Astronomy Answers: Planetary Phenomena 1959

# Astronomy AnswersPlanetary Phenomena 1959

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

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
1959-01-02T10 Lu xa +198.30
1959-01-05T08 Lu p 0.002453
1959-01-05T12
**
B  +134.26
1959-01-05T22 Lu v  +248.33
1959-01-07T03 Lu −d −18.73
1959-01-08T17 Lu c  +288.21
1959-01-11T02 Sa −d −22.50
1959-01-12T04 Me xa +272.80
1959-01-15T14 Lu xd +16.82
1959-01-17T00 Lu V  +33.24
1959-01-17T05 Lu a 0.002703
1959-01-17T07 Me −d −23.68
1959-01-21T08 Lu +d +18.67
1959-01-21T11
**
S  +205.52
1959-01-24T07 Lu o  +124.07
1959-01-29T11 Lu xa +195.28
1959-01-30T17 Lu p 0.002475
1959-01-31T09 Lu v  +222.33
1959-02-01T15 Ne −d −12.16
1959-02-02T21
**
B  +156.93
1959-02-03T09 Ur o  +134.31
1959-02-03T11 Lu −d −18.59
1959-02-03T15 Ur V  +134.30
1959-02-04T06 Ur p  17.46
1959-02-05T21 Me a  1.406
1959-02-06T21 Ne Rg +216.96
1959-02-07T07 Lu c  +318.30
1959-02-11T17 Lu xd +14.17
1959-02-14T00 Me o  +325.30
1959-02-14T00 Lu V  +41.35
1959-02-14T02 Lu a 0.002703
1959-02-17T18 Lu +d +18.48
1959-02-19T19
**
S  +277.27
1959-02-22T20 Lu o  +154.00
1959-02-23T03 Me v  +342.25
1959-02-25T14 Lu xa +193.49
1959-02-25T15 Lu v  +193.94
1959-02-25T21 Lu p 0.002446
1959-03-02T17 Lu −d −18.41
1959-03-02T19 Me xd +356.35
1959-03-03T09
**
B  +198.52
1959-03-08T22 Lu c  +348.13
1959-03-10T23 Lu xd +13.09
1959-03-11T20 Me e  +18.21
1959-03-13T21 Lu a 0.002709
1959-03-13T22 Lu V  +48.25
1959-03-15T09 Ju −d −19.52
1959-03-17T03 Lu +d +18.35
1959-03-18T09 Ju Rg +241.99
1959-03-19T06 Me Rg +13.03
1959-03-20T13 Me +d +8.22
1959-03-21T12
**
S  +241.94
1959-03-21T13 Ve xd +31.38
1959-03-24T08 Lu o  +183.43
1959-03-24T23 Lu xa +193.07
1959-03-25T21 Lu v  +206.56
1959-03-25T21 Lu p 0.002411
1959-03-28T22 Me c  +7.98
1959-03-29T18 Me V  +7.25
1959-03-29T23 Lu −d −18.33
1959-03-30T01
**
B  +235.05
1959-04-01T08 Me p  0.5913
1959-04-06T19
**
S  +242.35
1959-04-07T06 Lu xd +13.09
1959-04-07T13 Ma +d +25.20
1959-04-07T15 Lu c  +17.56
1959-04-10T03 Me xa +0.74
1959-04-10T10 Lu a 0.002715
1959-04-10T11 Lu V  +51.29
1959-04-11T13 Me Pg +0.64
1959-04-13T10 Lu +d +18.33
1959-04-16T02 Sa Rg +277.06
1959-04-16T19 Me −d −0.64
1959-04-17T14 Ur +d +17.80
1959-04-19T05 Sa +d −22.30
1959-04-19T15 Ur Pg +132.22
1959-04-20T05
**
B  +205.39
1959-04-21T10 Lu xa +193.07
1959-04-22T17 Lu o  +212.33
1959-04-23T06 Lu p 0.002390
1959-04-23T09 Lu v  +222.54
1959-04-25T18 Me e  −27.06
1959-04-26T01 Ne o  +215.59
1959-04-26T08 Lu −d −18.36
1959-04-26T09 Ne V  +215.58
1959-04-26T23 Ne p  29.33
1959-05-01T03
**
S  +314.77
1959-05-04T12 Lu xd +12.92
1959-05-07T03 Lu V  +44.42
1959-05-07T08 Lu c  +46.52
1959-05-07T15 Lu a 0.002718
1959-05-08T00
**
s  +237.69
1959-05-10T17 Lu +d +18.42
1959-05-12T13 Ve +d +25.77
1959-05-17T10
**
B  +165.11
1959-05-18T07 Ju o  +237.12
1959-05-18T09 Ju V  +237.11
1959-05-18T19 Lu xa +192.25
1959-05-19T20 Ju p  4.368
1959-05-21T16 Lu p 0.002387
1959-05-21T21 Lu v  +238.54
1959-05-22T00 Lu o  +240.69
1959-05-23T18 Lu −d −18.46
1959-05-28T00
**
S  +208.79
1959-05-29T19 Me xd +63.39
1959-05-31T15 Lu xd +11.54
1959-06-02T08 Me a  1.322
1959-06-03T00 Me o  +72.58
1959-06-03T01 Me v  +72.72
1959-06-03T01 Lu V  +40.31
1959-06-03T19 Lu a 0.002716
1959-06-05T23 Lu c  +75.03
1959-06-07T00 Lu +d +18.51
1959-06-12T22 Me +d +25.25
1959-06-14T09
**
B  +123.71
1959-06-15T00 Lu xa +190.07
1959-06-19T01 Lu p 0.002404
1959-06-19T06 Lu v  +252.85
1959-06-20T06 Lu −d −18.51
1959-06-20T08 Lu o  +268.73
1959-06-23T01 Ve e  +45.38
1959-06-25T14 Sa o  +273.77
1959-06-25T16
**
S  +159.65
1959-06-25T18 Sa p  9.050
1959-06-25T21 Sa V  +273.75
1959-06-27T16 Lu xd +8.91
1959-06-30T16 Lu V  +44.30
1959-07-01T07 Lu a 0.002710
1959-07-04T07 Lu +d +18.51
1959-07-05T14 Lu c  +103.28
1959-07-07T02 Me xa +130.94
1959-07-08T08 Me e  +26.23
1959-07-11T02 Ve xa +152.45
1959-07-11T02 Ne +d −11.24
1959-07-11T22
**
B  +98.79
1959-07-12T01 Lu xa +187.22
1959-07-14T16 Ju +d −17.43
1959-07-16T01 Ne Pg +214.19
1959-07-17T02 Lu p 0.002434
1959-07-17T09 Lu v  +263.69
1959-07-17T16 Lu −d −18.46
1959-07-19T15 Lu o  +296.70
1959-07-19T19 Ju Pg +232.12
1959-07-22T08 Me Rg +139.37
1959-07-24T10
**
S  +141.79
1959-07-24T19 Lu xd +6.11
1959-07-28T04 Me −d +11.19
1959-07-28T13 Lu V  +51.10
1959-07-28T23 Lu a 0.002704
1959-07-30T17
**
b  +107.53
1959-07-31T16 Lu +d +18.39
1959-08-01T21 Me p  0.5930
1959-08-04T02 Lu c  +131.47
1959-08-04T09 Me V  +133.19
1959-08-05T05 Me c  +132.54
1959-08-07T23
**
B  +93.89
1959-08-08T02 Lu xa +184.97
1959-08-08T12 Ur a  19.43
1959-08-09T07 Ur v  +136.68
1959-08-09T13 Ur c  +136.69
1959-08-10T11 Ve Rg +166.12
1959-08-13T03 Lu p 0.002465
1959-08-13T15
**
s  +109.15
1959-08-13T17 Lu v  +263.93
1959-08-14T01 Lu −d −18.32
1959-08-15T09 Me Pg +127.68
1959-08-18T00 Lu o  +324.84
1959-08-20T23
**
S  +141.26
1959-08-21T01 Lu xd +4.38
1959-08-21T05 Ve −d −0.49
1959-08-23T02 Me +d +16.74
1959-08-23T07 Me e  −18.40
1959-08-25T13 Lu V  +58.92
1959-08-25T18 Lu a 0.002702
1959-08-25T18 Me xd +134.23
1959-08-28T01 Lu +d +18.25
1959-08-31T18 Ve c  +158.08
1959-08-31T21 Ve V  +157.98
1959-09-01T05 Ve p  0.2860
1959-09-02T13 Lu c  +159.83
1959-09-04T07 Lu xa +184.03
1959-09-04T11 Sa Pg +270.46
1959-09-05T00
**
B  +87.76
1959-09-07T05 Lu p 0.002464
1959-09-07T09 Lu v  +227.45
1959-09-09T14 Me v  +159.52
1959-09-10T07 Lu −d −18.20
1959-09-16T12 Lu o  +340.04
1959-09-16T23 Me o  +173.53
1959-09-17T08 Lu xd +3.97
1959-09-18T02
**
S  +131.81
1959-09-22T05 Ve Pg +149.86
1959-09-22T13 Lu a 0.002705
1959-09-22T13 Lu V  +67.05
1959-09-24T09 Lu +d +18.17
1959-09-24T20 Me a  1.404
1959-10-01T16 Lu xa +184.05
1959-10-02T00 Lu c  +188.56
1959-10-03T01
**
B  +81.20
1959-10-03T02 Me xa +201.28
1959-10-04T09 Lu p 0.002431
1959-10-04T10 Ma a  2.594
1959-10-04T11 Lu v  +224.26
1959-10-06T06 Ve +d +6.68
1959-10-07T12 Lu −d −18.18
1959-10-14T16 Lu xd +4.05
1959-10-16T04 Lu o  +22.54
1959-10-16T16
**
S  +128.33
1959-10-20T06 Lu a 0.002712
1959-10-20T12 Lu V  +74.58
1959-10-21T17 Lu +d +18.23
1959-10-29T02 Lu xa +183.74
1959-10-29T11 Ne a  31.32
1959-10-29T14 Ma c  +215.91
1959-10-30T09 Ne c  +216.70
1959-10-30T12 Ne v  +216.71
1959-10-31T09
**
B  +79.42
1959-10-31T10 Lu c  +217.76
1959-11-01T05 Ve xd +172.34
1959-11-01T13 Lu p 0.002399
1959-11-01T15 Lu v  +236.15
1959-11-02T03 Sa −d −22.77
1959-11-02T20 Me e  +23.38
1959-11-03T20 Lu −d −18.28
1959-11-09T15 Me −d −24.39
1959-11-10T20 Lu xd +3.31
1959-11-11T07 Ve e  −46.61
1959-11-13T12 Me Rg +249.89
1959-11-13T23
**
S  +126.67
1959-11-14T21 Lu o  +52.29
1959-11-16T18 Lu a 0.002717
1959-11-16T22 Lu V  +76.24
1959-11-18T00 Lu +d +18.36
1959-11-21T17 Me xd +244.36
1959-11-23T11 Me p  0.6777
1959-11-23T19 Me V  +241.60
1959-11-23T22 Me c  +241.41
1959-11-24T07 Ur −d +15.14
1959-11-25T10 Lu xa +182.09
1959-11-25T15 Ma xa +234.64
1959-11-26T14 Ur Rg +141.08
1959-11-28T12
**
B  +73.94
1959-11-29T20 Lu c  +247.39
1959-11-30T00 Lu p 0.002384
1959-11-30T02 Lu v  +251.23
1959-12-01T07 Lu −d −18.40
1959-12-03T03 Ju a  6.308
1959-12-03T09 Me Pg +233.70
1959-12-04T00 Me +d −16.13
1959-12-05T06 Ju c  +252.89
1959-12-06T02 Ju v  +253.07
1959-12-07T22 Lu xd +1.02
1959-12-11T22 Me e  −20.93
1959-12-12T03
**
S  +122.82
1959-12-13T01 Lu V  +63.01
1959-12-13T19 Lu a 0.002717
1959-12-14T16 Lu o  +82.47
1959-12-15T07 Lu +d +18.46
1959-12-22T12 Lu xa +179.10
1959-12-26T15
**
B  +76.61
1959-12-28T13 Lu p 0.002391
1959-12-28T14 Lu v  +266.87
1959-12-28T20 Lu −d −18.44
1959-12-29T07 Lu c  +277.33
1959-12-30T01 Me xa +262.84
1959-12-31T04 Sa a  11.05
1959-12-31T05 Sa v  +279.43
1959-12-31T08 Sa c  +279.45

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