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Jimmy Westlake’s 2015 cosmic calendar of celestial events

JANUARY

Date Time Event

Jan. 1 04:35 Moon close to bright star Aldebaran tonight



Jan. 3 18:51 Quadrantid meteor shower before dawn (120 meteors per hour)

Jan. 4 01:59 Earth at perihelion (closest to the Sun today 0.9833 AU)



Jan. 4 21:53 Full wolf moon (21:53)

Jan. 9 11:17 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth 405,400 km)

Jan. 10 18:00 Planets Mercury and Venus very close together tonight at dusk

Jan. 13 02:47 3rd quarter moon (02:47)

Jan. 14 12:59 Mercury at greatest elongation 19 degrees east of the sun at dusk

Jan. 16 04:52 Moon very close to planet Saturn before dawn

Jan. 20 06:14 New moon (06:14)

Jan. 21 13:06 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth 359,600 km)

Jan. 21 22:01 Moon close to planet Venus at dusk

Jan. 22 21:40 Moon close to planet Mars at dusk

Jan. 26 21:48 1st quarter moon (21:48)

Jan. 29 10:07 Moon close to bright star Aldebaran tonight

Jan. 30 06:40 Mercury at inferior conjunction (passes between Earth and Sun)

Jan. 30 — Comet Lovejoy 2014 Q2 reaches perihelion

FEBRUARY

Date Time Event

Feb. 3 16:09 Full snow moon (16:09)

Feb. 5 23:25 Moon at apogee (406,200 km)

Feb. 6 09:55 Jupiter at opposition (closest and brightest for 2015 — 4.35 AU)

Feb. 11 20:50 Third quarter moon (20:50)

Feb. 12 17:10 Moon close to planet Saturn before dawn

Feb. 16 23:20 Moon close to planet Mercury before dawn

Feb. 18 16:47 New moon (16:47)

Feb. 19 00:29 Moon at perigee (357,000 km)

*Feb. 20 17:56 Moon very close to planets Venus and Mars at dusk

Feb. 21 22:18 Venus and Mars very close together at dusk

Feb. 24 08:59 Mercury at greatest elongation 26 degrees west of the sun at dawn

Feb. 25 10:14 First quarter moon (10:14)

Feb. 25 16:02 Moon very close to bright star Aldebaran tonight

Feb. 25 21:18 Neptune in conjunction with the sun

MARCH

Date Time Event

March 5 00:35 Moon at apogee (406,400 km)

March 5 11:05 Full crow moon (11:05)

*March 6 — Dawn Spacecraft arrives at dwarf planet Ceres

March 8 02:00 Daylight Savings Time begins

March 12 01:25 Moon close to planet Saturn before dawn

March 13 10:48 Third quarter moon (10:48)

March 19 12:38 Moon at perigee (357,600 km)

March 20 02:36 New moon (02:36)

March 20 02:46 Total solar eclipse (visible the in North Atlantic)

March 20 15:45 Vernal equinox (spring begins in north hemisphere 15:45)

March 21 15:13 Moon very close to planet Mars at dusk

March 22 12:51 Moon close to planet Venus at dusk

March 24 23:55 Moon close to bright star Aldebaran tonight

March 27 00:43 Friday quarter moon (00:43)

APRIL

Date Time Event

April 1 05:59 Moon at apogee (406,000 km)

*April 4 05:01 Total eclipse of the moon before dawn (05:06)

April 4 05:06 Full egg moon (05:06)

April 06 06:48 Uranus in conjunction with the sun

April 08 06:08 Moon close to planet Saturn before dawn

April 8 07:16 Jupiter closest to Beehive star cluster (M44) tonight

April 9 20:52 Mercury at superior conjunction (passes behind the sun)

April 11 08:30 Venus closest to the Pleiades star cluster tonight

April 11 20:44 Third quarter moon (20:44)

April 16 20:53 Moon at perigee (361,000 km)

April 18 11:57 New moon (11:57)

April 21 09:35 Moon close to bright star Aldebaran and planet Venus tonight

April 22 16:21 Lyrid meteor shower before dawn (20 meteors per hour)

April 25 16:55 First quarter moon (16:55)

April 28 20:55 Moon at apogee (405,100 km)

April 30 18:29 Mercury closest to the Pleiades star cluster (M45) at dusk

MAY

Date Time Event

May 3 20:42 Full milk moon (20:42)

May 5 05:36 Eta Aquarid meteor shower before dawn (60 meteors per hour)

May 5 09:18 Moon close to planet Saturn before dawn

May 6 21:59 Mercury at greatest elongation 21 degrees east of the sun at dusk

May 11 03:36 Third quarter moon (03:36)

May 14 17:23 Moon at perigee (366,000 km)

May 17 21:13 New moon (21:13)

May 22 17:53 Saturn at opposition (closest and brightest for 2015 — 8.97 AU)

May 25 10:19 First quarter moon (10:19)

May 26 15:12 Moon at apogee (404,200 km)

May 29 10:30 Venus closest to bright star Pollux at dusk

May 30 09:53 Mercury at inferior conjunction

JUNE

Date Time Event

June 1 13:02 Moon close to planet Saturn tonight

June 2 09:19 Full flower moon (09:19)

June 6 11:59 Venus at greatest elongation 45 degrees east of the sun at dusk

June 9 08:42 Third quarter moon (08:42)

June 9 21:39 Moon at perigee (369,700 km)

*June 13 01:59 Venus very close to Beehive star cluster (M44) tonight

June 14 07:39 Mars in conjunction with the sun

June 16 07:05 New moon (07:05)

June 20 04:28 Moon close to planet Venus tonight

June 21 09:38 Summer solstice (summer begins in northern hemisphere — 09:38)

June 23 02:39 Mercury closest to bright star Aldebaran at dawn

June 23 10:01 Moon at apogee (404,100 km)

June 24 04:03 First quarter moon (04:03)

June 24 09:59 Mercury at greatest elongation 23 degrees west of the sun at dawn

June 28 18:27 Moon close to planet Saturn tonight

*June 30 19:14 Venus and Jupiter very close together at dusk (0.3 degrees apart)

JULY

Date Time Event

July 1 19:20 Full thunder moon (19:20)

July 5 11:54 Moon at perigee (367,100 km)

July 5 — Comet PanSTARRS 2014 Q1 reaches perihelion

July 6 05:59 Earth at aphelion (farthest from the sun — 1.0167 AU)

July 8 13:24 Third quarter moon (13:24)

July 12 10:55 Moon close to bright star Aldebaran before dawn

*July 14 — New Horizons Spacecraft flies by dwarf planet Pluto today

July 14 14:35 Venus closest to bright star Regulus tonight

July 15 18:24 New moon (18:24)

July 18 10:34 Moon close to planets Venus and Jupiter at dusk

July 21 04:02 Moon at apogee (404,800 km)

July 23 12:18 Mercury at superior conjunction

July 23 21:04 First quarter moon (21:04)

July 26 01:43 Moon close to planet Saturn tonight

July 28 07:23 Delta Aquarid meteor shower before dawn (20 meteors per hour)

July 31 03:43 Full blue moon (03:43)

AUGUST

Date Time Event

Aug. 2 03:11 Moon at perigee (362,100 km)

Aug. 6 19:03 Third quarter moon (19:03)

Aug. 7 10:25 Mercury close to bright star Regulus at dusk

Aug. 8 16:22 Moon close to bright star Aldebaran before dawn

*Aug. 12 23:17 Perseid meteor shower before dawn (90 meteors per hour)

Aug. 14 07:54 New moon (07:54)

Aug. 15 12:19 Venus at inferior conjunction

Aug. 16 07:34 Moon close to planet Mercury at dusk

Aug. 17 19:33 Moon at apogee (405,900 km)

Aug. 20 20:35 Mars closest to Beehive star cluster (M44) before dawn

Aug. 22 10:21 Moon close to planet Saturn tonight

Aug. 22 12:31 First quarter moon (12:31)

Aug. 26 14:04 Jupiter in conjunction with the sun

Aug. 29 11:35 Full green corn moon (11:35)

Aug. 30 08:24 Moon at perigee (358,300 km)

Aug. 31 19:12 Neptune at opposition (closest to Earth for 2015 — 28.95 AU)

SEPTEMBER

Date Time Event

Sept. 4 02:59 Mercury at greatest elongation 27 degrees east of the sun at dusk

Sept. 5 22:09 Moon close to bright star Aldebaran before dawn

Sept. 5 02:54 Third quarter moon (02:54)

Sept. 9 22:53 Moon close to the planet Venus at dawn

Sept. 12 23:41 New moon (23:41)

Sept. 12 23:55 Partial solar eclipse (visible from South Africa and Antarctica)

Sept. 14 04:28 Moon at apogee (406,500 km)

Sept. 18 19:54 Moon close to planet Saturn tonight

Sept. 21 01:59 First quarter moon (01:59)

Sept. 23 01:20 Autumnal equinox (autumn begins in the northern hemisphere 01:20)

Sept. 24 12:38 Mars close to bright star Regulus before dawn

Sept. 27 18:46 Moon at perigee (356,900 km)

*Sept. 27 19:48 Total lunar eclipse tonight

*Sept. 27 19:50 Full harvest super moon (largest full moon in 2015)

Sept. 30 07:36 Mercury at inferior conjunction

OCTOBER

Date Time Event

Oct. 2 05:51 Moon close to bright star Aldebaran tonight

Oct. 4 14:06 Third quarter moon (14:06)

Oct. 8 13:32 Moon close to planet Venus before dawn

Oct. 8 17:26 Venus closest to bright star Regulus before dawn

*Oct. 9 09:51 Moon close to planets Mercury, Venus, Mars and Jupiter before dawn

Oct. 11 06:17 Moon at apogee (406,400 km)

Oct. 11 20:14 Uranus at Opposition (closest to Earth for 2015 — 19.0 AU)

Oct. 12 17:06 New moon (17:06)

Oct. 15 19:59 Mercury at Greatest Elongation 18 degrees west of the sun at dawn

Oct. 16 06:20 Moon close to planet Saturn tonight

Oct. 17 14:01 Mars and Jupiter very close together before dawn (0.4 degrees)

Oct. 20 13:31 First quarter moon (13:31)

Oct. 21 15:35 Orionid Meteor Shower before dawn (20 meteors per hour)

Oct. 25 15:40 Venus and Jupiter very close together before dawn (1.1 degrees)

Oct. 25 23:59 Venus at greatest elongation 46 degrees west of the sun before dawn

Oct. 26 05:59 Moon at perigee (358,500 km)

Oct. 27 05:05 Full hunter’s moon (05:05)

Oct. 29 15:45 Moon close to bright star Aldebaran tonight

NOVEMBER

Date Time Event

Nov. 1 02:00 Daylight Savings Time ends

Nov. 3 00:20 Venus very close to Mars before dawn (0.7 degrees)

Nov. 3 05:24 Third quarter moon (05:24)

Nov. 5 16:04 South Taurid meteor shower before dawn (10 meteors per hour)

Nov. 6 08:49 Moon close to planet Jupiter before dawn

Nov. 7 02:56 Moon very close to planets Venus and Mars before dawn

Nov. 7 14:48 Moon at apogee (405,700 km)

Nov. 11 10:47 New moon (10:47)

Nov. 12 15:20 North Taurid meteor shower before dawn (15 meteors per hour)

Nov. 17 07:45 Mercury at superior conjunction

Nov. 17 21:38 Leonid meteor shower before dawn (15 meteors per hour)

Nov. 18 23:27 First quarter moon (23:27)

Nov. 23 13:06 Moon at perigee (362,800 km)

Nov. 25 15:44 Full long night moon (15:44)

Nov. 26 02:33 Moon close to bright star Aldebaran tonight

Nov. 29 12:20 Venus closest to bright star Spica before dawn

Nov. 29 16:31 Saturn in conjunction with the sun

DECEMBER

Date Time Event

Dec. 3 00:41 Third quarter (00:41)

Dec. 3 23:21 Moon close to planet Jupiter before dawn

Dec. 5 07:56 Moon at apogee (404,800 km)

Dec. 5 19:40 Moon close to planet Mars before dawn

Dec. 7 09:55 Moon very close to planet Venus before dawn (daytime occultation 09:30)

Dec. 11 03:29 New moon (03:29)

*Dec. 14 10:48 Geminid meteor shower before dawn (120 meteors per hour)

Dec. 17 19:32 Saturn closest to bright star Antares at dawn

Dec. 18 08:14 First quarter moon (08:14)

Dec. 21 01:53 Moon at perigee (368,400 km)

Dec. 21 21:48 Winter solstice (winter begins in northern hemisphere 21:48)

Dec. 22 19:00 Ursid meteor shower before dawn (10 meteors per hour)

Dec. 23 07:16 Mars closest to bright star Spica before dawn

Dec. 23 12:09 Moon close to bright star Aldebaran tonight

Dec. 25 04:11 Full wolf moon (04:11)

Dec. 28 19:59 Mercury at greatest elongation 20 degrees east of the sun at dusk

Dec. 29 13:30 Moon close to bright star Regulus tonight

Dec. 31 10:55 Moon close to planet Jupiter tonight

*Denotes one of Westlake’s Top 10 Celestial Events of 2015


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