m. PDT tomorrow

9/22/2016

 

Last quarter moon appears due south around sunrise tomorrow

9/27/2016

 

Thin crescent moon above planet Mercury low in east at dawn tomorrow

9/28/2016

 

Thin crescent moon just below planet Mercury low in east at dawn tomorrow

 

OCTOBER 2016

10/3/2016

 

Waxing crescent moon above brilliant Venus low in west at dusk

10/4/2016

 

Waxing crescent moon at apogee (252,340 miles from Earth)

10/8/2016

 

First quarter moon appears in south around sunset

10/14/2016

 

Planet Uranus at opposition; rises in east around sunset

10/15/2016

 

Full "Hunter's" Moon rises in east around sunset

10/16/2016

 

Waning gibbous moon at perigee (222,360 miles from Earth)

10/20/2016

 

Orionids meteor shower before dawn tomorrow

10/27/2016

 

Waning crescent moon above planet Jupiter at dawn tomorrow

10/28/2016

 

Waning crescent moon below planet Jupiter at dawn tomorrow

10/31/2016

 

Waxing crescent moon at apogee (252,690 miles from Earth)

 

NOVEMBER 2016

11/6/2016

 

Daylight Saving Time ends

11/7/2016

 

First quarter moon appears in south around sunset

11/14/2016

 

Full "Beaver" moon at perigee; closest full moon of the year (221,520 miles)

11/16/2016

 

Leonids meteor shower before dawn tomorrow

11/20/2016

 

Last quarter moon appears due south around sunrise tomorrow

11/23/2016

 

Waning crescent moon above planet Jupiter in east at dawn tomorrow

11/24/2016

 

Waning crescent moon below planet Jupiter in east at dawn tomorrow

11/27/2016

 

Waning crescent moon at apogee (252,610 miles from Earth)

 

DECEMBER 2016

12/6/2016

 

First quarter moon appears in south around sunset

12/12/2016

 

Waxing gibbous moon occults star Aldebaran from 7:00 p.m. to 8:06 p.m. PST

12/13/2016

 

Full "Cold" moon rises in northeast around sunset; Geminid meteors peak

12/20/2016

 

Winter solstice occurs at 2:44 a.m. PST tomorrow

12/21/2016

 

Waning crescent moon near planet Jupiter at dawn tomorrow

12/24/2016

 

Waning crescent moon at apogee (252,200 miles from Earth)

 

All events and times are tabulated for the western U.S. (Pacific Time)
Please make adjustments for your location and local time.
 

 
 

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