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Space Calendar for 2016
January 2: Earth at perihelion, the closest point to the Sun
January 9: Venus & Saturn close together in the morning sky!
February 8: Chinese New Year—Year of the Monkey
February 29: Leap Day! Earth’s orbit is 365.2422 days
March 7: Jupiter’s at opposition, opposite the Sun, up all night
March 9: Total Solar Eclipse; Indonesia, Pacific Ocean
March 13: Spring ahead! Daylight Saving Time begins
March 14: Launch of ExoMars by ESA—Orbiter and Lander
March 18: ISS Astronaut Scott Kelly comes home after 1 year
March 19: Spring begins at 11:30pm CDT
April 12: 35th Anniversary, first Space Shuttle Launch-Columbia
May 9: Mercury TRANSIT of the Sun! First since 2006.
May 21: Mars at opposition, opposite the Sun, up all night
June 2: Saturn at opposition, oppisite the Sun, up all night
June 6: Venus at superior conjunction, behind Sun
June 20: Summer Solstice starts at 5:34pm CDT
July 4: Earth at aphelion, the farthest point from the Sun
July 5: Juno - NASA orbiter reaches Jupiter (launched 2011)
July 6: Pluto at opposition
August 13: Perseid meteor shower peaks
August 21: 1 year before big American Total Solar Eclipse in 2017
August 25: Mars & Saturn are close together in the evening sky
August 27: Venus & Jupiter are close together in the evening sky
Sept. 2: Neptune at opposition
Sept. 3: OSIRIS-Rex Launch, NASA mission to asteroid Bennu; sample collection 2019; return Earth 2023
Sept.13: Annular Solar Eclipse in central Africa
Sept. 22: Fall arrives with autumnal equinox at 9:21am CDT
Sept. 25: Jupiter moves behind the Sun
October 14: Uranus at opposition
October 19: ExoMars, ESA orbiter and lander reach Mars
October 29: Venus & Saturn are close together in the evening sky
Nov. 6: Fall back! Daylight Saving Time ends.
Nov 11-15: 50th Anniversary of Last Gemini (XII) flight; NASA Astronauts Jim Lovell & Buzz.
Dec. 10: Saturn moves behind the Sun
Dec. 14: Geminid meteor shower peaks
Dec. 21: Winter Solstice starts at 4:44am CST