The most interesting astronomy events in 2011:
January 2 -Jupiter and Uranus conjuction (0.6º)
January 3/ 4 - Quadrantids Meteor Shower.
January 4 - Partial Solar Eclipse. The partial eclipse will be visible in most parts of northern Africa, Europe, and Asia.
January 30 – Venus conjuction with the Moon (3º)
March 20 – The March Equinox occurs at 23:21 UTC.
March 22 – Greatest elongation of Mercury.
April 4 - Saturn at Opposition. The ringed planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun.
March 16 – Jupiter and Mercury conjuction (2º)
April 21/22 - Lyrids Meteor Shower.
May 5/ 6 - Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower.
May 12 – Jupiter, Venus and Mercury will be in a line with Mars (morning sky).
June 1 - Partial Solar Eclipse. Eclipse will be visible in most parts eastern Asia, Alaska, northern Canada, and Greenland.
June 15 - Total Lunar Eclipse. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.
June 21 – The June solstice occurs at 17:16 UTC.
July 1 - Partial Solar Eclipse. This partial eclipse will only be visible off the coast of Antarctica.
July 7 – Neptune completes its first complete orbit of the Sun since its discovery on 23 September 1846.
July 27 – Mars near the Moon (0.5º)
July 28/29 - Southern Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower.
August 5 – the brightest asteroid, Vesta (magnitude 5.7) is at Opposition in Capricornus.
August 12/13 – Perseids Meteor Shower.
August 22 - Neptune at Opposition.
September 25 - Uranus at Opposition
September 28 – Venus and Saturn meet up with Spica and the Crescent Moon.
October 21/ 22 - Orionids Meteor Shower.
October 29 - Jupiter at Opposition.
November 10 – Mercury and Venus pass Antares.
November 17/18 - Leonids Meteor Shower.
November 25 - Partial Solar Eclipse.
December 10 - Total Lunar Eclipse.
December 13/ 14 – Geminids Meteor Shower.
December 21 – The December solstice occurs 05:30 UTC
December – Comet Garrard 2009 P1 (magnitude 7) and Comet Levy 2006 T1 (magnitude 9).
What is your favourite event?