Following the Planets

November 18, 2016

  • Full moon November 14th.

  • *Annual almanac of celestial events 2015
    *Lunar Phase, Perigee and Apogee Calculator
    *IRIS Seismic Monitor
    *Solar News and Updates
    *Latest Solar Events

    A Geo-centric View of the Planets

  • The chart at the top of the page is a geo-centric view of the planets that is updated on a daily basis. What you see there is the sun, the moon, and the planets as they appear when viewed from the earth. [South is 'up' in the chart (in the northern hemisphere above 23.5 degrees). East is to the left and west to the right. That is, the sun is on the left at sunrise, at the top at noon, and on the right at sunset.] The planets that are close to the sun on its left can be seen after sunset, while those to the right of it can be seen before sunrise (unless, of course, they are too close to the sun to be seen).

  • Generally, everything you see there is moving counter-clockwise around the earth which is at the center of the image. The two exceptions are, of course, Mercury and Venus, both of which always travel close to the sun, and which appear to travel from left to right as they move between the sun and the earth, as Mercury is doing now. When they make their turn toward the backside of the sun (as seen from the earth) they appear to move from the right to the left.

    2015 Geocentric Planetary Review and Quake Watch Guide

    If you have read much of what I have presented, you will know that I focus on new and full moon when the sun, moon and earth align in one plane, as well as on solar and lunar eclipses when the sun, moon and earth align in two planes, and on the times when either a new or full moon is close to the earth (its perigee) which causes the highest tides of the year. We add to those the time when the earth is closest to the sun, the first week in January (perihelion = close to the sun); and the times when the moon or sun conjoin and oppose planets or when the planets conjoin and oppose each other.

    I hope that you will please forgive the fact that the text here repeats some, but this has been composed of parts which were written at different times. I hate typing, so I ask that you also please forgive any hypos that you find here. You will note that you can see the index of all the files in this folder by clicking on this link -

    You can send email to: bigbytes at dcsymbols dot com.

    Lunar Perigee and Apogee Calculator

    To display the date, time, and distance of lunar perigees and apogees
    for a given year, enter the year in the box below and press Calculate.


    Perigees and Apogees

  • All dates and times are Universal time (UTC). For each perigee and apogee the distance in kilometers between the centers of the Earth and Moon is given.

  • The closest perigee and most distant apogee of the year are marked with "++" if closer in time to Full Moon or "--" if closer to New Moon. Other close-to-maximum apogees and perigees are flagged with a single character, again indicating the nearer phase.

  • Following the flags is the interval between the moment of perigee or apogee and the closest new or full phase. "F" indicates the perigee or apogee is closer to Full Moon, and "N" that New Moon is closer. The sign indicates whether the perigee or apogee is before ("-") or after ("+") the indicated phase, followed by the interval in days and hours.

  • The Moon Phase Table

  • This table gives the time of all new and full Moons in the indicated year, as well as the last phase of the preceding year and the first phase of the next year.

  • New and Full Moons

    The above document is in the public domain.

  • Que Paso?

    People who want to be able to keep up with the positions of the planets on your computer can download Astrolog, a free program that allows you to view the planets heliocentrically and geocentrically. Be sure to go to Info/Default Chart Info (Alt + D) to set your long and lat. The images above were generated with Astrolog. It has an animation function too. If you hit the x and m keys you get a black and white screen.

    Here is a list of some of the webpages that I keep up with in order to update myself on what has been happening in the world:

  • The IRIS Seismic Monitor (Map) - If you follow that for a while, you begin to get a sense of the patterns of when and where quakes are and are not happening. Note the link that reads last 30 days.
  • Latest Earthquakes Magnitude 5.0 and Greater in the World Last 7 days (List) - Six point and better quakes are marked in red.
  • Recent Earthquakes in California and Nevada (Map) - Note the links to Southern California and Northern California quakes.
  • Big Earthquakes on Ca/Nev Index Map (List) - Quakes 3.0 and larger.
  • - News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras, and near-Earth asteroids.
  • The Stereo website - Solar Terrestrial Relations - STEREO consists of two space-based observatories - one ahead of Earth in its orbit, the other trailing behind. With this new pair of viewpoints, scientists will be able to see the structure and evolution of solar storms as they blast from the Sun and move out through space..
  • Weather Underground
  • Google News - This lets you customize sections of news that you may want to see like 'earthquake' or 'hurricane'. The latter produces news about Miami football too sometimes.

    Days since the last M 6+ quake worldwide:

  • November 14, an M 6.4 quake 00:34:22.1 SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND, and
  • November 13, an M 7.8 quake 21:43:01 SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND, and
    . an M 6.5 quake 11:32:07.6 SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND, and
    an M 6.2 quake 14:01:00.2 LA RIOJA, ARGENTINA.
  • November 12, an M 6.2 quake 21:43:01 NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN.
  • November 4, an M 6.4 quake 16:20:44 MAULE, CHILE.

  • October 26, an M 6.1 quake 19:18:06 CENTRAL ITALY.
  • October 21, an M 6.2 quake 05:07:23 WESTERN HONSHU, JAPAN.
  • October 19, an M 6.6 quake 00:26:02 JAVA SEA.
  • October 15, an M 6.4 quake 08:03:39 NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.
  • October 17, an M 6.9 quake 06:14:57 NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G., and
    an M 6.4 quake 21:28:40.9 FIJI REGION.

  • September 24, an M 6.4 quake 21:07:12.6 TONGA, and
    an M 6.9 quake 21:28:40.9 FIJI REGION.
  • September 23, an M 6.2 quake 06:13:23.4 OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN, and
    an M 6.3 quake 22:53:09 MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES.
  • September 20, an M 6.1 quake 16:21:16 IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION.
  • September 14, an M 6.0 quake 07:25:00 SOLOMON ISLANDS.
  • September 10, an M 6.0 quake 10:08:19 NORTHERN PERU.
  • September 8, an M 6.1 quake 21:46:20 MACQUARIE ISLAND REGION.
  • September 5, an M 6.3 quake 22:54:04 KOMANDORSKIYE OSTROVA REGION.
  • September 1, an M 7.1 quake 16:37:58 OFF E. COAST OF N. ISLAND, N.Z.

  • August 31, an M 6.7 quake 03:11:36 NEW IRELAND REGION, P.N.G..
  • August 29, an M 7.1 quake 04:29:59 NORTH OF ASCENSION ISLAND.
  • August 24, an M 6.2 quake 01:36:32 CENTRAL ITALY, and
    an M 6.8 quake 10:34:54 MYANMAR.
  • August 21, an M 6.4 quake 03:45:23 SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND REGION.
  • August 20, an M 6.0 quake 09:01:26 OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN.
  • August 19, an M 7.4 quake 07:32:23 SOUTH GEORGIA ISLAND REGION.
  • August 12, an M 7.2 quake 01:26:36 SOUTHEAST OF LOYALTY ISLANDS, and
    an M 6.2 quake 03:29:24 SOUTH OF FIJI ISLANDS.
  • August 4, an M 6.1 quake 14:15:11 JUJUY, ARGENTINA, and
    an M 6.2 quake 16:24:34 VOLCANO ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION.
  • August 1, an M 6.1 quake 07:42:57 SOUTH INDIAN OCEAN.

  • July 29, an M 7.7 quake 21:18:30 PAGAN REG., N. MARIANA ISLANDS.
  • July 27, an M 6.0 quake 01:25:12 OFF COAST OF AISEN, CHILE.
  • July 25, an M 6.4 quake 19:38:44 ADMIRALTY ISLANDS REGION, P.N.G.
  • July 20, an M 6.0 quake 15:13:15 VANUATU.
  • July 13, an M 6.3 quake 12:11:13 KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION.
  • July 11, an M 6.3 quake 02:11:0 NEAR COAST OF ECUADOR.

  • June 26, an M 6.4 quake 11:17:12 KYRGYZSTAN.
  • June 21, an M 6.1 quake 16:26:34 NORTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE,
    and am M 6.3 quake 17:12:07 NEW IRELAND REGION, P.N.G..
  • June 19, an M 6.3 quake 09:47:22 VANUATU.
  • June 14, an M 6.2 quake 13:49:24 VANUATU.
  • June 10, an M 6.2 quake 03:25:22 NEAR COAST OF NICARAGUA,
    and am M 6.2 quake 04:17:44 SOLOMON ISLANDS.
  • June 9, an M 6.2 quake 04:13:08 SOUTH OF LOMBOK, INDONESIA.
  • June 7, an M 6.2 quake 10:51:44 OFFSHORE JALISCO, MEXICO,
    and am M 6.3 quake 19:15:17 MOLUCCA SEA.
  • June 6,an m 6.0 quake 02:35:25 KERMADEC ISLANDS, NEW ZEALAND.
  • June 5, an M 6.3 quake 16:25:34 BANDA SEA.
  • June 1, an M 6.5 quake 22:56:01 KEP. MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA.

  • May 31, an M 6.4 quake 05:23:47 TAIWAN REGION.
  • May 28, an M 6.6 quake 05:38:49.8 FIJI REGION,and
  • an M 7.2 quake 09:47:01 SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION.
  • May 27, an M 6.4 quake 04:08:41 FIJI REGION.
  • May 18, an M 6.7 quake 07:57:04 NEAR COAST OF ECUADOR, and
    an M 6.8 quake 16:46:40 NEAR COAST OF ECUADOR.

  • April 29, an M 6.6 quake 01:33:37 NORTHERN EAST PACIFIC RISE.
  • April 28, an M 7.0 quake 19:33:24 VANUATU.
  • April 22, an M 6.0 quake 03:03:41 NEAR COAST OF ECUADOR.
  • April 21, an M 6.2 quake 08:33:46.5 NEAR COAST OF ECUADOR, and
    an M 6.0 quake 08:35:10 NEAR COAST OF ECUADOR.
  • April 20, an M 6.1 quake 08:33:46 NEAR COAST OF ECUADOR.
  • April 16, an M 7.8 quake 23:58:37 NEAR COAST OF ECUADOR.
  • April 15, an M 6.2 quake 14:11:30 OFFSHORE GUATEMALA, and
    an m 7.0 quake 16:25:07 KYUSHU, JAPAN.
  • April 14, an M 6.2 quake 12:26:36 KYUSHU, JAPAN, and
    an M 6.0 quake 15:03:47 KYUSHU, JAPAN, and.
    an M 6.5 quake 21:50:26 VANUATU.
  • April 13, an M 6.9 quake 13:55:17 MYANMAR.
  • April 10, an M 6.6 quake 10:28:55 PAKISTAN.
  • April 7, an M 6.7 quake 03:32:54 VANUATU.
  • April 6, an M 6.9 quake 06:58:49 VANUATU, and
    an M 6.0 quake 14:45:35 JAVA, INDONESIA.
  • April 3, an M 6.9 quake 08:23:54 VANUATU.
  • April 2, an M 6.2 quake 05:50:00 ALASKA PENINSULA.
  • April 1, an M 6.0 quake 02:39:07 NEAR S. COAST OF WESTERN HONSHU, and
    an M 6.1 quake 19:25:01 NEAR N COAST OF NEW GUINEA, PNG..

  • March 20, an M 6.4 quake 22:50:18 NEAR EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA.
  • March 19, an M 6.0 quake 01:35:10 ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS., and
    an M 6.0 quake 11:26:30 ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA REGION.
  • March 12, an M 6.3 quake 18:06:44 ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS.
  • March 2, an M 7.8 quake 12:49:46 SOUTHWEST OF SUMATRA, INDONESIA.

  • February 17, an M 6.0 quake 17:26:02 HALMAHERA, INDONESIA.
  • February 16, an M 6.0 quake 23:48:35 SOUTHERN EAST PACIFIC RISE.
  • February 15, an M 6.2 quake 19:28:04 AUCKLAND ISLANDS, N.Z. REGION.
  • February 12, an M 6.3 quake 10:02:24 SUMBA REGION, INDONESIA.
  • February 10, an M 6.3 quake 00:33:05 COQUIMBO, CHILE.
  • February 8, an M 6.4 quake 16:19:14 BOUGAINVILLE REGION, P.N.G..
  • February 5, an M 6.4 quake 19:57:27 TAIWAN.
  • February 1, an M 6.2 quake 19:00:44 KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION.

  • January 31, an M 6.0 quake 17:39:04 BALLENY ISLANDS REGION.
  • January 30, an M 7.2 quake 03:25:09 KAMCHATKA PENINSULA, RUSSIA.
  • January 25, an M 6.1 quake 04:22:02 STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR.
  • January 24, an M 7.1 quake 10:30:30 SOUTHERN ALASKA.
  • January 21, an M 6.6 quake 18:07:03 OFF COAST OF JALISCO, MEXICO.
  • January 14, an M 6.1 quake 03:25:28 SANTA CRUZ, BOLIVIA,and
    an M 6.7 quake 03:25:33 HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION.
  • January 11, an M 6.5 quake 16:38:05 KEPULAUAN TALAUD, INDONESIA.
  • January 3, an M 6.7 quake 23:05:21 MANIPUR, INDIA REGION.
  • January 1, an M 6.3 quake 02:00:39 WESTERN INDIAN-ANTARCTIC RIDGE.

  • Decmber 25, an M 6.3 quake 19:14:47 HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN.
  • Decmber 24, an M 6.1 quake 19:44:02 SOUTHERN EAST PACIFIC RISE.
  • Decmber 20, an M 6.0 quake 18:47:36 KALIMANTAN, INDONESIA.
  • Decmber 17, an M 6.6 quake 19:49:53 CHIAPAS, MEXICO.
  • Decmber 9, an M 6.9 quake 10:21:51 BANDA SEA.
  • Decmber 7, an M 7.2 quake 07:50:07 TAJIKISTAN.
  • Decmber 4, an M 7.1 quake 22:24:53 SOUTHEAST INDIAN RIDGE.

  • November 26, an M 6.2 quake 21:00:19 OFFSHORE ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE.
  • November 26, an M 6.7 quake 05:45:18 PERU-BRAZIL BORDER REGION.
  • November 24, an M 7.6 quake 22:45:40 CENTRAL PERU, and
    an M 7.6 quake 22:50:54 CENTRAL PERU.
  • November 21, an M 6.1 quake 09:06:15 KEP. TANIMBAR REGION, INDONESIA.
  • November 18, an M 7.0 quake 18:31:03 SOLOMON ISLANDS.
  • November 17, an M 6.5 quake 07:10:09 GREECE.
  • November 13, an M 6.7 quake 20:51:35 KYUSHU, JAPAN.
  • November 11, an M 6.9 quake 01:54:36 OFF COAST OF COQUIMBO, CHILE,and
    an M 6.9 quake 02:46:20 OFF COAST OF COQUIMBO, CHILE.
  • November 9, an M 6.4 quake 16:03:45 ANDREANOF ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN IS.
  • November 8, an M 6.1 quake 09:34:57 SSW of Padangsidempuan, Indonesia, and
    an M 6.4 quake 16:47:04 NICOBAR ISLANDS, INDIA REGION.
  • November 7, an M 6.2 quake 07:04:30 OFF COAST OF COQUIMBO, CHILE, and
    an M 6.8 quake 07:31:41 COQUIMBO, CHILE.
  • November 4, an M 6.3 quake 03:44:15 KEPULAUAN ALOR, INDONESIA.

  • Octber 26, an M 7.5 quake 09:09:32 HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN.
  • Octber 20, an M 7.1 quake 21:52:03 VANUATU.
  • Octber 18, an M 6.0 quake 16:18:35 TONGA.
  • Octber 5, an M 6.0 quake 02:51:17 OffSHORE COQUIMBO, CHILE.

    2012 Significant Earthquakes
    Magnitude 7 and Greater Earthquakes in 2012

    Those who are new to this page will want to note that I am tracking -

  • new and full moons, when the sun, moon and earth are in one plane;
  • solar and lunar eclipses, when the sun, moon and earth line up perfectly (in 2 planes);
  • tidal peaks, when a new or full moon is also close to the earth (every 7 months);
  • conjunctions and oppositions of the planets to one another; and
  • times when the moon or the sun conjoin and oppose the planets.


    On March 19, 2011 the moon made an especially close approach to the earth when its monthly close approach coincided almost exactly with a full moon. The full moons in Feb, March and April will be larger for this reason. I have reposted the video linked to above, entitled "EARTHQUAKE DANGER from HIGH TIDES", which points out that large quakes happen near these times when the tides peak, but not usually at the same time. The Haiti quake happened 18 days before the peak in Jan 2010. The 2004 tsunami and quake on Dec 26th happened before the Jan 10, 2005 peak. In 2008, the tides peaked June 3rd, and the China quake happened on May 12th.

    Then again, the 8.8 2010 Chile quake happened at the full moon following the peak of the tides. When the Chile quake happened, the sun was conjoining Jupiter. This time (2011), the tides peak March 19th, and the sun conjoins Jupiter April 6th. The earth also passes between the sun and Saturn April 4th after the new moon April 3. Mercury passes between the sun and the earth April 9th. I expect more large quakes then too.

    Tidal Influences

  • The tides peak on March 19th and October 26th when the moon's close approach to the earth (the moon's perigee) coincides with a full moon (March) and a new moon (Oct). The full moons in Feb, March and April will be especially large as the moon will be close to the earth then. (see the perigee table down the page) Note that the sun conjoins Uranus at the same times as the full moon March 19th in addition to the moon being close to the earth then.

    As the moon orbits the earth, the major axis of its orbit is pointed toward the earth every seven months. At those times, the moon's perigee (its monthly close approach to the earth) coincides with either a new or a full moon, producing the highest tides of the year. That is, the tides peak every seven months, alternately at new and full moons. They peak at the third full moon of the year on March 19, 2011.

    On Feb 21 we see an article proclaiming that 'Minneapolis has second snowiest winter since 1891 -- so far'. If you look at the perigee calculator, you will see that in 1891 the new moon was close to the earth on Feb 9 and March 10th.

    ** Have a look at this article which suggests that the current storm (Feb 2-3, 2011) that is hitting the midwest US could be one for the record books. It is suggested that this storm could produce more snow that the 23.0 inches in Chicago Jan 26-27, 1967. If you look at a perigee calculator, you will see that the tides peaked at the full moon March 26th that year.

    ** See this article about the Blizzard of 1993, a large cyclonic storm that occurred on March 12-13, 1993, on the East Coast of North America. Looking at the perigee calculator you will see that the tides peak at a full moon on March 8th that year. I expect something spectacular this year near the tidal peak on March 19th. [It has been determined that January 2011 was the coldest January since 1994 BTW.]

    ** This article about Level 5 Tropical Cyclones states that "Severe Tropical Cyclone Althea was at the time considered to be one of the strongest cyclones to affect the Queensland coast". Although the dates for Althea were 19 - 24 December 1971, you can see by looking at the perigee calculator that in 1971 the tides peaked at a new moon on March 26th.

    Tides and Volcanic Activity

  • Tidal expert Fergus Wood has suggested (in the 1970's) that storms tend to resonate and get worse at the second and third lunations after the peak of the tides. Below you can see a precursor event two weeks before the peak is marked 1, the peak is marked 2, and the second and third lunations are marked 3 and 4. (1 in 2011 would be the new moon on the March 4th and 2 would be on March 19th.) The events two and three months after the peak occurred at the full moons in May and June in 2011.

    * Lunar Perigee Calculator
    * Tide Tables

    In 1980, I used this idea to predict the first eruptions of Mt St Helen's. That year the tides peaked on March 16, very close to the time that they will peak next March. In 1980, the mountain began having earthquakes at the time that the tides peaked; when the moon's monthly close approach to the earth was 1 hour from the new moon on March 16th (similar to what we see this year).

    When I looked at the new moons two and three months after the tidal peak of March 16, 1980, I noticed that at the May new moon, both the moon and sun were conjoined by Mercury (as seen from the earth) at that time, and that the earth was passing between the sun and Uranus then. As Uranus and Neptune were 30 degrees apart that year, the next new moon happened as the earth passed between the sun and Neptune. Venus also conjoined the sun on June 14th.

    I filmed a 30 minute interview in April 1980 with the local NBC TV station where I predicted that the mountain would blow up at either the new moon May 13-4, or the new moon June 11-2. Between the time that aired on TV and the time the mountain erupted, it had been quiet for a while, and they had re-opened 'the red zone' that had been closed around it. The first three eruptions of the mountain were on May 18 (57 people died), May 25 and June 12th.

    After the wet period there is a dry period.

    As has been pointed out above, the tides peak in the early part of 2011 on March 19th, and they peak in the later part of 2011 on October 26th. It was also suggested that tidal peaks are followed by 3 and a half months of wetter weather. That means that the beginning of the hurricane season falls at the tail end of the wet period, and that it should be drier from July until the beginning of October. I expect the worst part of the hurricane season to be late due to the timing of the tidal peak in October.

  • The Heliocentric View of the Planets

  • The chart below is a helio-centric view of the planets that is updated on a daily basis. Everything you see is rotating counter-clockwise around the sun which is at the center of the image. As you can see, Venus has just opposed Uranus and Jupiter, and is has just conjoined Saturn; Mars has now opposed the earth, and Jupiter opposes Saturn soon.

  • The current heliocentric view of the planets.

    . . .

    Mercury and Venus are always 'near' the sun (ASFTE) since they are closer to that than the earth is. Mercury moves much faster than Venus. Both Mercury and Venus are now to the 'right' of the sun, as they have both passed 'in front of' the sun, as seen from the earth. They have both reached their maximum elongation from the sun, and have begun their respective journeys toward the back-side of the sun. Mercury will conjoin the sun early on Feb 25th. Venus passes on the back-side of the sun on Aug 17th, at the same time that Mercury passes in 'front' of it. That is both Mercury and Venus conjoin the sun (as seen from the earth) on Aug 17!! [There were two 7+ quakes in Vanuatu Aug 20th.)

  • The moon moves (around the earth) 13 degrees a day, the sun moves 30 degrees a month, and Jupiter moves (around the sun) 30 degrees a year. [Remember that the planetary positions look differently when viewed from the sun than when viewed from the earth.] Uranus and Neptune are about 30 degrees apart heliocentrically (as Uranus 'passed' Neptune in 1993-4). Saturn opposed Uranus 1 Sept 2009. Jupiter conjoined Neptune 19 Sept 2009 and it conjoined Uranus on 23 Sept 2010.

    [The largest quake in the world for 2011 happened in Japan on March 11th, 8 days before the 'super full moon' on March 19th, when the tides peaked for the early part of 2011. There were M 7.1 quakes in Japan on April 7th and 11th as well.]

    To repeat: between Sept 2009 and Feb 2011, we see the last four alignments of the Big Four Planets for a few years. Jupiter conjoined Neptune (as seen from the sun) in Sept 2009. It conjoined Uranus (ASFTS) in Sept 2010, Saturn opposed Uranus in 2010, and Jupiter opposes Saturn in Feb 2011. The next set of alignments will occur when Jupiter reaches the opposite side of the sun and it will opposes Neptune, opposes Uranus and conjoin Saturn. I expect the next round of large California earthquakes when Jupiter conjoins Neptune again.

  • Facing the Future

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