The Night Sky in 2016
>JANUARY 2016
FULL MOON:

January
24th
NEW MOON:

January
10th
HIGHLIGHTS
3rd to 4th - Quarantids Meteor Shower peaks. Best viewed after midnight.

>FEBRUARY 2016
FULL MOON:

February
22nd
NEW MOON:

February
8th
HIGHLIGHTS
7th - Look for Mercury low in the eastern sky just before sunrise.

>MARCH 2016
FULL MOON:

March
23rd
NEW MOON:

March
9th

>APRIL 2016
FULL MOON:

April
22nd
NEW MOON:

April
7th
HIGHLIGHTS
18th - Mercury best viewed in the western sky just after sunset as its in its highest position above horizon.
22nd to 23rd - Lyrids Meteor Shower peaks, best seen after midnight.

>MAY 2016
FULL MOON:

May
21st
NEW MOON:

May
6th
HIGHLIGHTS
6th to 7th - Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower peaks.
9th - Transit of Mercury
22nd - Mars is brighter than at any other time of the year. It will be visible all night long.

>JUNE 2016
FULL MOON:

June
20th
NEW MOON:

June
5th
HIGHLIGHTS
5th - Mercury will be at its highest point above the horizon. Best seen in the eastern sky just before sunrise.

>JULY 2016
FULL MOON:

July
19th
NEW MOON:

July
4th
HIGHLIGHTS
28th to 29th - Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower peaks. Best seen after midnight.

>AUGUST 2016
FULL MOON:

August
18th
NEW MOON:

August
2nd
HIGHLIGHTS
12th to 13th - Perseids Meteor Shower peaks. One of the best meteor showers of the year. Best viewed after midnight as the waxing gibbous moon will set shortly afterwards.
16th - Mercury best viewed in the western sky after sunset.
27th - Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter will be visible in the evening sky just after sunset.

>SEPTEMBER 2016
FULL MOON:

September
16th
NEW MOON:

September
1st
HIGHLIGHTS
28th - Mercury can be seen low in the eastern sky before sunrise.

>OCTOBER 2016
FULL MOON:
SUPERMOON

October
16th
NEW MOON:

October
1st and 30th
HIGHLIGHTS
7th - Draconids Meteor Shower peaks in the early evening.
15th - Uranus is at its closest approach to Earth and will be visible all night long through a telescope.
21st to 22nd - Orionids Meteor Shower peaks. Best viewed after midnight.

>NOVEMBER 2016
FULL MOON:
SUPERMOON

November
14th
NEW MOON:

November
29th
HIGHLIGHTS
4th to 5th - Taurids Meteor Shower peaks. Best viewed after midnight.
17th to 18th - Leonids Meteor Shower peaks. Waning gibbous moon will block the faintest meteors but the shower will best be viewed after midnight.

>DECEMBER 2016
FULL MOON:
SUPERMOON

December
14th
NEW MOON:

December
29th
HIGHLIGHTS
11th - Mercury is best viewed in the western sky just after sunset.
13th to 14th - Geminids Meteor Shower peaks. Though this is perhaps the best meteor shower of the year the almost full moon will block out the faintest meteors.
21st to 22nd - Ursids Meteor Shower peaks. Though the moon will block the faintest meteors best viewing is just after midnight.



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