May 30th, 2016
Waning Crescent Moon
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Night Sky Calendar

  Date Title Description
  06/12/2016 1st Quarter Moon, June 2016

1st Quarter Moon, June 12, 2:10 AM, MDT

  06/20/2016 Full Moon, June 2016

Full Moon, June 20, 5:02 AM, MDT

  06/20/2016
12:00am
Summer (June) Solstice, 2016

This event occurs on the 20th at 4:34 PM, Mountain Daylight Time.

The summer solstice for the northern hemisphere occurs when the Sun is at its highest point in the sky around noon. It is about 23.5 degrees north of the celestial equator. The Sun rises its farthest north of east and sets its farthest north of west. Daytime is near its longest and nighttime near its shortest.

In the southern hemisphere, seasons are reversed. So, the June solstice marks the beginning of winter, and the Sun is at its lowest point in the sky around noon.

  06/27/2016 3rd or Last Quarter Moon, June 2016

3rd or Last Quarter Moon, June 27, 12:19 PM, MDT

  07/04/2016
12:00am
Aphelion, 2016

Earth’s farthest distance from the Sun for the year, known as aphelion, occurs on July 4th, 2016 at 10:24 AM.

  07/11/2016 1st Quarter Moon, July 2016

1st Quarter Moon, July 11, 6:52 PM, MDT.
Some calendar may show this event on the 12th, due to time zone specifics. The event occurs on the 12th, Eastern Daylight Time.

  07/19/2016 Full Moon, July 2016

Full Moon, July 19, 4:56 PM, MDT

  07/26/2016 3rd or Last Quarter Moon, July 2016

3rd or Last Quarter Moon, July 26, 5:00 PM, MDT

  07/28/2016
12:00am
Meteor Shower-Southern delta-Aquariids

Peak: 7/29/16
See http://meteorshowersonline.com/showers/delta_aquarids.html for more information.

  08/01/2016
12:00am
Day of Lammas

August 1st each year is a forgotten astronomical event known as a crossquarter day. For more information, check out our blog post here: http://clarkplanetarium.org/day-of-lammas-a-forgotten-crossquarter-day/

  08/10/2016 1st Quarter Moon, August 2016

1st Quarter Moon, August 10, 12:21 PM, MDT

  08/18/2016 Full Moon, August 2016

Full Moon, August 18, 3:26 AM, MDT

  08/24/2016 3rd or Last Quarter Moon, August 2016

3rd or Last Quarter Moon, August 24, 9:41 PM, MDT.

Some calendars may show this event occurring on the following date due to time zone differences.

  09/09/2016 1st Quarter Moon, September 2016

1st Quarter Moon, September 9, 5:49 AM, MDT

  09/16/2016 Full Moon, September 2016

Full Moon, September 16, 1:05 PM, MDT

  09/22/2016
12:00am
Autumnal (September) Equinox, 2016

9/22/16, 8:21 am, MDT

The autumnal equinox occurs when the Sun crosses the celestial equator from the northern half of the sky to the southern half of the sky. Consequently, daytime and nighttime are both about 12 hours long. The Sun rises due east and sets due west on the equinox date.

In the southern hemisphere seasons are reversed. So, the September equinox marks the beginning of spring.

  09/23/2016 3rd or Last Quarter Moon, September 2016

3rd or Last Quarter Moon, September 23, 3:56 AM, MDT

  10/08/2016 1st Quarter Moon, October 2016

1st Quarter Moon, October 8, 10:33 PM, MDT.
Some calendar may show this event on the 9th due to time zone specifics. The event occurs on the 9th, Eastern Daylight Time.

  10/15/2016 Full Moon, October 2016

Full Moon, October 15, 10:23 PM, MDT.

Some calendar may show this event on the following date due to time zone changes.

  10/22/2016 3rd or Last Quarter Moon, October 2016

3rd or Last Quarter Moon, October 22, 1:14 PM, MDT

  10/30/2016 New Moon, October 2016

New Moon, October 30, 11:38 AM, MDT

  10/31/2016
12:00am
Halloween

Halloween is an astronomical crossquarter day. For more information, check out our blog post here: http://clarkplanetarium.org/so-when-is-halloween/

  11/06/2016
12:00am
Daylight Saving Time Ends, 2016

Sunday, November 6th.
Set clocks back one hour at 2 am.

  11/07/2016 1st Quarter Moon, November 2016

1st Quarter Moon, November 7, 12:51 PM, MST

  11/14/2016 Full Moon, November 2016

Full Moon, November 14, 6:52 AM, MST

  11/21/2016 3rd or Last Quarter Moon, November 2016

3rd or Last Quarter Moon, November 21, 1:33 AM, MST

  11/29/2016 New Moon, November 2016

New Moon, November 29, 5:18 AM, MST

  12/07/2016 1st Quarter Moon, December 2016

1st Quarter Moon, December 7, 2:03 AM, MST

  12/13/2016 Full Moon, December 2016

Full Moon, December 13, 5:05 PM, MST.

Some calendars may show this event on the following date due to time zone changes.

  12/20/2016 3rd or Last Quarter Moon, December 2016

3rd or Last Quarter Moon, December 20, 6:56 PM, MST.
Some calendars may show this event on the 21st due to time zone specifics. The event occurs on the 21st, Eastern Standard Time.

  12/21/2016
12:00am
Winter (December) Solstice, 2016

12/21/16, 3:44 AM, MST

The winter solstice for the northern hemisphere occurs when the Sun is at its lowest point in the sky around noon. It is about 23.5 degrees south of the celestial equator. The Sun rises its farthest south of east and sets its farthest south of west. Daytime is near its shortest and nighttime near its longest.

In the southern hemisphere, seasons are reversed. So, the December solstice marks the beginning of summer, and the Sun is at its highest point in the sky around noon.

  12/28/2016 New Moon, December 2016

New Moon, December 28, 11:53 PM, MST.

Some calendars will show this event on the following date due to time zone changes.

  03/12/2017
12:00am
Daylight Saving Time Begins, 2017

Sunday, March 12th.
Set clocks ahead one hour at 2 am.

  03/20/2017
12:00am
Vernal (March) Equinox, 2017

The vernal equinox occurs when the Sun crosses the celestial equator from the southern half of the sky to the northern half of the sky. Consequently, daytime and nighttime are both about 12 hours long. The Sun rises due east and sets due west on the equinox date.

In the southern hemisphere seasons are reversed. So, the March equinox marks the beginning of autumn.

March 20th, 2017, 4:29 AM, MDT.

  06/20/2017
12:00am
Summer (June) Solstice, 2017

The summer solstice for the northern hemisphere occurs when the Sun is at its highest point in the sky around noon. It is about 23.5 degrees north of the celestial equator. The Sun rises its farthest north of east and sets its farthest north of west. Daytime is near its longest and nighttime near its shortest.

In the southern hemisphere, seasons are reversed. So, the June solstice marks the beginning of winter, and the Sun is at its lowest point in the sky around noon.

June 20th, 10:24 PM, MDT. Some calendars may show this event on the 21st due to time zone differences.

  08/21/2017
12:00am
Total Solar Eclipse

This is the big one! The first total solar eclipse in the continental US since 1979. The path of totality stretches from northern Oregon to South Carolina. More details can be found on NASA’s eclipse page: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEgoogle/SEgoogle2001/SE2017Aug21Tgoogle.html

  09/22/2017
12:00am
Autumnal (September) Equinox, 2017

September 22nd, 2:02 PM, MDT.

The autumnal equinox occurs when the Sun crosses the celestial equator from the northern half of the sky to the southern half of the sky. Consequently, daytime and nighttime are both about 12 hours long. The Sun rises due east and sets due west on the equinox date.

In the southern hemisphere seasons are reversed. So, the September equinox marks the beginning of spring.

  11/05/2017
12:00am
Daylight Saving Time Ends, 2017

Sunday, November 5th.
Set clocks back one hour at 2 am.

  12/21/2017
12:00am
Winter (December) Solstice, 2017

December 21st, 9:28 AM, MST.

The winter solstice for the northern hemisphere occurs when the Sun is at its lowest point in the sky around noon. It is about 23.5 degrees south of the celestial equator. The Sun rises its farthest south of east and sets its farthest south of west. Daytime is near its shortest and nighttime near its longest.

In the southern hemisphere, seasons are reversed. So, the December solstice marks the beginning of summer, and the Sun is at its highest point in the sky around noon.

  01/31/2018
12:00am
Total Lunar Eclipse

January 31st, 2018 will be next best lunar eclipse for the Intermountain West. It will begin before 5 am and end just after 8 am. More information can be found on NASA’s eclipse page here: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEplot/LEplot2001/LE2018Jan31T.pdf

  01/20/2019
12:00am
Total Lunar Eclipse

2019 starts off with a great total lunar eclipse on the night of January 20th. Don’t get the date confused. Calendars may show this eclipse on the 21st due to time zone preferences, but it begins at 8:33 PM and ends at 11:50 PM, MST, on the 20th. See NASA’s eclipse graph here:  http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEplot/LEplot2001/LE2019Jan21T.pdf

  10/24/2023
12:00am
Annular Solar Eclipse

Annular solar eclipses are truly a rare treat. Here’s a link to NASA’s eclipse information: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEplot/SEplot2001/SE2023Oct14A.GIF

  04/08/2024
12:00am
Total Solar Eclipse

The path of totality stretches from Texas to New England. Visit NASA’s eclipse page here: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEplot/SEplot2001/SE2024Apr08T.GIF

  08/12/2045
12:00am
Total Solar Eclipse

The only total solar eclipse in your lifetime to pass through Utah! See NASA’s eclipse graph here: http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEplot/SEplot2001/SE2045Aug12T.GIF

If you miss this one, the next total solar eclipse to pass through Utah will be in 2106…