New Moon Calendar 2011 – 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    who knows the answer ??..10 points for the 1st correct answer.?
    Just how meny Rats are there & what are thay all called ??
    Tip......Think of Astronomy in China.
    Michael G ....geting there.
    Raymond......almost got it
    Yes Raymond......got it ......well done.

    • ANSWER:
      (ny original posting talked of 4 cycles, not five -- this is the corrected version):

      I did not know that there were more than one.

      I know there are five Dragons, the main one being the Golden Dragon (or metal dragon). The year of the golden Dragon returns every 60 years (the last one was during our year 2000).

      60 years = 5 cycles of 12 years (the 12 animals).

      60 years was, for many people, approximately one lifetime; it was also probably enough to account for the duration of any emperor's reign.

      So I would guess that there are 5 rats to match the 5 dragons. However, one must be careful: the type of animal does change throughout a cycle.

      First, let's take care of the rats:

      5 cycles of 12 years (total = 60 years)

      Wood Rat
      Fire Rat
      Earth Rat (2008)
      Metal Rat (2020)
      Water Rat (2032)

      Now, for the present cycle (the Rat is the first animal of each cycle):

      2008: Earth Rat
      2009: Earth Ox (beef)
      2010: Metal Tiger
      2011: Metal Hare
      2012: Water Dragon
      2013: Water Snake
      2014: Wood Horse
      2015: Wood Sheep
      2016: Fire Monkey
      2017: Fire Rooster
      2018: Earth Dog
      2019: Earth Pig

      The year always begins with the second New Moon after the December solstice. For example, the year of the Earth Ox will begin on January 26, 2009. In the Chinese Calendar, the first day of the new year is also the first day of Spring (their seasons are ahead of ours -- those of us in the northern hemisphere, that is).

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      I just found this nice story on wikipedia:
      Supposedly, the twelve animals fought over the precedence of the animals in the cycle of years in the calendar, so the Chinese gods held a contest to determine the order. All the animals lined up on the bank of a river and were given the task of getting to the opposite shore. Their order in the calendar would be set by the order in which the animals managed to reach the other side. The cat wondered how he would get across if he was afraid of water. At the same time, the ox wondered how he would cross with his poor eyesight. The calculating rat suggested that he and the cat jump onto the ox's back and guide him across. The ox was steady and hard-working so that he did not notice a commotion on his back. In the meanwhile, the rat sneaked up behind the unsuspecting cat and shoved him into the water. Just as the ox came ashore, the rat jumped off and finished the race first. The lazy pig came to the far shore in twelfth place. And so the rat got the first year named after him, the ox got the second year, and the pig ended up as the last year in the cycle. The cat finished too late to win any place in the calendar, and vowed to be the enemy of the rat forevermore.

  2. QUESTION:
    Solar Eclipse?
    Where I live, a lunar eclipse just happened a few days ago.
    My teacher told me that in August, a solar eclipse will happen.
    is this true ?

    • ANSWER:
      Solar Eclipses: Past and Future

      The following links give detailed descriptions of all eclipses of the Sun and Moon from 2000 through 2008. The original reports were published in the annual Observer's Handbook of Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.
      Eclipses During: | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 |

      The next three total solar eclipses are:
      Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 August 01
      Total Solar Eclipse of 2009 July 22
      Total Solar Eclipse of 2010 July 11

      Predictions for Total Solar Eclipses of 2008, 2009 and 2010

      Some useful links to past and future solar are as follows.
      Decade Solar Eclipse Tables:
      | 1951 - 1960 | 1961 - 1970 | 1971 - 1980 | 1981 - 1990 | 1991 - 2000 |
      | 2001 - 2010 | 2011 - 2020 | 2021 - 2030 | 2031 - 2040 | 2041 - 2050 |

      Solar Eclipses on Google Maps:
      | 1901 - 1920 | 1921 - 1940 | 1941 - 1960 | 1961 - 1980 | 1981 - 2000 |
      | 2001 - 2020 | 2021 - 2040 | 2041 - 2060 | 2061 - 2080 | 2081 - 2100 |

      World Atlas of Solar Eclipse Maps: Index Page
      | 1901 - 1920 | 1921 - 1940 | 1941 - 1960 | 1961 - 1980 | 1981 - 2000 |
      | 2001 - 2020 | 2021 - 2040 | 2041 - 2060 | 2061 - 2080 | 2081 - 2100 |

      North America Solar Eclipse Maps: 1851-2100 - Index Page

      Javascript Solar Eclipse Explorer - calculate all solar eclipses visible from a city
      Five Millennium Solar Eclipse Search Engine - search for solar eclipses and plot on Google maps
      Five Millennium Catalog of Solar Eclipses: -1999 to +3000 - NASA Technical Publication
      Solar Eclipses: 2006 - 2012

      The table below lists every solar eclipse from 2006 through 2012. Click on any of the following values to link to additional information or maps:
      Calendar Date - link to global map showing eclipse visibility
      TD of Greatest Eclipse - link to animation of the Moon's penumbral and umbral shadows across Earth
      Eclipse Type - link to Google Map of eclipse path
      Saros Series - link to table of all eclipses in this the Saros cycle
      Central Duration - link to table of geographic coordinates for the path of a total, annular or hybrid eclipse
      Geographic Region of Eclipse Visibility - link to detailed description of an eclipse from RASC Observer's Handbook

      The Key to Solar Eclipse Table contains a detailed description of each item in the table. Solar Eclipses: 2006 - 2012
      Calendar DateTD of Greatest EclipseEclipse TypeSaros SeriesEclipse MagnitudeCentral DurationGeographic Region of Eclipse Visibility
      (Link to Global Map)(Link to Animation)(Link to Google Map)(Link to Saros)(Link to Path Table)(Link to RASC Observers Handbook)
      2006 Mar 29 10:12:23 Total 139 1.05204m07s Africa, Europe, w Asia
      [Total: c Africa, Turkey, Russia]
      2006 Sep 22 11:41:16 Annular 144 0.93507m09s S. America, w Africa, Antarctica
      [Annular: Guyana, Suriname, F. Guiana, s Atlantic]
      2007 Mar 19 02:32:57 Partial149 0.876- Asia, Alaska
      2007 Sep 11 12:32:24 Partial154 0.751- S. America, Antarctica
      2008 Feb 07 03:56:10 Annular 121 0.96502m12s Antarctica, e Australia, N. Zealand
      [Annular: Antarctica]
      2008 Aug 01 10:22:12 Total 126 1.03902m27s ne N. America, Europe, Asia
      [Total: n Canada, Greenland, Siberia, Mongolia, China]
      2009 Jan 26 07:59:45 Annular 131 0.92807m54s s Africa, Antarctica, se Asia, Australia
      [Annular: s Indian, Sumatra, Borneo]
      2009 Jul 22 02:36:25 Total 136 1.08006m39s e Asia, Pacific Ocean, Hawaii
      [Total: India, Nepal, China, c Pacific]
      2010 Jan 15 07:07:39 Annular 141 0.91911m08s Africa, Asia
      [Annular: c Africa, India, Malymar, China]
      2010 Jul 11 19:34:38 Total 146 1.05805m20s s S. America
      [Total: s Pacific, Easter Is., Chile, Argentina]
      2011 Jan 04 08:51:42 Partial151 0.858- Europe, Africa, c Asia
      2011 Jun 01 21:17:18 Partial118 0.601- e Asia, n N. America, Iceland
      2011 Jul 01 08:39:30 Partial156 0.097- s Indian Ocean
      2011 Nov 25 06:21:24 Partial123 0.905- s Africa, Antarctica, Tasmania, N.Z.
      2012 May 20 23:53:54 Annular 128 0.94405m46s Asia, Pacific, N. America
      [Annular: China, Japan, Pacific, w U.S.]
      2012 Nov 13 22:12:55 Total 133 1.05004m02s Australia, N.Z., s Pacific, s S. America
      [Total: n Australia, s Pacific]

      Geographic abbreviations (used above): n = north, s = south, e = east, w = west, c = central
      Decade Tables of Solar Eclipses

      Each link in the following table displays a page containing 10 years of eclipses. Every eclipse has links of global maps, interactive Google maps, animations, path coordinate tables, and saros tables.Decade Tables of Solar Eclipses
      Decades
      1901-1910 1911-1920 1921-1930 1931-1940 1941-1950
      1951-1960 1961-1970 1971-1980 1981-1990 1991-2000
      2001-2010 2011-2020 2021-2030 2031-2040 2041-2050
      2051-2060 2061-2070 2071-2080 2081-2090 2091-2100

      Twenty Year Solar Eclipse Path Tables (w/Google Maps)

      Each of the following links displays a table containing 20 years of total, annular and hybrid eclipses. Each eclipse offers links to a global map, shadow animation, interactive Google map, path coordinates table, and saros table.Twenty Year Solar Eclipse Path Tables (w/Google Maps)
      Years
      1901-1920 1921-1940 1941-1960 1961-1980 1981-2000
      2001-2020 2021-2040 2041-2060 2061-2080 2081-2100

      Century Catologs of Solar Eclipses

      Each link in the following table displays a catalog containing 100 years of eclipses. Every eclipse has links of global maps and saros tables.Century Catalogs of Solar Eclipses
      Centuries
      1001-1100 1101-1200 1201-1300 1301-1400 1401-1500
      1501-1600 1601-1700 1701-1800 1801-1900 1901-2000
      2001-2100 2101-2200 2201-2400 2301-2400 2401-2500
      2501-2600 2601-2700 2701-2800 2801-2900 2901-3000

      For other centuries, see Five Millennium Catalog of Solar Eclipses: -1999 to +3000
      Maps of Solar Eclipse Paths

      The World Atlas of Solar Eclipse Paths features maps showing the paths of all total, annular and hybrid eclipses. Each map in the atlas covers a 20-year period. The atlas spans five millennia from -1999 to +3000 (2000 BCE to 3000 CE).World Atlas of Solar Eclipse Paths
      19th Century1801-1820 1821-1840 1841-1860 1861-1880 1881-1900
      20th Century1901-1920 1921-1940 1941-1960 1961-1980 1981-2000
      21st Century2001-2020 2021-2040 2041-2060 2061-2080 2081-2100
      22nd Century2101-2120 2121-2140 2141-2160 2161-2180 2181-2200

      For eclipse maps covering other decades, see World Atlas of Solar Eclipse Paths.
      Other Eclipse Maps
      Maps of North American Eclipses: 1851-2100 - Web Page Index
      World Map of Total Solar Eclipses: 2001-2025 - (Medium Res) or (High Res)
      World Map of Annular Solar Eclipses: 2001-2025 - (Medium Res) or (High Res)
      World Maps of Solar Eclipses: -1999 - +3000 - World Atlas of Solar Eclipse Paths
      NASA Technical Publication - Five Millennium Canon of Solar Eclipses: -1999 to +3000
      Solar Eclipse Catalogs
      Catalog Solar Eclipses: 2001-2025
      Catalog of Central Solar Eclipses: 1991-2030 (with links to Global Maps and Path Coordinates)
      Five Millennium Catalog of Solar Eclipses: -1999 to +3000
      Five Millennium Catalog of Hybrid Solar Eclipses: -1999 to +3000
      Ten Millennium Catalog of Very Long Solar Eclipses: -3999 to +6000
      Saros Catalog of Solar Eclipses: Saros 1 - 175

      Five Millennium Solar Eclipse Search Engine - search for solar eclipses from -1999 to + 3000
      Javascript Solar Eclipse Explorer - calculate all solar eclipses visible from a city
      Solar Eclipses - Special Interest
      Solar Eclipses of Historical Interest
      Eclipses and the Saros
      Solar Eclipses for Students and Beginners!
      Solar Eclipse Photography
      Javascript Solar Eclipse Explorer - calculate all solar eclipses visible from a city
      References Useful to Solar Eclipse Prediction
      Safe Eclipse Viewing and Photography
      Solar Eclipse Eye Safety
      Solar Eclipse Eye Safety (Ralph Chou)
      Safe Eclipse Viewing Techniques
      Solar Filters - Time for an International Standard (Ralph Chou)
      Eclipse Photography
      Special Features
      All About Time Zones and Universal Time
      Daylight Saving Time
      Julian and Gregorian Calendars
      Calendar Dating Conventions (CE and BCE)
      Javascript Calendar Converter
      Delta-T and Universal Time
      Measuring the Moon's Distance - Apollo Laser Reflectors
      Dedicated Solar Eclipse Web Pages
      Total Solar Eclipse of 2010 Jul 11
      Total Solar Eclipse of 2009 Jul 22
      Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 Aug 01
      Annular Solar Eclipse of 2006 September 22
      Total Solar Eclipse of 2006 March 29
      Annular Solar Eclipse of 2005 October 03
      Hybrid Solar Eclipse of 2005 April 08
      Total Solar Eclipse of 2003 November 23
      Annular Solar Eclipse of 2003 May 31
      Total Solar Eclipse of 2002 December 04
      Annular Solar Eclipse of 2002 June 10
      Annular Solar Eclipse of 2001 December 14
      Total Solar Eclipse of 2001 June 21
      Partial Solar Eclipse: 2000 December 25
      Partial Solar Eclipse: 2000 July 30-31
      Total Solar Eclipse of 1999 August 11
      Annular Solar Eclipse of 1999 February 16
      Total Solar Eclipse of 1998 February 26
      NASA Solar Eclipse Publications Online

      The Five Millennium Canon of Solar Eclipses contains maps of every solar eclipse from -1999 to +3000 (2000 BCE to 3000 CE).
      NASA TP2006-214141: Five Millennium Canon of Solar Eclipses: -1999 to +3000 (2000 BCE to 3000 CE)

      NASA's Solar Eclipse Bulletins are special publications issued periodically which focus on major upcoming solar eclipses. Each bulletin contains detailed eclipse predictions, local circumstances, maps and climatological data along the eclipse path.
      NASA TP2007-14149: Total Solar Eclipse of 2008 August 01
      NASA TP2004-212762: Total Solar Eclipse of 2006 March 29
      NASA TP2002-211618: Annular and Total Solar Eclipses of 2003
      NASA TP2001-209990: Total Solar Eclipse of 2002 December 04
      NASA TP1999-209484: Total Solar Eclipse of 2001 June 21
      NASA RP1398: Total Solar Eclipse of 1999 August 11
      NASA RP1383: Total Solar Eclipse of 1998 Februa


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