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Planetary Phenomena 1966


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The diagram below is explained further on the page for the year 2000.

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[1966] [Q 1966]

For an explanation of the above pictures, see the page for the year 2000.

The last table on this page lists a number of noteworthy planetary phenomena during the listed year. The first column ("date") gives the date and hour, in the form year-month-dayThour in the Gregorian calendar, in Universal Time (UT). The second column ("pl") identifies the planet that shows the phenomenon:

pl Planet
Me Mercury
Ve Venus
Ma Mars
Ju Jupiter
Sa Saturn
Ur Uranus
Ne Neptune
Lu Moon

The third column ("*") provides the type of the phenomenon. The fourth column ("AU") shows the value (distance) in Astronomical Units, if applicable. The fifth column ("deg") gives the value of a relevant angle (declination \( δ \), elongation \( E \), conjunction spread \( σ \), or ecliptic longitude \( λ \)) in degrees. Which angle it is for each phenomenon is shown below in column "?". Declinations and ecliptical longitudes are measured relative to the equinox of the date.

 ?  
Explanation
p perigee
a apogee
+dδgreatest northern declination
dδgreatest southern declination
cλconjunction (with the Sun)
oλopposition (relative to the Sun)
eEgreatest elongation
xaλpassage through the ascending node (zero ecliptical latitude)
xdλpassage through the descending node (zero ecliptical latitude)
bσleast conjunction spread (Mercury - Saturn)
Bσleast conjunction spread (Mercury - Neptune)
sσgreatest conjunction spread (Mercury - Saturn)
Sσgreatest conjunction spread (Mercury - Neptune)
Vλbegin eastward (prograde) acceleration
Pgλstationary point: begin eastward (prograde) motion
vλbegin westward (retrograde) acceleration
Rgλstationary point: begin westward (retrograde) motion

The calculations for the planets are based on the VSOP87 model (type A) of Laskar, and the calculations for the Moon are based on the most detailed model from [Meeus]. One position per day was calculated for each celestial object. The hour of the day for each phenomenon was determined by interpolation.

date pl * AU deg
1966−01−04T07 Lu xa +64.15
1966−01−05T16 Ve Rg +313.84
1966−01−05T19
** 
S +228.37
1966−01−06T17 Lu +d +26.09
1966−01−06T19 Me xa +268.60
1966−01−07T05 Lu o +106.47
1966−01−08T10 Lu p 0.002401
1966−01−08T12 Lu v +125.90
1966−01−13T22 Me d −23.96
1966−01−16T22 Lu xd +243.49
1966−01−19T05
** 
B +168.47
1966−01−19T20 Lu d −26.10
1966−01−21T15 Lu c +301.17
1966−01−23T00 Ma v +324.28
1966−01−23T18 Lu a 0.002717
1966−01−24T06 Lu V +332.11
1966−01−25T12 Ve p 0.2688
1966−01−26T05 Ve V +306.02
1966−01−26T08 Ve c +305.95
1966−01−27T07 Ve +d −12.07
1966−01−29T10 Me a 1.415
1966−01−31T13 Lu xa +62.01
1966−02−01T08 Ju d +22.91
1966−02−03T04 Lu +d +26.17
1966−02−04T03
** 
S +245.79
1966−02−05T15 Lu o +136.40
1966−02−05T22 Lu p 0.002384
1966−02−05T23 Lu v +140.93
1966−02−06T12 Me o +317.56
1966−02−12T23 Lu xd +240.83
1966−02−15T06 Ju Pg +81.25
1966−02−15T18 Ve Pg +298.24
1966−02−15T20 Ne d −16.62
1966−02−16T01 Lu d −26.24
1966−02−16T15 Me v +335.93
1966−02−17T10
** 
B +184.02
1966−02−19T10 Lu V +319.52
1966−02−19T20 Lu a 0.002719
1966−02−20T10 Lu c +331.36
1966−02−22T08 Ne Rg +232.18
1966−02−25T10 Me xd +351.67
1966−02−27T14 Lu xa +58.87
1966−03−02T13 Lu +d +26.39
1966−03−04T23 Me e +18.12
1966−03−06T10 Lu v +156.19
1966−03−06T10 Lu p 0.002389
1966−03−06T14 Ve d −14.28
1966−03−06T22
** 
S +274.71
1966−03−07T01 Lu o +166.05
1966−03−08T11 Pl V +167.16
1966−03−08T12 Pl c +167.16
1966−03−08T14 Ur o +167.59
1966−03−08T19 Ur V +167.58
1966−03−09T11 Ur p 17.29
1966−03−10T18 Sa a 10.61
1966−03−10T21 Sa c +349.88
1966−03−11T00 Pl p 31.48
1966−03−11T08 Sa v +349.94
1966−03−12T01 Lu xd +237.74
1966−03−12T02 Me Rg +5.75
1966−03−13T19 Me +d +5.30
1966−03−15T07 Lu d −26.48
1966−03−18T13 Lu V +317.75
1966−03−19T03 Lu a 0.002716
1966−03−21T13 Me c +0.49
1966−03−22T04 Lu c +289.41
1966−03−22T08
** 
B +189.54
1966−03−22T10 Me V +359.71
1966−03−24T22 Me p 0.6005
1966−03−26T15 Lu xa +56.35
1966−03−29T20 Lu +d +26.62
1966−04−03T17 Lu v +169.41
1966−04−03T18 Lu p 0.002413
1966−04−04T04 Me Pg +352.74
1966−04−04T18 Me xa +352.76
1966−04−05T05
** 
S +275.80
1966−04−05T11 Lu o +195.23
1966−04−06T19 Ve e −46.39
1966−04−08T07 Lu xd +235.79
1966−04−09T13 Me d −3.35
1966−04−11T14 Lu d −26.68
1966−04−15T10 Lu V +324.92
1966−04−15T18 Lu a 0.002709
1966−04−17T06 Ve xa +340.78
1966−04−18T07 Me e −27.41
1966−04−20T20 Lu c +30.31
1966−04−22T10
** 
B +179.54
1966−04−22T19 Lu xa +55.34
1966−04−26T01 Lu +d +26.76
1966−04−29T05 Ma c +38.48
1966−05−01T13 Lu v +176.11
1966−05−01T14 Lu p 0.002448
1966−05−01T23 Pl +d +19.18
1966−05−04T21 Lu o +223.94
1966−05−05T12
** 
S +236.25
1966−05−05T16 Lu xd +235.30
1966−05−08T23 Lu d −26.78
1966−05−11T13 Ju +d +23.41
1966−05−11T23 Ne o +230.81
1966−05−12T07 Ne V +230.80
1966−05−12T18 Ne p 29.31
1966−05−13T11 Lu V +333.49
1966−05−13T13 Lu a 0.002703
1966−05−18T07 Ma xd +52.41
1966−05−18T12
** 
b +66.83
1966−05−20T03 Lu xa +55.35
1966−05−20T09 Lu c +58.93
1966−05−21T17 Ur +d +6.44
1966−05−23T00
** 
B +152.76
1966−05−23T07 Lu +d +26.77
1966−05−23T15 Ur Pg +165.49
1966−05−24T09 Me xd +59.29
1966−05−26T12 Me a 1.322
1966−05−27T06 Pl Pg +165.81
1966−05−27T07 Lu v +155.02
1966−05−27T12 Me o +66.04
1966−05−27T13 Lu p 0.002471
1966−05−28T01 Me v +67.29
1966−05−30T19 Ju xd +95.15
1966−06−02T01 Lu xd +235.35
1966−06−03T07 Lu o +252.29
1966−06−04T14
** 
S +192.84
1966−06−05T08 Lu d −26.76
1966−06−09T05 Me +d +25.40
1966−06−10T07 Lu a 0.002702
1966−06−10T13 Lu V +341.94
1966−06−12T16 Ma a 2.490
1966−06−16T11 Lu xa +55.15
1966−06−18T20 Lu c +87.12
1966−06−19T15 Lu +d +26.74
1966−06−21T00
** 
B +132.27
1966−06−22T04 Lu v +135.23
1966−06−22T08 Lu p 0.002451
1966−06−29T07 Lu xd +234.76
1966−06−30T20 Me e +25.71
1966−07−01T17 Me xa +125.11
1966−07−02T15 Lu d −26.72
1966−07−02T19 Lu o +280.46
1966−07−03T23
** 
S +171.71
1966−07−04T09 Ju v +102.84
1966−07−05T06 Sa +d −2.18
1966−07−05T14 Ju c +103.10
1966−07−07T09 Ju a 6.206
1966−07−08T01 Lu a 0.002707
1966−07−08T12 Lu V +349.91
1966−07−11T11 Sa Rg +359.69
1966−07−13T18 Lu xa +53.78
1966−07−13T21 Ma +d +24.01
1966−07−14T20 Me Rg +131.43
1966−07−15T11
** 
s +88.84
1966−07−17T00 Lu +d +26.75
1966−07−18T04 Lu c +115.13
1966−07−19T08
** 
B +119.11
1966−07−19T22 Lu v +141.06
1966−07−20T01 Lu p 0.002418
1966−07−22T05 Me d +13.56
1966−07−25T07 Me p 0.5842
1966−07−25T10 Ne +d −15.89
1966−07−25T23 Ve +d +22.72
1966−07−26T09 Lu xd +232.83
1966−07−27T18 Me V +125.61
1966−07−28T13 Me c +125.03
1966−07−29T21 Lu d −26.78
1966−07−30T20
** 
b +87.49
1966−08−01T00 Ne Pg +229.41
1966−08−01T06
** 
S +158.17
1966−08−01T09 Lu o +308.68
1966−08−04T15 Lu a 0.002713
1966−08−05T09 Lu V +356.45
1966−08−07T23 Me Pg +120.34
1966−08−08T10 Ve xd +111.38
1966−08−09T21 Lu xa +51.14
1966−08−13T09 Lu +d +26.86
1966−08−16T09
** 
B +110.12
1966−08−16T09 Me e −18.67
1966−08−16T11 Lu c +143.16
1966−08−17T03 Lu v +153.28
1966−08−17T05 Me +d +18.21
1966−08−17T06 Lu p 0.002394
1966−08−20T09 Me xd +129.06
1966−08−22T09 Lu xd +229.96
1966−08−26T02 Lu d −26.95
1966−08−30T00
** 
S +149.10
1966−08−31T00 Lu o +337.16
1966−08−31T23 Lu a 0.002717
1966−09−01T17 Lu V +357.78
1966−09−03T07 Me v +153.71
1966−09−05T23 Lu xa +48.30
1966−09−08T10 Pl a 33.31
1966−09−09T18 Lu +d +27.09
1966−09−10T12 Me o +167.52
1966−09−11T12 Pl o +168.27
1966−09−11T23 Pl v +168.29
1966−09−12T07 Ur a 19.29
1966−09−13T06 Ur c +170.03
1966−09−13T13 Ur v +170.05
1966−09−14T01
** 
B +104.61
1966−09−14T13 Lu v +167.66
1966−09−14T16 Lu p 0.002387
1966−09−14T19 Lu c +171.51
1966−09−17T10 Me a 1.395
1966−09−18T13 Lu xd +227.43
1966−09−19T10 Sa V +356.28
1966−09−19T15 Sa o +356.26
1966−09−19T17 Sa p 8.559
1966−09−22T08 Lu d −27.17
1966−09−27T16 Me xa +197.38
1966−09−28T01 Lu a 0.002716
1966−09−28T03 Lu V +347.57
1966−09−28T13
** 
S +148.75
1966−09−29T16 Lu o +114.38
1966−10−03T01 Lu xa +46.54
1966−10−07T01 Lu +d +27.27
1966−10−12T14
** 
B +108.88
1966−10−12T23 Lu v +182.79
1966−10−13T02 Lu p 0.002399
1966−10−14T03 Lu c +200.36
1966−10−15T21 Lu xd +226.26
1966−10−19T15 Lu d −27.32
1966−10−25T07 Lu V +346.30
1966−10−25T10 Lu a 0.002711
1966−10−26T14 Me e +23.94
1966−10−27T12
** 
S +156.80
1966−10−29T09 Lu o +35.55
1966−10−30T06 Lu xa +46.14
1966−11−03T07 Lu +d +27.35
1966−11−03T20 Me d −23.43
1966−11−06T17 Me Rg +243.25
1966−11−07T04 Ve a 1.714
1966−11−07T23
** 
s +163.19
1966−11−09T12 Ve o +226.77
1966−11−10T07
** 
B +115.42
1966−11−10T07 Lu v +196.23
1966−11−10T08 Lu p 0.002429
1966−11−12T08 Lu xd +226.20
1966−11−12T14 Lu c +229.76
1966−11−13T23 Ne a 31.31
1966−11−14T15 Ne v +231.91
1966−11−14T17 Ne c +231.92
1966−11−16T01 Lu d −27.35
1966−11−16T08 Me xd +236.13
1966−11−16T18 Me p 0.6766
1966−11−17T06 Me V +234.90
1966−11−17T10 Me c +234.65
1966−11−17T15 Ju d +19.49
1966−11−19T12 Pl d +17.22
1966−11−21T03
** 
b +160.45
1966−11−21T09 Ju Rg +124.49
1966−11−22T03 Lu a 0.002705
1966−11−22T03 Lu V +352.60
1966−11−22T04 Sa d −4.98
1966−11−24T10
** 
S +158.67
1966−11−26T14 Lu xa +46.21
1966−11−26T14 Sa Pg +352.92
1966−11−26T17 Me Pg +227.12
1966−11−27T17 Me +d −14.55
1966−11−27T23 Ve xa +250.00
1966−11−28T02 Lu o +65.43
1966−11−30T12 Lu +d +27.32
1966−12−04T20 Me e −20.39
1966−12−07T13
** 
B +120.31
1966−12−07T16 Lu v +197.13
1966−12−07T17 Lu p 0.002466
1966−12−09T17 Lu xd +225.99
1966−12−10T16 Ve v +265.95
1966−12−12T03 Lu c +259.66
1966−12−13T10 Lu d −27.30
1966−12−16T21 Ve d −24.12
1966−12−19T23 Lu a 0.002703
1966−12−20T04 Lu V +1.14
1966−12−23T09
** 
S +178.21
1966−12−23T10 Pl Rg +170.65
1966−12−23T21 Lu xa +45.36
1966−12−24T16 Me xa +258.78
1966−12−27T17 Lu o +95.53
1966−12−27T20 Lu +d +27.28
1966−12−28T10 Ur d +2.93
1966−12−30T04 Ur Rg +174.43
1966−12−31T17 Lu v +151.78
1967−01−01T10 Lu p 0.002468



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