2019 Sky and Space Calendar

January 1:   New Horizons reaches Ultima Thule—Kuiper belt Object

January 3: Earth at perihelion, closest point to the Sun; China to land Chang’e 4 Lunar Rover

January 4: Latest sunrise

January 6: Partial Solar Eclipse -- China, Japan, Korea, Siberia

January 17: NASA-Space X: Launch Crew Dragon Spaceship

January 20-21:  Lunar Eclipse, visible in Milwaukee 9:33 p.m. to 12:51 a.m. CST

January 22: Venus & Jupiter close in the morning sky

January 31: India Launch—Chandrayaa 2, Lunar Orbiter, Lander, and Rover

February 4: Asteroid 2002 AJ129 closest to Earth at only 2.6 million miles

February 5: Chinese New Year—Year of the Pig

February 12: NASA’s Juno spacecraft flies close to Jupiter (six more times in 2019)

February 18:   Venus & Saturn close in morning sky

March 3-13: 50th Anniversary of Apollo 9

March 10:   Spring ahead!  Daylight Saving Time begins

March 14: Pi Day and Einstein’s Birthday

March 20:  Spring begins at 4:58 p.m. CDT

April 4: Parker Solar Probe orbit close to Sun

April 6: 35th Anniversary:  First orbital Shuttle repair mission (Solar Max)

May 4: 30th Anniversary - Start of five-year Magellan mission to Venus

May 17: 45th Anniversary - Launch of first geosynchronous weather satellite SMS-A

May 18-26: 50th Anniversary - Apollo 10—Module descends to 10 miles above lunar surface

May 27: 20th Anniversary - First human visit to International Space Station (ISS)

June: NASA-Space X to launch astronauts

June 9:  Jupiter’s opposite the Sun, up all night

June 14: Earliest sunrise

June 18: Mars & Mercury very close in evening sky

June 21: Summer Solstice starts at 10:54 a.m. CDT

June 27: Latest sunset

July 2: Total Solar Eclipse—South Pacific, Chile, and Argentina

July 4:   Earth at aphelion, the farthest point from the Sun

July 8:   Saturn opposite the Sun, up all night

July 11: 40th Anniversary - Skylab falling back to Earth

July 16: Partial Lunar Eclipse—Europe, Africa, west-central Asia

July 16-24: 50th Anniversary - Apollo 11—first Moon Walk

August 12-13:   Perseid meteor shower peaks

August 13: Venus at superior conjunction—behind the Sun

September 1: Parker Solar Probe orbit close to Sun

September 9:   Neptune at opposition 

September 23:  Fall arrives with the autumnal equinox at 2:50 a.m. CDT

October 28:  Uranus at opposition

November 3: Fall back!  Daylight Saving Time ends

November 11: Mercury Transits the Sun; visible in Milwaukee 6:41 a.m. to 12:04 p.m. CST 

November 14-24: 50th Anniversary - Apollo 12

November 23: Venus & Jupiter close in evening sky

December 8: Earliest sunset

December 10: Venus & Saturn close in evening sky

December 13-14:   Geminid meteor shower peaks

December 21: Winter Solstice starts at 10:19 p.m. CST

December 26: Annular Solar Eclipse—Saudi Arabia, India, Borneo