Astronomy Answers: Planetary Phenomena 1996

Astronomy Answers
Planetary Phenomena 1996


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

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[1996] [Q 1996]

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
1996-01-02T06 Me e +19.43
1996-01-03T15 Lu +d +18.93
1996-01-04T10 Lu V +93.97
1996-01-04T23 Lu a 0.002717
1996-01-05T08 Lu o +104.82
1996-01-06T08 Ju d −23.20
1996-01-06T22
** 
b +52.29
1996-01-07T02 Me xd +304.67
1996-01-07T04
** 
S +99.67
1996-01-09T09 Me Rg +305.17
1996-01-13T06 Lu xa +201.57
1996-01-15T14 Ne c +295.25
1996-01-15T18 Ne a 31.15
1996-01-15T22 Ne v +295.26
1996-01-16T01 Me +d −17.34
1996-01-17T17 Lu d −18.85
1996-01-18T09 Me c +298.08
1996-01-18T17 Me V +297.62
1996-01-19T11 Lu p 0.002388
1996-01-19T11 Lu v +291.54
1996-01-19T14 Me p 0.6641
1996-01-20T00 Lu c +299.72
1996-01-20T09
** 
B +46.39
1996-01-20T15 Ur v +300.52
1996-01-20T19 Ur c +300.53
1996-01-21T14 Ur a 20.73
1996-01-25T16 Lu xd +20.36
1996-01-29T22 Me Pg +289.11
1996-01-30T22 Lu +d +18.78
1996-01-31T11 Lu V +90.92
1996-02-01T04 Lu a 0.002715
1996-02-04T03 Lu o +135.11
1996-02-04T05
** 
S +106.81
1996-02-09T06 Lu xa +198.71
1996-02-10T02 Me d −20.38
1996-02-11T10 Me e −25.91
1996-02-13T01 Ma v +328.49
1996-02-14T03 Lu d −18.67
1996-02-14T10 Me xa +299.79
1996-02-16T20 Lu p 0.002412
1996-02-16T20 Lu v +305.38
1996-02-17T11 Ve xd +10.43
1996-02-17T13
** 
B +58.34
1996-02-18T11 Lu c +329.60
1996-02-21T21 Lu xd +17.92
1996-02-27T06 Lu +d +18.58
1996-02-28T09 Lu V +98.54
1996-02-28T19 Lu a 0.002709
1996-03-03T19
** 
S +115.56
1996-03-04T02 Ma c +344.31
1996-03-04T21 Lu o +165.10
1996-03-07T09 Lu xa +197.28
1996-03-12T10 Lu d −18.50
1996-03-15T17 Lu p 0.002449
1996-03-15T17 Lu v +312.98
1996-03-16T16
** 
B +73.82
1996-03-17T06 Sa a 10.55
1996-03-17T07 Sa c +357.48
1996-03-17T11 Sa v +357.50
1996-03-18T22 Lu c +196.02
1996-03-20T06 Lu xd +17.09
1996-03-22T10 Me a 1.356
1996-03-25T14 Lu +d +18.46
1996-03-27T12 Lu V +107.84
1996-03-27T14 Lu a 0.002704
1996-03-28T00 Me o +8.30
1996-03-30T23 Ve e +45.88
1996-04-01T19
** 
S +135.43
1996-04-01T19 Me v +18.19
1996-04-03T12 Lu o +194.54
1996-04-03T16 Lu xa +197.15
1996-04-04T02 Me xd +22.84
1996-04-08T15 Lu d −18.45
1996-04-10T11 Lu v +291.60
1996-04-10T14 Lu p 0.002473
1996-04-13T17
** 
B +100.90
1996-04-16T15 Lu xd +17.20
1996-04-17T07 Ma a 2.385
1996-04-17T10 Lu c +28.21
1996-04-21T23 Lu +d +18.47
1996-04-22T18 Me e +20.05
1996-04-24T10 Lu a 0.002703
1996-04-24T14 Lu V +117.01
1996-04-28T19 Ne Rg +297.75
1996-04-29T11 Me +d +22.25
1996-04-29T15 Ne +d −20.13
1996-04-29T16 Ju +d −22.20
1996-04-29T18
** 
S +163.05
1996-05-01T01 Lu xa +197.08
1996-05-02T23 Lu o +223.30
1996-05-03T10 Me Rg +58.64
1996-05-04T02 Ju Rg +287.65
1996-05-05T07 Ur +d −19.68
1996-05-05T07 Ve +d +27.78
1996-05-05T22 Lu d −18.51
1996-05-06T07 Lu v +271.07
1996-05-06T10 Lu p 0.002450
1996-05-08T04 Ur Rg +304.58
1996-05-12T07
** 
B +117.32
1996-05-12T09 Me xa +55.74
1996-05-13T21 Lu xd +16.79
1996-05-14T13 Me c +54.49
1996-05-14T22 Me V +54.25
1996-05-16T05 Me p 0.5520
1996-05-16T23 Lu c +56.83
1996-05-18T20
** 
s +111.65
1996-05-19T07 Lu +d +18.56
1996-05-19T18 Ve Rg +88.30
1996-05-22T04 Lu a 0.002708
1996-05-22T15 Lu V +125.29
1996-05-27T03
** 
S +169.67
1996-05-27T06 Me Pg +49.65
1996-05-28T09 Lu xa +195.91
1996-05-30T09 Me d +14.10
1996-05-31T02
** 
b +111.60
1996-06-01T08 Lu o +251.64
1996-06-02T07 Lu d −18.59
1996-06-03T02 Lu v +277.67
1996-06-03T04 Lu p 0.002416
1996-06-05T23 Ju xa +286.02
1996-06-08T00 Ve xa +81.38
1996-06-08T15
** 
B +121.77
1996-06-09T23 Lu xd +15.10
1996-06-10T02 Me e −23.45
1996-06-10T02 Ve V +80.10
1996-06-10T02 Ve p 0.2891
1996-06-10T04 Ve c +80.05
1996-06-15T13 Lu c +85.18
1996-06-15T15 Lu +d +18.62
1996-06-18T17 Lu a 0.002714
1996-06-19T11 Lu V +131.83
1996-06-20T04 Ma xd +65.75
1996-06-24T11
** 
S +185.17
1996-06-24T13 Lu xa +193.48
1996-06-29T19 Lu d −18.59
1996-06-30T15 Lu o +279.63
1996-07-01T01 Me xd +88.49
1996-07-01T07 Lu v +289.75
1996-07-01T10 Lu p 0.002393
1996-07-01T18 Ve Pg +71.77
1996-07-03T23 Ju o +282.76
1996-07-04T10 Ju V +282.70
1996-07-05T05 Ju p 4.186
1996-07-05T09
** 
B +144.60
1996-07-06T03 Me +d +23.99
1996-07-07T00 Lu xd +12.32
1996-07-08T18 Me v +104.77
1996-07-09T12 Ve d +17.66
1996-07-11T00 Me o +109.61
1996-07-11T22 Sa +d +0.74
1996-07-12T23 Lu +d +18.57
1996-07-13T02 Me a 1.334
1996-07-15T04 Lu c +113.45
1996-07-16T01 Lu a 0.002718
1996-07-16T18 Lu V +132.12
1996-07-18T01 Ne V +296.36
1996-07-18T02 Ne p 29.14
1996-07-18T05 Ne o +296.36
1996-07-18T07 Sa Rg +7.40
1996-07-21T14
** 
S +248.18
1996-07-21T14 Lu xa +190.60
1996-07-23T22 Ur p 18.76
1996-07-24T09 Ur V +302.62
1996-07-24T18 Ur o +302.60
1996-07-27T06 Lu d −18.49
1996-07-28T16 Ma +d +23.86
1996-07-29T16 Lu v +303.81
1996-07-29T19 Lu p 0.002386
1996-07-29T22 Lu o +307.52
1996-08-01T04
** 
B +182.56
1996-08-03T03 Lu xd +9.65
1996-08-08T08 Me xa +160.86
1996-08-09T06 Lu +d +18.42
1996-08-12T04 Lu a 0.002717
1996-08-12T05 Lu V +122.79
1996-08-13T19 Lu c +141.80
1996-08-14T10
** 
S +311.05
1996-08-17T16 Lu xa +188.62
1996-08-18T17 Ve +d +19.79
1996-08-20T05 Ve e −45.75
1996-08-20T21 Me e +27.32
1996-08-23T16 Lu d −18.32
1996-08-26T00
** 
B +195.64
1996-08-27T01 Lu v +318.00
1996-08-27T04 Lu p 0.002398
1996-08-28T05 Lu o +335.68
1996-08-30T10
** 
s +198.03
1996-08-30T10 Lu xd +8.23
1996-09-03T01 Ju Pg +277.82
1996-09-03T17 Me Rg +183.49
1996-09-05T05 Me d −5.16
1996-09-05T13 Lu +d +18.27
1996-09-06T08
** 
S +304.38
1996-09-08T10 Lu V +122.08
1996-09-08T14 Lu a 0.002712
1996-09-10T15 Ju d −23.40
1996-09-12T11 Lu c +170.46
1996-09-13T21 Lu xa +187.96
1996-09-14T13 Me p 0.6402
1996-09-16T08 Me V +175.63
1996-09-17T01 Me c +174.91
1996-09-19T14
** 
B +189.61
1996-09-19T23 Lu d −18.22
1996-09-24T07 Lu v +330.47
1996-09-24T09 Lu p 0.002427
1996-09-26T05 Me Pg +169.00
1996-09-26T06 Sa V +3.96
1996-09-26T06 Sa o +3.96
1996-09-26T07 Sa p 8.498
1996-09-26T14 Lu o +4.29
1996-09-26T21 Lu xd +7.99
1996-09-27T00 Me xd +169.08
1996-09-29T04 Ve xd +144.88
1996-09-29T13 Me +d +4.60
1996-10-01T08
** 
S +284.76
1996-10-02T15 Me e −17.86
1996-10-02T21 Lu +d +18.22
1996-10-05T23 Ne Pg +294.98
1996-10-06T05 Lu V +128.24
1996-10-06T06 Lu a 0.002706
1996-10-07T05 Ur d −20.59
1996-10-09T09 Ur Pg +300.64
1996-10-10T05 Ne d −20.69
1996-10-11T04 Lu xa +188.03
1996-10-12T02 Lu c +199.55
1996-10-17T04 Lu d −18.24
1996-10-17T14
** 
B +155.85
1996-10-18T17 Me v +196.72
1996-10-21T18 Lu v +332.27
1996-10-21T20 Lu p 0.002462
1996-10-24T06 Lu xd +7.96
1996-10-26T02 Lu o +33.44
1996-10-28T20
** 
S +196.71
1996-10-30T06 Lu +d +18.28
1996-10-31T23 Me o +219.04
1996-11-03T01 Lu a 0.002703
1996-11-03T06 Lu V +136.36
1996-11-04T07 Me xa +224.44
1996-11-06T23 Me a 1.444
1996-11-07T12 Lu xa +187.58
1996-11-10T16 Lu c +229.04
1996-11-13T11 Lu d −18.35
1996-11-14T07
** 
B +122.25
1996-11-15T01 Lu v +290.42
1996-11-15T17 Lu p 0.002470
1996-11-20T11 Lu xd +6.87
1996-11-24T16 Lu o +63.18
1996-11-26T13
** 
S +160.30
1996-11-26T15 Lu +d +18.41
1996-11-28T02 Sa d −2.03
1996-11-30T22 Lu a 0.002705
1996-12-01T08 Lu V +145.19
1996-12-02T23 Sa Pg +0.61
1996-12-04T12 Me d −25.80
1996-12-04T17 Lu xa +185.56
1996-12-10T04 Lu c +258.91
1996-12-10T21 Lu d −18.44
1996-12-12T06
** 
B +101.31
1996-12-12T08 Lu v +290.31
1996-12-12T16 Lu p 0.002435
1996-12-15T10 Me e +20.38
1996-12-17T12 Lu xd +4.26
1996-12-23T07 Me Rg +289.23
1996-12-23T23 Me xd +289.16
1996-12-24T00 Lu +d +18.45
1996-12-24T08 Lu o +93.33
1996-12-25T04
** 
S +142.69
1996-12-28T16 Lu a 0.002711
1996-12-29T08 Lu V +153.32
1996-12-31T19 Lu xa +182.45



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