The sky at night in Tanzania is magnificent. With the Milky Way clearly visible much of the time. Also the large and small Magellanic Clouds (extra-galactic small dwarf galaxies orbiting the Milky Way that are only visible in the southern hemisphere). It is a great experience to sit up at night whilst on safari and listen to lions roaring whilst enjoying a spectacular Meteor Shower. Below is a calender of events you can see in the night sky in Tanzania this year.

January 3, 4 - Quadrantids Meteor Shower. The Quadrantids have up to 40 meteors per hour at their peak. The shower peaks around January 3 & 4, but some meteors are visible from January 1 - 5. Look for meteors diverging from the constellation Bootes.

January 11 - New Moon. The Moon will be exactly between the Earth and the Sun and is not visible from Earth. This happens at 19:44 UTC.

January 27 - Full Moon. The Moon will be exactly opposite the Earth from the Sun and will be fully seen from Earth. This happens at 04:38 UTC.

February 10 - New Moon. The Moon will be exactly between the Earth and the Sun and is not visible from Earth. This happens at 07:20 UTC.

February 25 - Full Moon. The Moon will be exactly opposite the Earth from the Sun and will be fully seen from Earth. This happens at20:26 UTC.

March 11 - New Moon. The Moon will be exactly between the Earth and the Sun and is not visible from Earth. This happens at 19:51 UTC.

March 20 - March Equinox. The equinox occurs at 11:02 UTC. The Sun shines directly on the equator and there will be equal amounts of day and night throughout the world. This is the vernal equinox (first day of spring) in the northern hemisphere and the autumnal equinox (the first day of autumn) in the southern hemisphere.

March 27 - Full Moon. The Moon will be exactly opposite the Earth from the Sun and will be fully seen from Earth. This happens at 09:27 UTC.

April 10 - New Moon. The Moon will be exactly between the Earth and the Sun and is not visible from Earth. This happens at 09:35 UTC.

April 21, 22 - Lyrids Meteor Shower. The Lyrids usually produce about 20 meteors per hour at their peak. These meteors can produce bright dust trails lasting a few seconds. The shower peaks on April 21 & 22 but some meteors can be visible from April 16 - 25. Look for meteors coming from the constellation of Lyra after midnight.

April 25 - Full Moon. The Moon will be exactly opposite the Earth from the Sun and will be completely illuminated as seen from Earth. This happens at 19:57 UTC.

April 25 - Partial Lunar Eclipse. This eclipse should be visible throughout most of Africa weather permitting.

April 28 - Saturn at Opposition. This spectacular ringed planet will be at its closest to Earth and will be fully illuminated by the Sun. This is the best possible time to view Saturn and its moons.

May 5, 6 - Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower. The Eta Aquarids usually produce about 10 meteors per hour at their peak. The peak usually occurs on May 5 & 6, however viewing should be good on any morning from May 4 - 7. The meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius. Best viewing is usually to the east after midnight.

May 10 - New Moon. The Moon will be exactly between the Earth and the Sun and is not visible from Earth. This happens at 00:28 UTC.

May 10 - Annular Solar Eclipse. The path of the eclipse will begin in western Australia and move east across the central Pacific Ocean.

May 25 - Full Moon. The Moon will be exactly opposite the Earth from the Sun and will be completely illuminated as seen from Earth. This happens at 04:25 UTC.

May 28 - Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. The two planets will be within 1 degree of each other and bright in the evening sky. The planet Mercury will also will also be clearly visible nearby. Look to the west near sunset.

June 8 - New Moon. The Moon will be exactly between the Earth and the Sun and is not visible from Earth. This happens at 15:56 UTC.

June 21 - June Solstice. The solstice occurs at 05:04 UTC. The North Pole is tilted toward the Sun, which reaches its northernmost position in the sky. This is the summer solstice (first day of summer) in the northern hemisphere and the winter solstice (first day of winter) in the southern hemisphere.

June 8 - New Moon. The Moon will be exactly between the Earth and the Sun and is not visible from Earth. This happens at 15:56 UTC.

June 23 - Full Moon. The Moon will be exactly opposite the Earth from the Sun and will be completely illuminated as seen from Earth. This happens at 11:32 UTC.

July 8 - New Moon. The Moon will be exactly between the Earth and the Sun and is not visible from Earth. This happens at 07:14 UTC.

July 22 - Full Moon. The Moon will be exactly opposite the Earth from the Sun and will be completely illuminated as seen from Earth. This happens at18:15 UTC.

July 28, 29 - Southern Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower. The Delta Aquarids usually produce about 20 meteors per hour at their peak. The shower normally peaks around July 28 & 29, but some meteors can still be seen from July 18 - August 18. The meteors radiate from the constellation Aquarius. Best viewing is usually to the east after midnight.

August 6 - New Moon. The Moon will be exactly between the Earth and the Sun and is not visible from Earth. This happens at 21:51 UTC.

August 12, 13 - Perseids Meteor Shower. The Perseids is mainly a northern hemisphere event but as Tanzania is close to the equator they can still be seen. It produces up to 60 meteors per hour at peak. The shower's peak usually occurs on August 13 & 14, but you may be able to see some meteors any time from July 23 - August 22. The radiant point for this shower will be in the constellation Perseus, look to the north-east after midnight.

August 21 - Full Moon The Moon will be exactly opposite the Earth from the Sun and will be completely illuminated as seen from Earth. This happens at 01:45 UTC.

August 27 - Neptune at Opposition. The planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and will be completely illuminated by the Sun. This is the best time to view Neptune. As it is so far away it will only appear as a small blue dot in all but the most powerful telescopes.

September 5 - New Moon. The Moon will be exactly between the Earth and the Sun and is not visible from Earth. This happens at 11:36 UTC.

September 19 - Full Moon. The Moon will be exactly opposite the Earth from the Sun and will be completely illuminated as seen from Earth. This happens at 11:13 UTC.

September 22 - September Equinox. The September equinox occurs at 20:44 UTC. The Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world. This is the autumnal equinox in the northern hemisphere and the vernal equinox in the southern hemisphere.

October 3 - Uranus at Opposition. This planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and completely illuminated by the Sun. This is the best time to view Uranus. It will only appear in most telescopes as a tiny green dot as it is a long way away.

October 5 - New Moon. The Moon will be exactly between the Earth and the Sun and is not visible from Earth. This happens at 00:34 UTC.

October 18 - Full Moon. The Moon will be exactly opposite the Earth from the Sun and will be completely illuminated as seen from Earth. This happens at23:38 UTC.

October 18 - Penumbral Lunar Eclipse.

October 21, 22 - Orionids Meteor Shower. The Orionids produces about 20 meteors per hour at their peak. This shower usually peaks on the 21st, but it is irregular. A good show could be experienced on any morning from October 20 - 24, and some meteors may be seen from October 17 - 25.Best viewing will be eastwards after midnight.

November 3 - New Moon. The Moon will be exactly between the Earth and the Sun and is not visible from Earth. This happens at 12:50 UTC.

November 3 - Hybrid Solar Eclipse. This eclipse path will begin in the Atlantic Ocean off the United States and move east across the Atlantic and across central Africa.

November 17 - Full Moon. The Moon will be exactly opposite the Earth from the Sun and will be completely illuminated as seen from Earth. This happens at 15:16 UTC.

November 17, 18 - Leonids Meteor Shower. The Leonids is a good shower to observe, producing an average of 40 meteors per hour at peak. The shower itself peaks every 33 years where hundreds of meteors can be seen each hour. The last of these occurred in 2001. The shower usually peaks on November 17 & 18, but you may see some meteors from November 13 - 20. Look for meteors radiating from Leo after midnight.

December 3 - New Moon. The Moon will be exactly between the Earth and the Sun and is not visible from Earth. This happens at 00:22 UTC.

December 13, 15 - Geminids Meteor Shower. Possibly the best meteor shower. The Geminids produce up to 60 multicoloured meteors per hour at their peak. The peak usually occurs between December 13 & 14, although some meteors are visible from December 6 - 19. The meteors radiate from the constellation Gemini. Best viewing is usually to the east after midnight.

December 17 - Full Moon. The Moon will be exactly opposite the Earth from the Sun and will be completely illuminated as seen from Earth. This happens at 09:28 UTC.

December 21 - December Solstice. The solstice happens at 17:11 UTC. The South Pole is tilted toward the Sun, which will have reached its southernmost position in the sky. This is the first day of winter in the northern hemisphere and the first day of summer in the southern hemisphere.

We customise your itinerary to suit your interests. Please contact us if you are interested in stargazing on safari and we will design a tailor-made Tanzania safari to suit your individual interests.

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