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2008 CELESTIAL CALENDAR

This is an astronomy calendar of the major celestial events that take place in the year 2008. A feast to behold for the eyes. This includes the moon phases, meteor showers, eclipses, major planetary conjunctions, occultation and the like.

The events listed here can be viewed by our naked eyes and some with the help of binoculars. This would be a great guide to the night sky viewers, both amateurs and experts in the field.

Happy Viewing!!

Jan  |   Feb  |  Mar   |  Apr   |   May  |  June  |   July   |  Aug  |  Sep  |  Oct  |  Nov  |  Dec |

January

SUN
6
13
20
27
MON
7
14
21
28
TUES
1
8
New Moon
15
22
Full Moon
29
WED
2
9
16
23
30
THU
3
10
17
24
31
FRI
4
11
18
25
SAT
5
12
19
26

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February

SUN
3
10
17
24
Saturn at Opposition. The ringed planet will be at its closest approach to Earth. This is the best time to view and photograph Saturn and its moons.
MON
4
11
18
25
TUES

5

12
19
26
WED
6
13
20
27
THU
7
New MoonAnnular Solar Eclipse. The path of annularity will only be visible over some parts of Antarctica. A partial eclipse will be visible throughout New Zealand and some parts of eastern Australia.
14
21
Full MoonTotal Lunar Eclipse. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of the Americas, Africa, and Europe.
28
FRI
1
Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. The planets Venus and Jupiter will appear only 0.6 degrees apart in the early morning sky.
8
15
22
29
SAT
2
9
16
23

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March

SUN
30
2
9
16
23
MON
31
3
10
17
24
TUES

4

11
18
25
WED
5
12
19
26
THU
6
13
20
 The Vernal Equinox occurs in the northern hemisphere at 05:48 UT. There will be equal amounts of day and night. This is also the first day of spring.
27
FRI  
7
New Moon
14
21
Full Moon
28
SAT
1
8
15
22
29

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April

SUN
6
New Moon
13
20
Full Moon
27
MON
7
14
21
28
TUES
1

8

15
22
29
WED
2
9
16
23
30
THU
3
10
17
24
 
FRI 4
11
18
25
 
SAT
5
12
19
26
 

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May

SUN
4
11
18
25
MON
5
New Moon
12
19
26
TUES

6

13
20
Full Moon
27
WED
7
14
21
28
THU
1
8
15
22
29
FRI 2
9
16
23
30
SAT
3
10
17
24
31

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June

SUN
1
8
15
22
29
MON
2
9
16
23
30
TUES
3
New Moon
10
17
24
WED
4
11
18
Full Moon
25
THU
5
12
19
26
FRI
6
13
20
The Summer Solstice occurs in the northern hemisphere at 23:59 UT. The Sun is at its highest point in the sky and it will be the longest day of the year. This is also the first day of summer.
27
SAT
7
14
21
28

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July

SUN
6
13
20
27
MON
7
14
21
28
TUES
1

8

15
22
29
WED
2
9
Jupiter at Opposition. The giant planet will be at its closest approach to Earth. This is the best time to view  and photograph Jupiter and its moons.
16
23
30
THU
3
New Moon
10
17
24
31
FRI 4
11
18
Full Moon
25
 
SAT
5
12
19
26
 

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August

SUN
31
3
10
17
24
MON
4
11
18
25
TUES

5

12
19
26
WED
6
13
20
27
THU
7
14
21
28
FRI
1
New MoonTotal Solar Eclipse. The path of totality will begin in northern Canada and move east and south through northern Greenland, Siberia, Mongolia, and central China. A partial eclipse will be visible throughout most of Greenland, Europe, And Asia.
8
15
Neptune at Opposition. The blue planet will be at its closest approach to Earth. This is the best time to view Neptune, although it will only appear as a tiny blue dot in all but the most powerful telescopes.
22
29
SAT
2
9
16
Full MoonPartial Lunar Eclipse.The eclipse will be visible throughout most of South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.
23
30
New Moon

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September

SUN
7
14
21
28
MON
1
8
15
Full Moon
22
The Autumnal Equinox occurs in the northern hemisphere at 15:44 UT. There will be equal amounts of day and night. This is also the first day of fall.
29
New Moon
TUES
2

9

16
23
30
WED
3
10
17
24
 
THU
4
11
18
25
 
FRI
5
12
19
26
 
SAT
6
13
Uranus at Opposition. The blue-green planet will be at its closest approach to Earth. This is the best time to view Uranus, although it will only appear as a tiny blue-green dot in all but the most powerful telescopes.
20
27

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October

SUN
5
12
19
26
MON
6
13
20
27
TUES

7

14
Full Moon
21
28
New Moon
WED
1
8
15
22
29
THU
2
9
16
23
30
FRI
3
10
17
24
31
SAT
4
11
18
25
1

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November

SUN
30
2
9
16
23
MON
3
10
17
24
TUES

4

11
18
25
WED
5
12
19
26
THU
6
13
Full Moon
20
27
New Moon
FRI
7
14
21
28
SAT
1
8
15
22
29

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December

SUN
7
14
21
The Winter Solstice occurs in the northern hemisphere at 12:04 UT. The Sun is at its lowest point in the sky and it will be the shortest day of the year. This is also the first day of winter.
28
MON
1
Conjunction of Moon, Venus, and Jupiter. The crescent moon, Venus, and Jupiter will form a 3-degree triangle in the evening sky.
8
15
22
29
TUES
2

9

16
23
30
WED
3
10
17
24
31
THU
4
11
18
25
 
FRI
5
12
Full Moon
19
26
 
SAT
6
13
20
27
New Moon
 

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 Legend

Full Moon
Full Moon
Planetary Event
Planetary Event
New Moon
New Moon
Occultation
Occultation
Lunar Eclipse
Lunar Eclipse
Conjunction
Conjunction
Solar Eclipse
Solar Eclipse
Meteor Shower
Meteor Shower
Solar Event
Solar Event
Comet
Comet

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