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Astronomical agenda for 2008


Remarkable events



Changes of season

Date Exact hour
Spring 20th March 05h 48m UT
Summer 20th June 23h 59m UT
Autumn 22nd September 15h 44m UT
Winter 21st December 12h 04m UT

Sunrise and sunset hours for any place(Calculation tool in javascript).

Earth's orbit

Date Distance to the Sun
Perihelion (minimum distance) 3rd January 147.096.501 km
Afhelion (maximum distance) 4th July 152.104.317 km

Lunar phases ( UT ):

08/01/2008 15/01/2008 22/01/2008 30/01/2008
07/02/2008 14/02/2008 21/02/2008 29/02/2008
07/03/2008 14/03/2008 21/03/2008 29/03/2008
06/04/2008 12/04/2008 20/04/2008 28/04/2008
05/05/2008 12/05/2008 20/05/2008 28/05/2008
03/06/2008 10/06/2008 18/06/2008 26/06/2008
03/07/2008 10/07/2008 18/07/2008 25/07/2008
01/08/2008 08/08/2008 16/08/2008 23/08/2008
30/08/2008 07/09/2008 15/09/2008 22/09/2008
29/09/2008 07/10/2008 14/10/2008 21/10/2008
28/10/2008 06/11/2008 13/11/2008 19/11/2008
27/11/2008 05/12/2008 12/12/2008 19/12/2008

Moon's orbit

Perigee (minimum distance) Apogee (maximum distance)
19th January 14th February 10th March 3rd January 31st January 28th February
7th April 6th May 3rd June 26th March 23rd April 20th May
1st July 29th July 26th August 16th June 14th July 10th August
20th September 17th October 14th November 7th September 5th October 2nd November
12th December     29th November 26th December

Information about the planets ( UT ):


Day Hour Event
22nd January 05h Max. East elongation (18.6º)
6th February 18h Inferior Conjunction
3rd March 11h Max. West elongation (27.1º)
16th April 07h Superior Conjunction
14th May 04h Max. East elongation (21.8º)
7th June 15h Inferior Conjunction
1st July 18h Max. West elongation (21.8º)
29th July 20h Superior Conjunction
11th September 04h Max. East elongation (26.9º)
6th Octobe 21h Inferior Conjunction
22nd October 09h Max. West elongation (18.3º)
25th November 17h Superior Conjunction


Day Hour Event
9th June 04h Superior Conjunction


Day Hour Event
5th December 22h Conjunction


Day Hour Event
9th July 09h Opposition


Day Hour Event
24th February 09h Opposition
4th September 02h Conjunction


Day Hour Event
9th March 05h Conjunction
13th September 11h Opposition


Day Hour Event
10th February 20h Conjunction
15th August 01h Opposition


Solar eclipses

Type Day Hour of the maximum Visibility
Annular 7th February 03h 56m UT Annularity will be visible only from some areas of Antarctica. It will be partial over the rest of this continent, New Zealand and Eastern Australia.
Total 1st August 10h 25m UT Total in Northern Canada, Greenland, Siberia, Mongolia and China. Partial in Eastern Northamerica, and Northern Europe and Asia.

Lunar eclipses

Type Day Hour of the maximum Visibility
Total 21st February 03h 29m UT Europe, America, Middle East, Western Asia and Africa
Partial 16th August 21h 10m UT Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and Eastern Southamerica.

Other Events

Meteor showers

Name Days of activity Maximum ZHR
Quadrantids 1-5 January 4 January 120
η-Aquarids 19 April - 28 May 5 May 70+
Boötids of June 22 June - 2 July 27 June variable (0 - 100+)
Perseids 17 July - 24 August 12 August 100
Draconids 6-10 October 8 October peridic (storm?)
Leonids 10-23 November 17 November 435+ (difficult because of the Full Moon at the peak) ( predictions by Maslov)
α-Monocerotids 15-25 November 21 November 5 (up to 400+, at peak)
Ursids 7-26 December 22 December 10 (up to 50, occasionally)

These data have mainly been obtained from the Planetary Phenomena 2008]] from NASA, the OAN and the ROA , and from the calendars of the IMO .

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