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Astronomical agenda for 2012

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Remarkable events

Total Solar Eclipse (13th November))

Annular Solar eclipse (20th of may)

Transit of Venus (5-6 th June)

It will not be visible from Spain.

The entire transit will be visible from northwestern North America, Hawaii, western Pacific, northern Asia, Japan, Korea, eastern China, the Philippines, eastern Australia and New Zealand.

Leonids 2012 (13-21 of November)

Tables

Sun

Changes of season

Date Exact hour
Spring 20th March 05h 14m UT
Summer 20st June 23h 09m UT
Autumn 22nd September 14h 49m UT
Winter 21st December 11h 11m UT

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

Earth's orbit

Date Distance to the Sun
Perihelion (minimum distance) 5th January Km
Afhelion (maximum distance) 5th July Km

Moon

Lunar phases ( UT ):

New Moon Crescent Moon Full Moon Waning Moon
  01/01/2012 09/01/2012 16/01/2012
23/01/2012 31/01/2012 07/02/2012 14/02/2012
21/02/2012 01/03/2012 08/03/2012 15/03/2012
22/03/2012 30/03/2012 06/04/2012 13/04/2012
21/04/2012 29/04/2012 06/05/2012 12/05/2012
20/05/2012 28/05/2012 04/06/2012 11/06/2012
19/06/2012 27/06/2012 03/07/2012 11/07/2012
19/07/2012 26/07/2012 02/08/2012 09/08/2012
17/08/2012 24/08/2012 31/08/2012 08/09/2012
16/09/2012 22/09/2012 30/09/2012 08/10/2012
15/10/2012 22/10/2012 29/10/2012 07/11/2012
13/11/2012 20/11/2012 28/11/2012 06/12/2012
13/12/2012 20/12/2012 28/12/2012  

Moon's orbit

Perigee (minimum distance) Apogee (maximum distance)
17 January 11 February 10 March 02 January 30 January 27 February
07 April 06 May 03 June

26 March

22 April 19 May
01 July 29 August 23 August 16 June 13 July 10 August
19 September 17 October 14 November 07 September 05 October 01 November
12 December   28 November 25 December

Information about the planets ( UT ):

Mercury

Day Hour Event
     
5 March 09 h Max Elong East
     
18 April 18 h Max Elong West
     
1 july 02 h Max Elong East
     
16 August 12 h Max Elong West
     
26 October 22 h Max Elong East
     
4 December 23 h Max Elong West
     

Venus

Day Hour Event
27 March 08 h Max Elong East
15 August 09 h Max Elong West

Mars

3 March 20 h Opposition

Jupiter

Day Hour Event
3 December 02 h Opposition
13 May 13 h Conjunction

Saturn

Day Hour Event
15 April 18 h Opposition
25 October 09 h Conjunction

Uranus

Day Hour Event
24 March 18 h Conjunction
29 September 29 h Opposition

Neptune

Day Hour Event
19 February 21 h Conjunction
24 August 13 h Opposition

Eclipses

Solar eclipses

Type Day Hour of the maximum Visibility
Anular 21 May 23h 52m TU West of Xina, south Japan, West of the USA
Total 13 November 22h 12m TU Northest of Australia, South Pacific

Lunar eclipses

Type Day Hour of the maximum Visibility
Parcial 4 June 11h 03m TU Asia, Australia, Pacific Ocean, America
Penumbral 28 November 14h 33m TU Europ, East Africa, Asia, Australia, Pacific, North America.

Other Events

Meteors Shower

Leonids 2012 (13-21 of November)
Name Days Maximum aprox Constelation around the radiant Meteors per hour (aprox)
Quadrantids 1-5 January 3 January Bootes 120
Lyrid 15-28 April 22 April Lyra 15
Eta-Aquarid 19 April - 28 May 6 May Aquarius 60
Arietid 22 May-2 July 7 June Aries 54
Delta Aquarid 12 july-19 August 28 July Aquarius 20
Perseids 17 July - 24 August 12 August Perseus 90
Orionids 2October-7 November 21 October Orion 20
Leonids 14 - 21 November 17 October Leo variable
Geminids 7 17 December 14 December Gemini 120
 
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