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A calendar of interesting astronomical events for 2018 (click here for a PDF version)



January 2018 (click here for the January PDF):

2 : Full Moon – Supermoon – will be 14% larger than normal

3 : Earth at perihelion

3-4 : Peak of Quadrantid meteor shower

7 : Conjunction Jupiter - Mars

11 : Conjunction Moon - Mars

11 : Conjunction Moon - Jupiter

15 : Conjunction Moon - Saturn

15 : Conjunction Moon - Mercury

17 : New Moon

31 : Full Moon (blue Moon), total lunar eclipse visible from North/East Europe, Asia, Australia, North East Africa, North America, North/West South America.



February 2018 (click here for the February PDF):

7 : Conjunction Moon - Jupiter

15 : Partial solar eclipse visible from South of South America

15 : New Moon

21 : Conjunction Venus - Neptune

25 : Conjunction Mercury - Neptune

28 : Expedition 54 – Landing – ISS. Landing in Kazakhstan



March 2018 (click here for the March PDF):

1 : ISS expedition 55 launch

3 : Full Moon

5 : Conjunction Mercury - Venus

7 : Conjunction Moon – Jupiter

10 : Conjunction Moon – Mars

11 : Conjunction Moon - Saturn

17 : New Moon

18 : Conjunction Mercury – Venus

18 : Conjunction Moon – Mercury

18 : Conjunction Moon - Venus

20 : Vernal equinox

29 : Conjunction Venus - Uranus

31 : Full Moon – Blue Moon

31 : Google Lunar X Prize deadline



April 2018 (click here for the April PDF):

2 : Conjunction Mars – Saturn

3 : Conjunction Moon – Jupiter

7 : Conjunction Moon – Saturn

7 : Conjunction Moon – Mars

12 : International Day of Human Space Flight

14 : Conjunction Moon - Mercury

16 : New Moon

17 : Conjunction Moon - Venus

22-23 : Peak of Lyrid meteor shower

30 : Conjunction Moon - Jupiter



May 2018 (click here for the May PDF):

4 : Conjunction Moon - Saturn

5 : InSight Mars Lander launch on Alliance Atlas 5

6 : Peak of Eta Aquarid meteor shower

6 : Conjunction Moon - Mars

9 : Jupiter at opposition

12 : Conjunction Mercury – Uranus

13 : Conjunction Moon - Mercury

15 : New Moon

17 : Conjunction Moon – Venus

27 : Conjunction Moon - Jupiter

29 : Full Moon



June 2018 (click here for the June PDF):

1 : Conjunction Moon – Saturn

3 : Conjunction Moon - Mars

13 : New Moon

16 : Conjunction Moon - Venus

21 : Summer solstice

23 : Conjunction Moon - Jupiter

27 : Saturn at opposition

28 : Full Moon

28 : Conjunction Moon – Saturn

30 : International Asteroid Day



July 2018 (click here for the July PDF):

1 : Conjunction Moon - Mars

6 : Earth at aphelion

13 : New Moon

13 : Partial solar eclipse visible in Southern most Australia

14 : Conjunction Moon – Mercury

16 : Conjunction Moon – Venus

20 : Conjunction Moon – Jupiter

25 : Conjunction Moon - Saturn

27 : Full Moon

27 : Total lunar eclipse visible from much of Europe, much of Asia, Australia, Africa, South in North America, South America

27 : Mars at opposition

27 : Conjunction Moon - Mars

28-29 : Peak of Delta Aquarids meteor shower

31 : Start launch window for the Parker Solar Probe



August 2018 (click here for the August PDF):

11 : New Moon

11 : Partial solar eclipse visible from North/East Europe, North/West Asia, North in North America

12-13 : Peak of Perseids meteor shower

14 : Conjunction Moon – Venus

17 : Conjunction Moon - Jupiter

19 : End of launch window for the Parker Solar Probe

21 : Conjunction Moon – Saturn

23 : Conjunction Moon - Mars



September 2018 (click here for the September PDF):

7 : Neptune at opposition

9 : New Moon

14 : conjunction Moon – Jupiter

17 : conjunction Moon – Saturn

20 : conjunction Moon - Mars

23 : Autumnal equinox

25 : Full Moon



October 2018 (click here for the October PDF):

8 : Peak of Darconids meteor shower

9 : New Moon

10 : Conjunction Moon – Mercury

11 : Conjunction Moon - Jupiter

14 : Conjunction Mercury – Venus

15 : Moon – Saturn

18 : Conjunction Moon - Mars

21-22 : Peak of Orionids meteor shower

23 : Uranus at opposition

24 : Full Moon

30 : Conjunction of Mercury and Jupiter

No firm date yet, but launch planned for October 2018: BEPICOLOMBO launch on Ariane 5 – Collaboration with JAXA – planned arrival at Mercury 2 October 2021 – Mission end 1 may 2028



November 2018 (click here for the November PDF):

5-6 : Peak of Taurids meteor shower

6 : Conjunction Moon Venus

7 : New Moon

8 : Conjunction Moon – Jupiter

9 : Conjunction Moon – Mercury

11 : Conjunction Moon – Saturn

16 : Conjunction Moon - Mars

17-18 : Peak of Leonids meteor shower

23 : Full Moon



December 2018 (click here for the December PDF):

3 : Conjunction Moon – Venus

5 : Conjunction Moon - Mercury

7 : New Moon

7 : Conjunction Mars – Neptune

9 : Conjunction Moon - Saturn

13-14 : Peak of Geminids meteor shower

14 : Conjunction Moon - Mars

21 : Winter solstice

21-22 : Peak of Ursids meteor shower

21 : Conjunction Mercury - Jupiter




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