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March 20, 2009 Sun-Earth Day

March 20, 2009 Spring Equinox

April 2 - April 5, 2009 100 Hours of Astronomy

April 22, 2009 Earth Day

May 2, 2009 Astronomy Day

June 18, 2009 Current scheduled launch date for Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS)

June 18, 2009 Current scheduled launch date for Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

June 20, 2009 Summer Solstice

July 20, 2009 40th Anniversary of First Humans on the Moon

July 22, 2009 Total Solar Eclipse (not visible in USA)

August 11 - August 12, 2009 Perseid Meteor Shower

August 13 - August 15, 2009 XXII Satellite Educators Conference

September 12 - September 15, 2009 Astronomical Society of the Pacific Annual Meeting

September 22, 2009 Autumnal Equinox (First Day of Fall)

September 30, 2009 MESSENGER Flies By Mercury for 3rd Time

October 4 - October 10, 2009 World Space Week

October 7, 2009 MyMoon Webcast with Marjory Wentworth

October 9, 2009 LCROSS Impacts the Moon

October 21, 2009 Orionid Meteor Shower

October 22 - October 24, 2009 International Year of Astronomy's Galilean Nights

November 5 - November 7, 2009 Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST)

December 7, 2009 NASA Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer Scheduled to Launch

December 13 - December 14, 2009 Geminid Meteor Shower

December 21, 2009 Winter Solstice

January 4, 2010 Earth at Closest Distance from the Sun

January 15, 2010 Annular Solar Eclipse (not visible in USA)

February 9, 2010 Scheduled launch of the Solar Dynamics Observatory

February 25, 2010 ESO Launches CryoSat to Study Earth's Ice

March 3 - March 16, 2010 Globe at Night Observation Campaign

March 20, 2010 Sun-Earth Day

March 20, 2010 Spring Equinox

April 12, 2010 Yuri's Night: The World Space Party

April 19 - April 25, 2010 Astronomy Week

April 22, 2010 Earth Day

May 7, 2010 Space Day

June 13, 2010 Hayabusa Mission Returns to Earth with Possible Asteroid Samples

June 21, 2010 Summer Solstice--the first day of summer

July 1, 2010 Dark Matter Detector Scheduled for Liftoff to ISS

July 11, 2010 Total Solar Eclipse in South Pacific

August 12 - August 13, 2010 Perseid Meteor Shower

September 18, 2010 International Observe the Moon Night

September 22, 2010 Fall Equinox (first day of autumn)--on Sept. 23 for those in Europe

October 1 - November 1, 2010 Year of the Solar System

October 4 - October 10, 2010 World Space Week

October 10 - October 16, 2010 Earth Science Week

October 18 - October 22, 2010 Solar Week

October 29 - November 12, 2010 The Great World Wide Star Count

November 4, 2010 EPOXI flies past Comet Hartley 2

November 14 - November 20, 2010 Geography Awareness Week 2010 Freshwater

December 1, 2010 - January 31, 2011 Year of the Solar System: A Family Affair (The Planets)

December 21, 2010 Total Lunar Eclipse

December 21, 2010 Winter Solstice

February 1 - February 28, 2011 Year of the Solar System: Small Bodies--Big Impacts

February 14, 2011 Stardust NExT Encounter with Comet Tempel 1

February 21 - March 6, 2011 GLOBE at Night Campaign

March 1 - March 31, 2011 Year of the Solar System: Ancient Astronomers / Modern Tools: Celebrating Sun-Earth Day

March 18, 2011 MESSENGER Goes into Orbit Around Mercury

March 20, 2011 Spring Equinox

March 20, 2011 Sun-Earth Day

March 22 - April 6, 2011 GLOBE at Night Campaign

April 1 - April 30, 2011 Year of the Solar System: April 2011: Water, Water, Everywhere!

April 22, 2011 Earth Day

May 1 - May 31, 2011 Year of the Solar System, May Theme: Volcanism

May 7, 2011 Astronomy Day

June 1, 2011 Partial Solar Eclipse--visible for Asia, Alaska, Canada, and Greenland

June 1 - June 30, 2011 Year of the Solar System--June: Impacts!

June 9, 2011 Aquarius launches to measure salinity of oceans

June 15, 2011 Total Lunar Eclipse--not visible in the US

July 1 - July 31, 2011 YSS July: Asteroids: Leftovers from Planet Building

July 1, 2011 Dawn Spacecraft Reaches Vesta in July

July 30 - August 3, 2011 ASP 2011 National Conference: Connecting People to Science

August 1 - August 31, 2011 Year of the Solar System: Windy Worlds

August 5 - August 7, 2011 Vesta Fiesta

August 5, 2011 Juno Mission Launches for Jupiter

September 1 - September 30, 2011 Year of the Solar System, Gravity: It's What Keeps Us Together

September 8, 2011 GRAIL launches for the Moon

September 23, 2011 Autumnal Equinox (First day of fall)

October 1 - October 31, 2011 YSS October--Moons and Rings: Our Favorite Things

October 4 - October 10, 2011 World Space Week

October 8, 2011 International Observe the Moon Night

October 9 - October 15, 2011 Earth Science Week

October 17 - October 21, 2011 Solar Week

November 1 - November 30, 2011 YSS November- Magnetospheres: Planetary Shields

November 15, 2011 America Recycles Day

November 25, 2011 Mars Science Laboratory Launches to Mars

December 1, 2011 - January 31, 2012 YSS December and January: Evolving Worlds

December 10, 2011 Total Lunar Eclipse--occurs as the Moon sets for North America

December 14, 2011 Geminid Meteor Shower

December 21, 2011 Winter Solstice

January 5, 2012 Perihelion: Earth is closest to the Sun

February 1 - February 28, 2012 Year of the Solar System February: Far Ranging Robots

March 1 - March 31, 2012 March 2012 Year of the Solar System: Shadows of the Sun

March 11 - March 17, 2012 Ground Water Awareness Week

March 19 - March 21, 2012 Solar Week

March 19, 2012 Sun-Earth Day

April 1 - April 30, 2012 Year of the Solar System April topic: Ice!

April 1 - April 30, 2012 Global Astronomy Month

May 1 - May 31, 2012 Year of the Solar System: New Data, New Ideas

May 20, 2012 Annular Solar Eclipse

June 1 - June 30, 2012 Year of the Solar System: Discovering New Worlds

June 5, 2012 Transit of Venus

July 1 - August 31, 2012 Year of the Solar System: Got Life?

August 5, 2012 Mars Science Laboratory Rover--Curiosity--lands on Mars

August 12, 2012 Perseid Meteor Shower peaks

September 8, 2012 Dawn Mission leaves Vesta for Ceres

September 22, 2012 International Observe the Moon Night

September 22, 2012 Autumnal Equinox--first day of Fall

October 4 - October 10, 2012 World Space Week

October 14 - October 20, 2012 Earth Science Week

October 14, 2012 International EarthCache Day

December 13 - December 14, 2012 Geminid Meteor Shower

December 21, 2012 Winter Solstice

January 2, 2013 Earth at Closest Distance to Sun (Perihelion)

March 10 - March 16, 2013 Ground Water Awareness Week

March 19, 2013 Sun-Earth Days Annual Equinox Celebration

March 20, 2013 Spring or Vernal Equinox--first day of Spring

April 20, 2013 Environmental Awareness and Sustainability Day

April 20, 2013 Astronomy Day

April 22, 2013 Earth Day

June 20 - June 21, 2013 Summer Solstice

July 5, 2013 Earth at Aphelion (farthest distance from Sun)

August 12, 2013 Perseid Meteor Shower

September 6, 2013 Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) launches to the Moon

September 22, 2013 Fall Equinox--Autumn begins in the northern hemisphere

October 12, 2013 International Observe the Moon Night

October 13 - October 19, 2013 Earth Science Week

October 15 - November 30, 2013 Comet ISON visible to naked eye

October 21 - October 25, 2013 Solar Week

November 18, 2013 MAVEN Scheduled to Launch for Mars

December 13, 2013 Peak of the Geminid Meteor Shower

December 21, 2013 Winter Solstice--the first day of winter

January 4, 2014 Earth at Perihelion (closest point in its orbit to the Sun)

March 20, 2014 Spring Equinox (first day of spring)

April 12, 2014 Yuri's Night: The World Space Party

April 13 - April 19, 2014 National Environmental Education Week

April 15, 2014 Total Lunar Eclipse

April 20 - April 26, 2014 International Dark Sky Week

April 22, 2014 Earth Day

April 28 - May 2, 2014 Air Quality Awareness Week

May 10, 2014 Astronomy Day

August 11 - August 13, 2014 Perseid Meteor Shower

September 6, 2014 International Observe the Moon Night

September 22, 2014 MAVEN arrives in orbit around Mars

July 1, 2015 New Horizons mission flies by Pluto