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Jimmy Westlake’s 2019 celestial calendar of events

Jimmy Westlake
For the Steamboat Pilot & Today

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — There is something exciting happening in the sky almost every night of the year, if you know when and where to look.

View Jimmy Westlake’s top 10 celestial events, recommended events and the full calendar for 2019 below.

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January  •  February  •  March  •  April  •  May  •  June  •  July  •  August  •  September  •  October  •  November  •  December


NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft will sail past the mysterious Kuiper Belt Object named Ultima Thule just two hours and 33 minutes into 2019. This is the same spacecraft that made history when it flew past Pluto in July 2015. Ultima Thule is 1 billion miles beyond Pluto and will be the farthest object ever photographed at close range by a robotic spacecraft. (Photo courtesy of NASA)

January

Jan. 1
• 2:33 a.m. Top 10 event: NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flies past KBO Ultima Thule
• 2:50 p.m. Moon close to Venus in Libra before dawn
• 10 p.m. Saturn in conjunction with sun

Jan. 2
• 10 p.m. Earth at perihelion: 0.98330 astronomical units

Jan. 3
• 12:37 a.m. Moon close to Jupiter in Ophiuchus before dawn
• 7 p.m. Recommended event: Quadrantid Meteor Shower, 120 per hour

Jan. 5
• 6:28 p.m. New moon
• 6:41 p.m. Partial solar eclipse (northeast Asia, north Pacific)
• 10 p.m. Venus at greatest elongation 47.0 degrees west of the sun at dawn

Jan. 8
• 9:29 p.m. Moon at apogee: 252,348 miles

Jan. 12
• 12:47 p.m. Moon close to Mars in Pisces

Jan. 13
• 11:45 p.m. First-quarter moon

Jan. 17
• 11:20 a.m. Moon close to bright star Aldebaran in Taurus

The full Super Wolf Moon will be eclipsed for all of North America on Jan. 20, 2019. Will this eclipse be as colorful as the one on April 4, 2015, shown here? Every total lunar eclipse is different, so we’ll have to wait and see. (Photo by Jimmy Westlake)

Jan. 20
• 10:12 p.m Top 10 event: Total lunar eclipse (North and South America)
• 10:16 p.m. Full wolf moon (super moon)

Whenever the sky’s two brightest planets pass close to each other, it is a sight to behold. In this image, Venus outshines its partner Jupiter on June 29, 2015. This telephoto image mimics the view obtained through binoculars. Notice Jupiter’s four giant moons shining, two on each side. Jupiter and Venus will pair up again in our sky on the morning of Jan. 21, 2019. (Photo by Jimmy Westlake)

Jan. 21
• 12:58 p.m. Moon at perigee: 222,043 miles
• 10 p.m. Top 10 event: Jupiter very close to Venus in Ophiuchus before dawn 

Jan. 22
• 6:41 p.m. Moon close to bright star Regulus in Leo

Jan. 27
• 2:10 p.m. Third-quarter moon

Jan. 29
• 8 p.m. Mercury at superior conjunction

Jan. 30
• 4:54 p.m. Moon close to Jupiter in Ophiuchus at dawn

Jan. 31
• 10:36 a.m. Recommended event: Moon very close to Venus in Ophiuchus at dawn


February

Feb. 2
• 12:18 a.m. Moon close to Saturn in Sagittarius at dawn

Feb. 4
• 2:04 p.m. New moon

Feb. 5
• 2:26 a.m. Moon at apogee: 252,621 miles

Feb. 12
• 3:26 p.m. First-quarter moon

Feb. 13
• 8:29 p.m. Recommended event: Moon very close to bright star Aldebaran in Taurus

Feb. 17
• 8:05 p.m. Moon very close to Beehive star cluster in Cancer

Feb. 18
• 5:30 a.m. Top 10 event: Venus very close to Saturn in Sagittarius before dawn

Feb. 19
• 2:06 a.m. Moon at perigee: 221,681 miles
• 6:08 a.m. Moon close to bright star Regulus in Leo before dawn
• 8:53 a.m. Full snow moon (super moon)

Feb. 26
• 4:28 a.m. Third-quarter moon
• 6 p.m. Mercury at greatest elongation 18.1 degrees east of the sun

Feb. 27
• 7:17 a.m. Moon close to Jupiter in Ophiuchus before dawn


March

March 1
• 11:40 a.m. Moon close to Saturn in Sagittarius before dawn

March 2
• 2:28 p.m. Moon close to Venus in Sagittarius before dawn

March 4
• 4:25 a.m. Moon at apogee: 252,519 miles

March 6
• 9:04 a.m. New moon
• 6 p.m. Neptune in conjunction with sun

March 10
• 2 a.m. Daylight saving time begins

March 11
• 6:09 a.m. Moon close to Mars in Aries

March 12
• 10 a.m. Moon close to bright star Aldebaran in Taurus

March 14
• 3:27 a.m. First-quarter moon
• 8 p.m. Mercury at inferior conjunction

March 18
• 5:59 p.m. Moon close to bright star Regulus in Leo

March 19
• 1:47 p.m. Moon at perigee: 223,308 miles

March 20
• 3:58 p.m. Vernal equinox
• 7:43 p.m. Full worm moon (super moon)

March 26
• 7:28 p.m. Moon close to Jupiter in Ophiuchus before dawn

March 27
• 9:10 p.m. Third-quarter moon

March 28
• 10:11 p.m. Moon close to Saturn in Sagittarius before dawn

March 30
• 8:06 p.m. Recommended event: Mars close to Pleiades star cluster in Taurus

March 31
• 5:14 p.m. Moon at apogee: 252,013 miles


April

April 1
• 10:18 p.m. Moon close to Venus in Aquarius at dawn

April 2
• 5:01 p.m. Moon close to Mercury in Aquarius at dawn

April 5
• 2:50 a.m. New moon

April 8
• 9 p.m. Recommended event: Moon close to Mars in Taurus

April 9
• 9:43 a.m. Moon close to bright star Aldebaran in Taurus

April 11
• 1 p.m. Mercury at greatest elongation 27.7 degrees west of the sun at dawn

April 12
• 1:06 p.m. First-quarter moon

April 14
• 6:24 p.m. Mars close to bright star Aldebaran in Taurus
• 11:59 p.m. Moon close to bright star Regulus in Leo

April 16
• 2 p.m. Venus close to Mercury in Pisces at dawn
• 4:02 p.m. Moon at perigee: 226,308 miles

April 19
• 5:12 a.m. FULL EGG MOON

April 22
• 6 p.m. Lyrid Meteor Shower peaks, 20 per hour
• 6 p.m. Uranus in conjunction with sun

April 23
• 5:36 a.m. Recommended event: Moon very close to Jupiter in Ophiuchus before dawn

April 25
• 8:38 a.m. Moon close to Saturn in Sagittarius before dawn

April 26
• 4:18 p.m. Third-quarter moon

April 28
• 12:20 p.m. Moon at apogee: 251,392 miles


May

May 2
• 5:39 a.m. Moon close to Venus in Pisces at dawn

May 3
• 12:26 a.m. Moon close to Mercury in Pisces at dawn

May 4
• 4:45 p.m. New moon

May 5
• 7 a.m. Eta-Aquarid Meteor Shower peaks before dawn, 60 per hour

May 6
• 3:52 p.m. Moon close to bright star Aldebaran in Taurus

May 7
• 5:36 p.m. Moon close to Mars in Taurus

May 9
• 9:30 p.m. Moon close to bright stars Pollux and Castor in Gemini

May 10
• 7:35 p.m. Recommended event: Moon very close to the Beehive star cluster in Cancer

May 11
• 7:12 p.m. First-quarter moon

May 12
• 8:19 a.m. Moon close to bright star Regulus in Leo

May 13
• 3:53 p.m. Moon at perigee: 229,296 miles

May 18
• 3:11 p.m. Full moon (blue moon)

May 20
• 10:54 a.m.  Moon close to Jupiter in Ophiuchus before dawn

May 21
• 7 a.m. Mercury at superior conjunction

May 22
• 4:25 p.m. Moon close to Saturn in Sagittarius before dawn

May 26
• 7:27 a.m. Moon at apogee: 251,116 miles
• 10:33 p.m. Third-quarter moon

May 28
• Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres at opposition in Ophiuchus (closest to Earth 1.75 astronomical units)


June

June 1
• 12:15 p.m. Moon close to Venus in Aries at dawn

June 3
• 4:02 a.m. New moon

June 4
• 9:42 a.m. Recommended event: Moon close to Mercury and Mars in Gemini at dusk

June 5
• 9:05 a.m. Moon close to Mars in Gemini at dusk

June 6
• 3:41 a.m. Moon close to bright stars Pollux and Castor in Gemini

June 7
• 1:19 a.m. Recommended event: Moon very close to Beehive star cluster in Cancer
• 5:21 p.m. Moon at perigee: 228,979 miles

June 8
• 1:36 p.m. Moon close to bright star Regulus in Leo

June 9
• 11:59 p.m. First-quarter moon

This image of Jupiter, taken Dec. 8, 2012, through the historic 60-inch telescope at Mount Wilson Observatory near Pasadena, California, reveals Jupiter’s bright and dark cloud stripes, the Great Red Spot and a smaller red spot dubbed Red Junior. Jupiter reaches opposition and will be closest to Earth on June 10, 2019. (Photo by Jimmy Westlake)

June 10
• 9 a.m. Top 10 event: Jupiter at opposition in Ophiuchus (closest to Earth 4.28 astronomical units)

June 16
• 12:50 p.m. Moon close to Jupiter in Ophiuchus

June 17
• 2:31 a.m. Full strawberry moon

June 18
• Noon Top 10 event: Mars extremely close to Mercury in Gemini at dusk 
• 9:58 p.m. Moon close to Saturn in Sagittarius

June 19
• 7:04 a.m. Mercury and Mars close to bright stars Pollux and Castor in Gemini at dusk

June 21
• 9:54 a.m. Summer solstice

June 23
• 1:50 a.m. Moon at apogee: 251,374 miles
• 5 p.m. Mercury at greatest elongation 25.2 degrees east of the sun at dusk

June 25
• 3:46 a.m. Third-quarter moon

June 30
• 9:06 a.m. Recommended event: Moon very close to bright star Aldebaran in Taurus before dawn


July

July 2
• 1:16 p.m. New moon
• 1:23 p.m. Total solar eclipse (South Pacific, Chile, Argentina)

July 4
• 9:02 a.m. Recommended event: Moon, Mars, Mercury close to the Beehive star cluster in Cancer at dusk
• 5 p.m. Earth at aphelion: 1.01676 astronomical units
• 10:54 p.m. Moon at perigee: 226,010 miles

July 5
• 8:17 p.m. Moon close to bright star Regulus in Leo

The ringed planet Saturn makes its closest approach to Earth this year July 9, 2019, when it will shine brightly in the constellation of Sagittarius. This image was taken through the 36-inch telescope at McDonald Observatory near Fort Davis, Texas, on April 3, 2011, and shows five of Saturn’s 62 moons. Saturn’s largest moon is planet-sized Titan, visible at far right. (Photo by Jimmy Westlake)

July 9
• 4:55 a.m. First-quarter moon
• 10 a.m. Top 10 event: Saturn at opposition in Sagittarius (closest to Earth 9.03 astronomical units)

July 13
• 1:06 a.m. Recommended event: Mars in the Beehive star cluster at dusk
• 1:43 p.m. Moon close to Jupiter in Ophiuchus

July 14
• Pluto at opposition in Sagittarius (closest to Earth 32.82 astronomical units)

July 16
• 1:27 a.m. Recommended event: Moon very close to Saturn in Sagittarius before dawn
• 3:31 p.m. Partial lunar eclipse (Africa, Middle East)
• 3:38 p.m. Full thunder moon

July 20
• 6:01 p.m. Moon at apogee: 251,953 miles

July 21
• 7 a.m. Mercury at inferior conjunction

July 24
• 7:18 p.m. Third-quarter moon

July 27
• 6:47 p.m. Moon close to bright star Aldebaran in Taurus before dawn

July 28
• 9 a.m. Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower peaks before dawn, 20 per hour


August

Aug. 2
• 1:08 a.m. Moon at perigee: 223,319 miles

Aug. 7
• 11:31 a.m. First-quarter moon

Aug. 9
• 4:53 p.m. Recommended event: Moon close to Jupiter in Ophiuchus
• 5 p.m. Mercury at greatest elongation 19.0 degrees west of the sun at dawn

Aug. 12
• 4:05 a.m. Recommended event: Moon very close to Saturn in Sagittarius
• 8:59 a.m. Jupiter closest to bright star Antares in Scorpius

Aug. 13
• 1 a.m. Top 10 event: Perseid Meteor Shower peaks before dawn, 90 per hour
• Midnight Venus at superior conjunction

Aug. 15
• 6:29 a.m. Full green corn moon

Aug. 17
• 4:50 a.m. Moon at apogee: 252,427 miles

Aug. 23
• 8:56 a.m. Third-quarter moon

Aug. 24
• 3:24 a.m. Moon very close to bright star Aldebaran in Taurus before dawn

Aug. 27
• 8:30 a.m. Moon close to bright stars Pollux and Castor in Gemini before dawn

Aug. 28
• 5:31 a.m. Recommended event: Moon very close to the Beehive star cluster in Cancer at dawn

Aug. 30
• 4:37 a.m. New moon
• 9:57 a.m. Moon at perigee: 221,939 miles


September

Sept. 2
• 4 a.m. Mars in conjunction with sun

Sept. 3
• 7 p.m. Mercury at superior conjunction

Sept. 5
• 9:10 p.m. First-quarter moon
• 10 p.m. Moon close to Jupiter in Ophiuchus

Sept. 7
• 11 p.m. Moon close to Saturn in Sagittarius

Sept. 9
• Midnight Neptune at opposition in Aquarius (closest to Earth 28.93 astronomical units)

Sept. 13
• 7:32 a.m. Moon at apogee: 252,512 miles
• 10:33 p.m. Full fruit moon (mini-moon)

Sept. 19
• 10 p.m. Moon close to bright star Aldebaran in Taurus

Sept. 21
• 8:41 p.m. Third-quarter moon

Sept. 23
• 1:50 a.m. Autumnal equinox
• 5:34 p.m. Moon close to bright stars Pollux and Castor in Gemini before dawn

Sept. 24
• 3:15 p.m. Recommended event: Moon close to Beehive star cluster in Cancer before dawn

Sept. 26
• 2:30 a.m. Moon close to bright star Regulus in Leo before dawn

Sept. 27
• 8:27 p.m. Moon at perigee: 222,328 miles

Sept. 28
• 12:26 p.m. New moon


October

Oct. 3
• 2:23 p.m. Moon close to Jupiter in Ophiuchus

Oct. 5
• 10:47 a.m. First-quarter moon
• 2:48 p.m. Moon close to Saturn in Sagittarius

Oct. 9
• Recommended event: Comet SOHO P/2008 Y12 at perihelion (closest to sun 0.0654 astronomical units)

Oct. 10
• 12:29 p.m. Moon at apogee: 252,215 miles

Oct. 13
• 3:08 p.m. Full harvest moon

Oct. 17
• 3:51 p.m. Moon close to bright star Aldebaran in Taurus

Oct. 19
• 10 p.m. Mercury at greatest elongation 24.6 degrees east of the sun at dusk

Oct. 21
• 12:21 a.m. Moon close to bright stars Pollux and Castor in Gemini before dawn
• 6:39 a.m. Third-quarter moon
• 5 p.m. Orionid Meteor Shower peaks, 20 per hour

Oct. 23
• 11:11 a.m. Moon close to bright star Regulus in Leo before dawn

Oct. 26
• 4:41 a.m. Moon at perigee: 224,511 miles

Oct. 27
• 9:38 p.m. New moon

Oct. 28
• 2 a.m. Uranus at opposition in Aries (closest to Earth 18.83 astronomical units)

Oct. 29
• 7:34 a.m. Recommended event: Moon close to Venus and Mercury in Libra at dusk

Oct. 30
• 10 p.m. Venus closest to Mercury in Libra at dusk

Oct. 31
• 8:22 a.m. Recommended event: Moon close to Jupiter in Ophiuchus


November

Nov. 1
• 8 p.m. Moon close to Saturn in Sagittarius

Nov. 3
• 2 a.m. Daylight saving time ends

Nov. 4
• 3:23 a.m. First-quarter moon

Nov. 5
• 5 p.m. South Taurid Meteor Shower peaks, 10 per hour

Nov. 7
• 1:37 a.m Moon at apogee: 251,692 miles

Nov. 9
• 4:07 p.m. Mars close to bright star Spica in Virgo before dawn

Nov. 11
• Asteroid 4 Vesta at opposition in Cetus (closest to Earth 1.57 astronomical units)
• 8 a.m. Mercury at inferior conjunction

Nov. 12
• 6:34 a.m. Full hunters moon
• 4 p.m. North Taurid Meteor Shower peaks, 15 per hour

Nov. 13
• 8:52 p.m. Moon close to bright star Aldebaran in Taurus

Nov. 17
• 4:41 a.m. Moon close to bright stars Pollux and Castor in Gemini
• 10 p.m. Leonid Meteor Shower peaks, 15 per hour

Nov. 18
• 3:11 a.m. Moon very close to Beehive star cluster in Cancer before dawn

Nov. 19
• 2:11 p.m. Third-quarter moon
• 4:24 p.m. Moon close to bright star Regulus in Leo before dawn

Nov. 23
• 12:54 a.m. Moon at perigee: 227,869 miles

Nov. 24
• 2:02 a.m. Moon close to Mars and Mercury in Virgo before dawn

Nov. 26
• 8:06 a.m. New moon

Nov. 26
• Recommended event: NASA’s InSight spacecraft scheduled to land on Mars

Nov. 28
• 3 a.m. Mercury at greatest elongation 20.1 degrees west of the sun at dawn
• 3:49 a.m. Top 10 event: Moon close to Venus, Jupiter, Saturn in Sagittarius at dusk 

Nov. 29
• 2:12 p.m. Recommended event: Moon very close to Saturn in Sagittarius at dusk


December

Dec. 3
• 11:58 p.m. First-quarter moon

Dec. 4
• 9:09 p.m. Moon at apogee: 251,311 miles

Dec. 10
• 8 p.m. Moon close to bright star Aldebaran in Taurus

Dec. 11
• 10:12 p.m. Full long-night moon

A bright Geminid meteor left its long streak across this photo taken Dec. 14, 1985, from Brasstown Bald Mountain near Young Harris, Georgia. The annual Geminid Meteor Shower can produce up to 120 meteors per hour and will reach its peak of activity Dec. 14, 2019. (Photo by Jimmy Westlake)

Dec. 14
• 10:51 a.m. Moon close to bright stars Pollux and Castor in Gemini
• 11 a.m Top 10 event: Geminid Meteor Shower peaks before dawn, 120 per hour

Dec. 16
• 9:41 p.m. Moon close to bright star Regulus in Leo

Dec. 18
• 1:30 p.m. Moon at perigee: 230,068 miles
• 9:57 p.m. Third-quarter moon

Dec. 21
• 9:19 p.m. Winter solstice

Dec. 22
• 6:49 p.m. Moon close to Mars in Libra before dawn
• 8 p.m. Ursid Meteor Shower peaks, 10 per hour

Dec. 25
• 10:13 p.m. New moon
• 10:18 p.m. Annular solar eclipse (Saudi Arabia, India, Indonesia)

Dec. 27
• 11 a.m. Jupiter in conjunction with sun

Dec. 28
• 6:32 p.m. Recommended event: Moon very close to Venus in Capricornus


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