Jimmy Westlake's 2012 Cosmic Calendar of Celestial Events

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Date, local time, Celestial event

Jan. 4, 0:23, Quadrantid Meteor Shower (120 per hour)

Jan. 4, 20:59, Earth at Perihelion (0.9833 AU from the Sun)

Jan. 9, 0:30, Full Moon (Wolf Moon)

Jan. 16, 5:00, Moon 7º SW of Saturn

Jan. 16, 2:08 3rd Quarter Moon

Jan. 23, 0:39, New Moon

Jan. 30, 21:10, 1st Quarter Moon

Feb. 3, 5:00, Comet Garradd (2009P1) 0.5º from Star Cluster M92 in Hercules

Feb. 7, Mercury at superior conjunction

Feb. 7, 14:54, Full Moon (Snow Moon)

Feb. 12, 5:00, Moon 2.5º S of star Spica

Feb. 14, 10:04, 3rd Quarter Moon

Feb. 19, Neptune in conjunction with the Sun

Feb. 21, 15:35, New Moon

Feb. 25, 19:00, Moon 3.5º N of Venus

Feb. 26, 19:00, Moon 3.8º N of Jupiter

Feb. 28, 19:00, Moon 3.7º S of M45 Pleiades star cluster

Feb. 29, Leap Year Day

Feb. 29, 18:22, 1st Quarter Moon

March 3, 11:54, *Mars at opposition (0.674 AU from Earth)

March 5, Comet Garradd closest to Earth (1.27 AU)

March 5, 1:59, Mercury at Greatest Elongation 18º East of the Sun (look west at dusk)

March 7, 21:00, Moon 10º S of Mars

March 8, 2:39, Full Moon (Crow Moon)

March 10, 23:45, Moon 7º S of Saturn

March 11, 2:00, Daylight Savings Time Begins

March 13, 20:30, *Venus 3º N of Jupiter

March 14, 19:25, 3rd Quarter Moon

March 19, 23:14, Vernal Equinox (Spring begins in N Hemisphere 11:14 pm)

March 21, Mercury at inferior conjunction

March 22, 8:37, New Moon

March 24, Uranus in conjunction with the Sun

March 25, 20:00, Moon 3º N of Jupiter

March 26, 20:00, Moon 3.3º E of Venus

March 27, 0:59, Venus at Greatest Elongation 46º East of the Sun (look west at dusk)

March 30, 13:41, 1st Quarter Moon

April 3, 20:30, Venus 0.5º from Pleiades Star Cluster

April 3, 20:30, Moon 10º S of Mars

April 6, 13:19, Full Moon (Egg Moon)

April 7, 22:00, Moon 2º S of star Spica

April 7, 22:00, Moon 7º SW of Saturn

April 13, 4:50, 3rd Quarter Moon

April 15, 11:44, Saturn at Opposition (8.72 AU from Earth)

April 15, 21:00, Mars 4.3º E of star Regulus

April 18, 10:59, Mercury at Greatest Elongation 28º West of Sun (look east before dawn)

April 21, 1:18, New Moon

April 21, 22:54, Lyrid Meteor Shower (20 per hour)

April 24, 21:00, Moon 6º S of Venus

April 29, 3:58, 1st Quarter Moon

May 4, 21:00, Moon 9º S of Saturn

May 4, 12:08, Eta Aquarid Meteor Shower before dawn (60 per hour)

May 5, 21:35, Full Moon (Milk Moon)

May 12, 15:47, 3rd Quarter Moon

May 13, Jupiter in conjunction with the Sun

May 20, 17:47, New Moon

May 20, 17:54, *Annular Solar Eclipse (visible from western USA)

May 22, 21:30, Moon 6º S of Venus

May 27, Mercury at superior conjunction

May 28, 14:16, 1st Quarter Moon

May 31, 22:00, Moon 2º S of star Spica

May 31, 22:00, Moon 7º S of Saturn

June 4, 5:04, *Partial Lunar Eclipse (visible from western USA before dawn)

June 4, 5:11, Full Moon (Flower Moon)

June 5, Venus at inferior conjunction

June 5 , 19:17, *Venus Transits the Sun (visible from western USA after 4:00 pm)

June 11, 4:41, 3rd Quarter Moon

June 17, 4:30, Moon 2º E of Jupiter

June 19, 9:02, New Moon

June 20, 17:08, Summer Solstice (Summer begins in N Hemisphere 5:08 pm)

June 21, 21:30, Moon 7.6º S of Mercury (9:30 pm)

June 26, 21:30, 1st Quarter Moon

June 28 , 22:00, Moon 7.6º S of Saturn

June 30, 19:59, Mercury at Greatest Elongation 26º East of the Sun (look west at dusk)

July 1, 5:00, Venus 4.8º S of Jupiter

July 3, 12:52, Full Moon (Thunder Moon)

July 4, 17:59, Earth at Aphelion (1.0167 AU from the Sun)

July 9, 4:45, Venus 1º N of star Aldebaran

July 10, 19:48, 3rd Quarter Moon

July 14, 4:45, Moon 7.3º W of Jupiter

July 15, 4:45, Moon 3.6º N of Venus

July 18, 22:24, New Moon

July 24, 21:30, Moon 6.3º S of Mars

July 25, 21:30, Moon 9.2º SE of Saturn

July 26, 2:56, 1st Quarter Moon

July 27, 13:56, Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower before Dawn (20 per hour)

July 28, Mercury at inferior conjunction

July 29, 4:30, Jupiter 4.7º N of star Aldebaran

Aug. 1, 21:27, Full Moon (Green Corn Moon)

Aug. 2, 21:30, Saturn 4.5º N of star Spica

Aug. 6, *Curiosity rover lands on Mars

Aug. 9, 12:55, 3rd Quarter Moon

Aug. 11, 4:30, Moon 4.6º W of Jupiter

Aug. 12, 5:50, *Perseid Meteor Shower before Dawn (90 per hour)

Aug. 13, 4:30, Moon 3.7º W of Venus

Aug. 13, 21:15, Mars 1.8º N of star Spica

Aug. 15, 3:59, Venus at Greatest Elongation 46º West of the Sun (look east before dawn)

Aug. 15, 21:15, Mars 2.7º S of Saturn

Aug. 16, 5:59, Mercury at Greatest Elongation 19º West of the Sun (look east before dawn)

Aug. 17, 9:55, New Moon

Aug. 21, 21:00, Moon, Saturn, Mars, and star Spica cluster in evening sky

Aug. 24, 4:54, Neptune at Opposition (28.98 AU from Earth)

Aug. 24, 7:53, 1st Quarter Moon

Aug. 31, 7:58, Full Moon (Fruit Moon)

Sept. 8, 4:00, Moon 1º S of Jupiter

Sept. 8, 7:15, 3rd Quarter Moon

Sept. 10, Mercury at superior conjunction

Sept. 12, 5:00, Moon 4º S of Venus

Sept. 13, 5:00, Venus 2.4º S of M44, Beehive Star Cluster

Sept. 15, 20:11, New Moon

Sept. 19, 20:00, Moon 2.8º E of Mars

Sept. 22, 8:49, Autumnal Equinox (Autumn begins in N Hemisphere 8:49am)

Sept. 22, 13:41, 1st Quarter Moon

Sept. 29, 0:35, Uranus at Opposition (19.062 AU from Earth)

Sept. 29, 21:19, Full Moon (Harvest Moon)

Oct. 3, 5:30, Venus 0.25º from star Regulus

Oct. 5, 5:00, Moon 5º SW of Jupiter

Oct. 8, 1:33, 3rd Quarter Moon

Oct. 12, 6:00, Moon 6.3º S of Venus

Oct. 15, 6:02, New Moon

Oct. 18, 19:30, Moon 6.5º E of Mars

Oct. 20, 19:30, Mars 3.6º N of star Antares

Oct. 20, 22:08, Orionid Meteor Shower before Dawn (20 per hour)

Oct. 21, 21:32, 1st Quarter Moon

Oct. 25, Saturn in conjunction with the Sun

Oct. 26, 15:59, Mercury at Greatest Elongation 24° East of the Sun (look west at dusk)

Oct. 29, 12:50, Full Moon (Hunter’s Moon)

Nov. 1, 21:30, Moon 2.3º E of Jupiter

Nov. 4, 2:00, Daylight Savings Time Ends

Nov. 4, 21:36, South Taurid Meteor Shower (10 per hour)

Nov. 6, 17:36, 3rd Quarter Moon

Nov. 11, 5:30, Moon 5.5º S of Venus

Nov. 11, 20:53, North Taurid Meteor Shower (15 per hour)

Nov. 13, 15:08, New Moon

Nov. 13, 15:12, Total Solar Eclipse (visible from South Pacific)

Nov. 15, 18:00, Moon 6.5º W of Mars

Nov. 16, 6:00, Venus 4º N of star Spica

Nov. 17, 3:10, Leonid Shower Meteor Shower (15 per hour)

Nov. 17, Mercury at inferior conjunction

Nov. 20, 7:31, 1st Quarter Moon

Nov. 26, 6:00, Venus 0.75º W of Saturn

Nov. 28, 7:34, Penumbral Lunar Eclipse (visible from Asia and Australia)

Nov. 28, 7:46, Full Moon (Moon Before Yule)

Nov. 28, 18:00, Moon 1º S of Jupiter

Dec. 2, 17:43, *Jupiter at Opposition (4.068 AU from Earth)

Dec. 4, 15:59, Mercury at Greatest Elongation 21° West of the Sun (look East before Dawn)

Dec. 6, 8:32, 3rd Quarter Moon

Dec. 9, 6:00, Venus 6º W of Mercury

Dec. 9, 6:00, Moon 2º SE of star Spica

Dec. 10, 6:00, Moon 5º SE of Saturn

Dec. 11, 6:00, Moon 2.3º SE of Venus

Dec. 12, 19:00, Jupiter 4.7º N of star Aldebaran

Dec. 13, 1:42, New Moon

Dec. 13, 16:20, *Geminid Meteor Shower before Dawn (120 per hour)

Dec. 19, 22:19, 1st Quarter Moon

Dec. 21, 4:12, Winter Solstice (Winter begins in N Hemisphere 4:12 am)

Dec. 22, 1:00, Ursid Meteor Shower before Dawn (10 per hour)

Dec. 25, 18:00, Moon 1.1º S of Jupiter

Dec. 28, 3:21, Full Moon (Long Night Moon)

* Denotes one of Jimmy’s “Top Ten Celestial Events for 2012”

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