Celestial Events

2018 Celestial Events Calendar

The following notes special astronomy dates with celestial events that are worth checking-out; full Moon’s, conjunctions, meteor showers, etc. The time describes when the event is best viewed from Hamilton. Please also see the Club Event Calendar for general meetings and public outreach events.

January

  • 1, Super Moon
  • 3, Quadrantids
  • 3, Perihelion 0:35am
  • 3, Moon 4.5° Beehive 8pm
  • 5, Moon 0.2° Regulus 2:38am
  • 7, Mars 0.25° Jupiter 6am
  • 8, Last Quarter
  • 11, Moon, Mars, Jupiter 5am
  • 13, Mercury 0.7° Saturn 7am
  • 16, New Moon
  • 24, First Quarter
  • 27, Moon 2.5° Aldebaran 2am
  • 31, Moon 2.1° Beehive 2:15am
  • 31, Umbral Eclipse 80% @ Moonset
  • 31, 2nd Super Moon

February

  • 1, Moon 4.2° Regulus 8pm
  • 7, Last Quarter
  • 9, Moon 3.7° Mars 4am
  • 11, Moon 2.5° Saturn 6am
  • 15, New Moon
  • 23, Moon 3.5° Aldebaran 7pm
  • 23, First Quarter
  • 24, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn 6am

March

  • 1, Moon 0.1° Regulus 1, 10am
  • 1, Full Moon
  • 4, Mercury 0.9° Venus 6:45pm
  • 7, Moon 2.9° Jupiter 5am
  • 9, Last Quarter
  • 10, Moon, Mars, Saturn 5am
  • 10, Mercury, Venus 7pm
  • 11, Daylight Saving Time Starts
  • 15, Mercury Best Evening View
  • 17, New Moon
  • 18, Moon, Venus, Mercury 7:45pm
  • 19, Mercury 3.7° Venus 8pm
  • 20, Vernal Equinox 12:15pm
  • 22, Moon 0.2° Aldebaran 7:45pm
  • 24, First Quarter
  • 26, Moon 2.0° Beehive 9pm
  • 31, Full Moon

April

  • 1, Mars, Saturn, M22 5am
  • 3, Mars 1.2° Saturn
  • 7, Moon, Mars, Saturn,M22 5:30am
  • 8, Last Quarter
  • 15, New Moon
  • 18, Moon 2.3° Aldebaran 9:45pm
  • 22, Lyrids
  • 22, First Quarter
  • 23, Moon 2.3° Beehive 1:30am
  • 24, Venus 3.5° Pleiades 9pm
  • 24, Moon 2.5° Regulus 9pm
  • 29, Mercury Best Morning View
  • 29, Full Moon

May

  • 3, Saturn 1.6° M22 2am
  • 6, Eta-Aquarids
  • 6, Moon 1.7° Mars 3:30am
  • 7, Last Quarter
  • 8, Jupiter @ Opposition
  • 15, New Moon
  • 20, Venus 1.0° M35 9:30pm
  • 21, Moon 0.5° Regulus
  • 21, First Quarter
  • 29, Full Moon

June

  • 1, Moon 1.9° Saturn 12am
  • 3, Moon 2.3° Mars 4am
  • 6, Last Quarter
  • 13, New Moon
  • 19, Venus 0.75° Beehive
  • 20, Last Quarter
  • 21, Summer Solstice 6:07am
  • 23, Moon 4.0° Jupiter 10pm
  • 27, Saturn @ Opposition
  • 28, Moon 0.75° Saturn 12am
  • 28, Full Moon
  • 30, Moon 4.3° Mars 11:45pm

July

  • 6, Earth @ Aphelion 12:47pm
  • 6, Last Quarter
  • 9, Venus 1.0° Regulus 9:30pm
  • 10, Moon 0.05° Aldebaran 4:45am
  • 12, Mercury Best Evening View
  • 12, New Moon
  • 15, Moon 1.7° Venus 9:45pm
  • 19, First Quarter
  • 20, Moon 3.1° Jupiter 10pm
  • 24, Moon 1.5° Saturn 11pm
  • 27, Mars @ Opposition
  • 27, Full Moon
  • 28, Delta Aquarids

August

  • 4, Last Quarter
  • 6, Moon 1.1° Aldebaran 2:30pm
  • 11, New Moon
  • 12, Perseids
  • 17, Venus Best Evening View
  • 18, First Quarter
  • 21, Moon 3.2° Saturn 12am
  • 26, Mercury Best Morning View
  • 26, Full Moon

September

  • 2, Last Quarter
  • 3, Moon 2.0° Aldebaran 0:40am
  • 7, Neptune @ Opposition
  • 9, New Moon
  • 12, Saturn,M8,M20,M21 9:30pm
  • 13, Moon 3.8° Jupiter 8:45pm
  • 16, First Quarter
  • 17, Moon 3.7° Saturn 8:30pm
  • 19, Moon 4.0° Mars 8:30pm
  • 22, Autumnal Equinox 9:54pm
  • 24, Full Moon
  • 30, Moon 0.5° Aldebaran 2am

October

  • 2, Last Quarter
  • 4, Moon 1.1° Beehive 5:30am
  • 8, Draconids
  • 8, New Moon
  • 16, First Quarter
  • 17, Moon 5.0° Mars 11pm
  • 21, Orionids
  • 23, Uranus @ Opposition
  • 24, Full Moon
  • 27, Moon 1.8° Aldebaran 7am
  • 31, Moon 3.0° Beehive 6am
  • 31, Last Quarter

November

  • 2, Moon 2.0° Regulus 3am
  • 4, Daylight Saving Time Ends
  • 5, Taurids
  • 6, Mercury Best Evening View
  • 7, New Moon
  • 11, Moon,Saturn,M22 6pm
  • 14, Venus 1.2° Spica 6am
  • 15, Moon 1.8° Mars 10:15pm
  • 15, First Quarter
  • 17, Leonids
  • 23, Moon 2.2° Aldebaran 7pm
  • 23, Full Moon
  • 29, Moon 1.6° Regulus 5am
  • 29, Last Quarter

Descember

  • 7, New Moon
  • 13, Geminids
  • 14, Moon 3.5° Mars 10pm
  • 15, Mercury Best Morning View
  • 15, First Quarter
  • 21, Winter Solstice 6:23pm
  • 21, Moon 1.0° Aldebaran 3am
  • 21, Mercury 0.8° Jupiter 7am
  • 22, Ursids
  • 22, Full Moon
  • 24, Moon 0.5° Beehive 11:15pm
  • 29, Last Quarter
  • 31, New Horizons @ MU69 Jan.1

Some data provided by Sky Events Calendar by Fred Espenak and Sumit Dutta (NASA’s GSFC).