Southern Sky Highlights for 2013

posted: 1781 days ago, on Tuesday, 2012 Dec 04 at 14:38
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The stargazing highlights for 2013, listing the coolest sky events visible from the southern hemisphere. The calendar below will be updated with photographs taken throughout the year.

Find out more about astronomy in 2013 in the Sky Guide, the astronomical handbook for Southern Africa, published jointly by the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa and Struik Nature.

Download single-page PDF of the "Best of 2013" calendar (122k)

January

01 Regulus near the Moon

05 Last Quarter

05 Jupiter in evening sky

06 Mercury near Pluto

07 Moon and Saturn (dawn)

07 Sunspots!

10 Moon and Venus (dawn)

11 New Moon

18 Mercury in superior conjunction

18 alpha Crucid meteor shower (Jan 18-20)

19 First Quarter

21 Moon, Jupiter and Pleiades (dusk)

22 Jupiter,Aldebaran near the Moon

23 Moon furthest north

27 Full Moon

29 Regulus near the Moon

30 Jupiter stationary

February

02 Moon occults Spica

03 Last Quarter Moon and Saturn (morning)

04 Mars and Neptune (24')

05 Mars and Mercury (dusk)

06 Moon furthest south

07 Mercury and Neptune (25')

08 Mercury and Mars (15')

08 alpha Centaurid meteor shower (Feb 8-9)

09 Moon and Venus (dawn)

10 New Moon

11 Mars,Mercury near the Moon

15 2012 D14 near-Earth flyby!

16 Mercury at max eastern elongation

17 First Quarter

18 Moon, Jupiter and Hyades (dusk)

19 Saturn stationary

22 Mercury at conjunction

25 Full Moon

26 Mercury near Mars

28 Venus and Neptune (43')

March

04 Last Quarter

05 Moon furthest south

07 Mercury near Venus

11 New Moon, Venus near

12 Mars near the Moon

12 gamma Normid meteor shower (Mar 12-14)

13 Uranus near the Moon

15 Saturn occults 9.2-mag star (morning)

16 Mercury near Neptune (dawn)

16 ISS transits the Sun

17 Moon, Jupiter and Hyades (dusk)

18 Jupiter & Aldebaran near the Moon

19 First Quarter

20 Equinox (start of autumn)

22 Mars and Uranus (0.6')

27 Full Moon

29 Moon and Saturn (evening)

29 Venus and Uranus (40')

April

01 Mercury at max. elongation

03 Last Quarter

06 Neptune near the Moon

07 Venus and Mars (38')

08 Moon and Mercury (dawn)

09 Uranus near the Moon

10 New Moon

13 Moon, Pleiades and Hyades (dusk)

14 Jupiter, Aldebaran near the Moon

15 Moon furthest north

18 First Quarter

19 Mercury and Uranus (dawn)

20 Mercury and Uranus (111')

21 Regulus near the Moon

25 Full Moon and Saturn (evening)

25 Partial lunar eclipse

26 Saturn near the Moon

28 Saturn at opposition

30 Pluto near the Moon

May

02 Last Quarter

04 Neptune near the Moon

06 Uranus near the Moon

07 Mercury near Mars

08 Mercury and Mars (24')

09 Mars,Mercury near the Moon

10 New Moon

11 Moon and Hyades (dusk)

12 Jupiter near the Moon (dusk)

17 Venus near Aldebaran

18 First Quarter

22 Moon, Spica and Saturn (dusk)

22 Venus, Jupiter and Mercury (dusk)

24 Mercury and Venus (81')

25 Full Moon

26 Moon furthest south

27 Mercury near Jupiter

28 Venus and Jupiter (60')

31 Last Quarter

June

03 Uranus near the Moon

07 Moon, Mars, Pleiades and Hyades (dawn)

08 New Moon

09 Jupiter near the Moon

10 Moon, Mercury and Venus (dusk)

12 Mercury at max.elongation

14 Mars near Aldebaran

15 Venus and Mercury (dusk)

16 First Quarter

18 Moon occults Spica

19 Moon and Saturn (dusk)

20 Mercury and Venus (115')

21 Venus and Vesta (dusk)

23 Full Moon (largest)

24 Pluto near the Moon

26 Mercury stationary

27 Neptune near the Moon

30 Last Quarter

July

02 Pluto at opposition

05 Moon and Hyades (dawn)

06 Moon and Mars (dawn)

07 Moon and Jupiter (dawn)

08 New Moon

09 Ramadan

10 Moon and Venus (dusk)

12 Regulus near the Moon

16 First Quarter Moon, Spica and Saturn (dusk)

16 Jupiter, Mars and Mercury (dawn)

17 Saturn near the Moon

19 Venus and Regulus (dusk)

22 Full Moon

22 Mars and Jupiter (47')

25 Neptune near the Moon

29 Last Quarter

30 Mercury at max.elongation

August

01 Moon and Hyades (dawn)

03 Jupiter near the Moon

04 Moon, Jupiter, Mars & Mercury (dawn)

06 New Moon

07 Shawwal?

09 Moon and Venus (dusk)

10 Venus near the Moon

12 Moon, Spica and Saturn (dusk)

14 First Quarter

16 Moon furthest south

21 Full Moon

23 Venus, Saturn and Spica (dusk)

24 Mercury at superior conjunction

27 Neptune at opposition

28 Last Quarter Moon, Pleiades and Hyades (dawn)

29 Moon furthest north

31 Moon and Jupiter (dawn)

September

01 Moon, Jupiter and Mars (dawn)

02 Venus, Spica and Saturn (dusk)

04 Regulus near the Moon

05 New Moon

06 Venus near Spica

07 Moon, Spica, Venus and Saturn (dusk)

08 Spica,Venus near the Moon

09 Saturn near the Moon

12 Mercury, Spica, Venus & Saturn (dusk)

12 First Quarter

17 Neptune near the Moon

18 Venus near Saturn

19 Full Moon

20 Pluto stationary

22 Equinox

24 Moon, Pleiades and Hyades (dusk)

25 Aldebaran near the Moon

27 Last Quarter

28 Moon and Jupiter (dusk)

October

01 Moon, Mars and Regulus (dawn)

03 Uranus at opposition

05 New Moon

06 Moon, Mercury, Saturn & Venus (dusk)

07 Mercury and Saturn near the Moon

08 Venus near the Moon

09 Mercury at max.elongation

12 First Quarter

15 Venus and Antares (dusk)

16 Venus near Antares

18 Penumbral lunar eclipse

19 Full Moon

21 Mercury stationary

22 Aldebaran near the Moon

26 Moon and Jupiter (dawn)

27 Last Quarter

29 Moon and Mars (dawn)

November

01 Venus at max.elongation

02 Spica near the Moon

03 New Moon - Partial solar eclipse (15h)

06 Saturn at conjunction

07 Jupiter stationary

09 Venus and its "moon" (dusk)

10 First Quarter

11 Neptune near the Moon

13 Neptune stationary

17 Full Moon

18 Moon, Pleiades and Hyades (dawn)

19 Moon furthest north

22 Moon and Jupiter (dawn)

25 Last Quarter

26 Mercury and Saturn (19')

27 Moon and Mars (dawn)

29 Spica near the Moon

December

01 Moon, Saturn and Mercury (dawn)

03 New Moon

05 Moon and Venus (dusk)

09 First Quarter

11 Mercury near Antares

15 Moon, Pleiades and Hyades (dusk)

17 Full Moon (smallest)

18 Uranus stationary

19 Moon and Jupiter (dawn)

21 Venus stationary

22 Regulus near the Moon

23 Moon and Regulus (dawn)

25 Last Quarter

26 Moon and Mars (dawn)

27 Moon, Spica and Saturn (dawn)

29 Mercury in superior conjunction

31 Moon furthest south

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