Astronomy Calendar

2011 Astronomy Dates

November 8

Asteroid 2005 YU55 is roughly 1,300 feet in diameter and pass by Earth at a distance 15% closer than the moon.  This is a rare event for amateur astronomers, as asteroids of this size only pass this close to Earth once every 30 years.

November 10

Full Moon.  Beware the werewolves!

November 17-18

The Leonids Meteor Shower will average about 40 meteors per hour at their peak.  While the 17th and 18th are the peak days of the shower, meteors can be seen from November 13-20.

November 25

A partial solar eclipse will occur that is visible from Antartica, parts of South Africa and Tasmania.

December 10

A total lunar eclipse will be visible throughout much of North America Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the Pacific Ocean.

December 13-14

The Germinids Meteor Shower will produce about 60 meteors per hour during their peak.  Meteors will be visible from December 6-19.

December 23

Winter Solstice – The first day of winter and the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

2012 Astronomy Dates

January 3-4

The Quadrantids Meteor Shower produces about 40 meteors per hour during its peak, with meteors visible from January 1-5.

February 7

Full Moon.

March 3

Mars at Opposition is the perfect time to view and photograph Mars, as it will be at its closest point to Earth and fully lit by the Sun.

March 14

The conjunction of Venus and Jupiter means the two bright planets will be within 3 degrees of each other.

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