Occultations of planets and bright stars are by the Moon unless noted otherwise.  General locations are given for these occultations.  For observers outside these locations, close conjunctions of the Moon and objects may be observed.

All times are given in Universal Time (UT).  To calculate the time for your location, use the following table.  Take the UT time and add the time in the table for your time zone.

Time Zone Convertion Table

Time Zone Standard Time Daylight Savings
Eastern Standard Time (EST) -5 hours -4 hours
Central Standard Time (CST) -6 hours -5 hours
Mountain Standard Time (MST) -7 hours -6 hours
Pacific Standard Time (PST) -8 hours -7 hours



2009 Events

Date Time (UT) Event
January    
     
3 13 Quadrantids meteor shower peaks. Up to 120 per hour
4 14 Mercury greatest elongation east. Visible after sunset
4 15 Earth at perihelion (closest to sun) at 147 million km.
4 21 Venus greatest elongation east. Visible after sunset
21 13 Antares occultation in Pacific Ocean, S. America, Atlantic Ocean
26 Annular solar eclipse Indian Ocean, Indonesia
February    
     
4 3 Moon about a degree north of Pleiades (M45)
9 Penumbral lunar eclipse western North America and the Pacific Ocean
13 21 Mercury greatest elongation west. Visible before sunrise
17 10 Mars 0.6 degrees S of Jupiter
17 21 Antares occultation Indonesia, Australia, Oceania
19 15 Venus greatest illuminated extent
22 22 Mercury occultation China, Japan, Siberia, Alaska
23 1 Jupiter occultation SE Asia, Siberia
23 8 Mars 1.7 degrees S of Moon
24 3 Mercury 0.6 degrees S of Jupiter
25 14 Ceres at opposition
March    
     
1 20 Mercury 0.6 degrees S of Mars
3 8 Moon passes about a degree north of Pleiades (M45)
8 Daylight Saving Time begins
8 20 Saturn at opposition
20 12 Spring Equinox in N. Hemisphere, Autumn Equinox in S. Hemisphere
22 21 Jupiter 1.5 degrees S of Moon
27 19 Venus in inferior conjunction
30 14 Moon passes about a degree north of Pleiades (M45)
April    
     
4 9 Moon passes 1.7 degrees south of Beehive (M44)
13 13 Antares occultation in Pacific Ocean, Mexico, Guatemala
19 16 Jupiter 2 degrees S of Moon
22 14 Venus occultation in western N. America
26 8 Mercury greatest elongation east. Visible after sunset
26 16 Mercury 1.9 degrees S of Moon
26 21 Moon passes about half a degree north of Pleiades (M45)
29 2 Moon 1.8 degrees N of M35
May    
     
2 0 Venus greatest illuminated extent
10 21 Antares occultation in United States, Mexico, Central America
25 13 Jupiter 0.4 degrees S of Neptune
26 10 Moon 1.6 degrees N of M35
June    
     
5 21 Venus greatest elongation west. Visible before sunrise
7 4 Antares occultation in United States, Mexico, Central America
13 12 Mercury greatest elongation west. Visible before sunrise
15 23 Juno occultation in Malaysia, Indonesia, Melanesia
19 14 Venus 2 degrees S of Mars
20 17 Moon passes about half a degree north of Pleiades (M45)
21 6 Summer Solstice in N Hemisphere, Winter Solstice in S Hemisphere
23 8 Pluto at opposition
July    
     
4 10 Antares occultation in Japan, Hawaii, Polynesia
7 Penumbral lunar eclipse
13 19 Jupiter 0.6 degrees S of Neptune
18 3 Moon about half a degree north of Pleiades (M45)
22 Total solar eclipse India, China, Pacific Ocean
28 20 South Delta-Aquarid meteor shower peak
31 16 Antares occultation in Europe, Asia
August    
     
2 19 Mercury 0.6 degrees N of Regulus
5 Penumbral lunar eclipse
12 18 Perseid meteor shower peaks
14 11 Moon about half a degree north of Pleiades (M45)
14 18 Jupiter at opposition
17 21 Venus 1.7 degrees S of Moon
17 21 Neptune at opposition
18 7 Vesta occultation Europe, Asia
24 16 Mercury greatest elongation east. Visible after sunset
27 22 Antares occultation in United States, Mexico, Central America
September    
     
1 Aurigid meteor shower peaks
2 3 Venus 1.5 degrees S of Beehive (M44)
3 5 Jupiter without Galilean satellites
10 16 Moon about half a degree north of Pleiades (M45)
16 18 Venus 3 degrees N of Moon
17 10 Uranus at opposition
20 10 Venus 0.5 degrees N of Regulus
22 21 Autumn Equinox in N Hemisphere, Spring Equinox in S Hemisphere
24 6 Antares occultation in China, Japan, Russia, Pacific Ocean
October    
     
6 2 Mercury at greatest elongation west. Visible before sunrise
8 7 Draconid meteor shower peaks
8 9 Mercury 0.3 degrees S of Saturn
10 5 Moon 1.2 degrees N of M35
12 1 Mars occultation in S Indian Ocean, Kerguelen Islands
13 15 Venus 0.6 degrees S of Saturn
21 15 Antares occultation in Europe
November    
     
1 Daylight Saving Time ends
December    
     
14 5 Geminid meteor shower peaks
18 8 Mercury 1.4 degrees S of Moon
18 17 Mercury greatest elongation east. Visible after sunset
20 5 Jupiter 0.6 degrees S of Neptune
21 18 Winter Solstice in N Hemisphere, Summer Solstice in S Hemisphere
31 19 "Blue Moon" second Full Moon in month
31 Partial lunar eclipse Europe, Africa, Asia

Source: RASC - Observer's Handbook 2009