Special Events
in Durham, NC

last updated 9/24/2020

find the asteroids   Ceres   and   Pallas    in   2020

past events

  a rare transit of Mercury happened on November 11, 2019
and the next one is in 2032 (but not visible in Durham, NC)

and the next transit of Venus is in 2117

coming soon
next umbral lunar eclipse in Durham is  May 26, 2021

next partial solar eclipse in Durham is  June 10, 2021   
(covering about 39% of sun's diameter at max and lasting 27 minutes)

and after that, the next partial solar eclipse (~ 50%) in Durham is  
October 14, 2023


       info for eclipses during   2020 

visible in Durham

(beware!  it's very difficult to even notice that a penumbral eclipse is happening!)

a penumbral lunar eclipse on July 4 - 5, 2020

a penumbral lunar eclipse on November 29 - 30, 2020

not visible in Durham

a penumbral lunar eclipse on January 10 - 11, 2020

a penumbral lunar eclipse in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia on June 5 - 6, 2020

an annular solar eclipse, visible in parts of Africa and Asia, on June 21, 2020

a total solar eclipse, visible in parts of Chile and Argentina, on
December 14, 2020


 remembrance of things past:  the 2017 American eclipse

  the solar eclipse in Durham:   August 21, 2017  (sun 95% covered in Durham)

Free download eclipse-planning e-book (from Sky & Telescope)
with maps of eclipse path, cloud-cover averages, etc.

Another free download e-book (this one from Astronomy magazine)

Eclipsophile has weather assessments along the 2017 totality path

a simulation of the what you'll see from   anywhere in the country

25 tips for total-eclipse watching

An eclipse talk I gave at the Durham Co Public Library in August 2017

detailed totality path maps

other comprehensive  August 21, 2017 eclipse websites:

Eclipsewise (NASA)        Eclipse 2017         Great American Eclipse          Eclipses.info


and another 'Great American Eclipse' happens on April 8, 2024

   Lunar eclipses: 2011 - 2020           Solar eclipses: 2011 - 2020

  last transit of Mercury:   November 11, 2019
next transit of Mercury:  2032

  last  transit of Venus    June 5, 2012

    next transit of Venus:  December 11, 2117

Mercury  and  Venus  transits for the next few centuries
(with downloadable Excel files to predict visibility by lat/long)

  lunar eclipse computer

    NASA solar eclipse explorer

    NASA lunar eclipse explorer

Weekly & Monthly Events

    Durham  Clear Sky Chart tells you the likelihood of clear skies over the next two days

Ottewell's Astronomical Calendar is now (only?) online:  2019 version  (and has only events)

            download skymaps here

       This Week's Sky at a Glance from Sky and Telescope 

The Sky This Week from Astronomy magazine

Night Sky Notes from Abrams planetarium

this month's Sky Calendar from Abrams planetarium

Indiana University's StarTrak monthly description of sky events

tonight's sky   tells you exactly what's up....

planet summary

  Stellarium: free, open-source planetarium software

specialized planetary/lunar information

rising/setting times for bright objects (including comets & asteroids)   

phases/alt-az/distance&angular size/rise&set for the MOON:      choose time (UT) and date   

alt-az/distance/twilight/rise&set  for the SUN:      choose time (UT) and date

          sunrise/sunset moonrise/moonset/moonphase/eclipses  and lots more.... from USNO

 graphical planetary rising, setting, visibility times through 2025

planetary finding charts through 2024

Saturn's moons' current positions (with changeable date/times)

harder to use, but more flexible and more options:
Saturn satellite viewer  &  Saturn moon tracker
display a map of the moons' positions are given the time and date
so that you can figure out which satellite is which

Jupiter's moons' current positions (with changeable date/times)
Sky & Telescope's Jupiter's moons javascript map

Jupiter viewer  &  Jupiter moon tracker

where are the asteroids?  includes finder charts
best asteroid oppositions coming up:

            lunar occultation data  International Occultation Timing Association
              Earth and Moon Viewer see where the day-night terminator is, the earth from any location in space, etc.

  Stellarium: free, open-source planetarium software

Stars and Constellations

the smaller objects of the solar system

current comets     and     current comets

meteor shower calendar

meteorite classification

Meteorite Times magazine

Heavens Above  for observing brighter satellites and Indium flares

general sky stuff

double stars for binoculars

nebulae and galaxies for binoculars
coming soon

astronomy news & discoveries

Young Astronomers Newsletter  by Art Gormeley now is in pdf with active links

Earth & Sky

Sky and Telescope

astrobites  an arXiv summary for undergraduate astrophysicists in training

Astronomy Magazine

(free) sky apps

Google Sky Map

Mobile Observatory

Sky Chart

Celestron Sky Portal


Night Sky Lite

Sky and Telescope Skyweek  sky events of the week

Exoplanet Explorer Lite        or        Exoplanet Catalog        or 

broadcasts & podcasts

  PBS' Jack Horkheimer is StarHustler now StarGazer

  this week's radio scripts from Earth & Sky with Debra Byrd and Joel Block

 StarDate Online from McDonald Observatory

celestial navigation

Navigation and related subject
Celestial Navigation
 Celestial Navigation: Intro gone?
A Short Guide to Celestial Navigation
Celestial Navigation Resource list from USNO

telescopes and binoculars

Telescope Buying Guide  from Morehead Planetarium

Heretic's Telescope Guide  the best guide

Telescope Review website

How to Choose Telescopes & Binoculars  from SkyandTelescope

Reviews of astronomical telescopes, binoculars, & other stuff  from SkyandTelescope

archaeoastronomy & astronomy history

Archaeoastronomy Newsletter

Archaeoastronomy   the Journal of Astronomy in Culture

Journal for the History of Astronomy

Aboriginal (Native American) Star Knowledge

Maya Astronomy and calendar, writing, mathematics, ...
Maya Astronomy
Astronomy of the Mayans

Australian Aboriginal Astronomy
Australian Indigenous Astronomy

Archaeoastronomy, Ancient Astronomy and Ethnoastronomy  more documents than you can look at in a lifetime

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