Timeline of the near future
This is a timeline of the near future, covering predicted or calculated events from the present until the end of the 23rd century.
- The Voyager program is expected to terminate.
- 24 July – 9 August: 2020 Summer Olympics to be held in Tokyo, Japan.
- China's third space station is scheduled to launch.
- The Jeddah Tower is expected to be completed and will become the world's tallest building.
- The New World Trade Center will be complete.
- The 2020 United States elections will occur, including the 2020 presidential election.
- London's new "super sewer" will be finished.
- The Compact of Free Association between the United States and the Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands expires.
- Copyright on the earliest Mickey Mouse cartoons expires in the United States under current copyright law.
- On October 29, Turkey will commemorate the 100th anniversary of its independence.
- At some point in this year, SpaceX plans to send a private citizen (and a group of artists of his choosing) on a lunar free return tourism mission.
- 2030: European Space Agency's spacecraft JUICE is expected to enter the Jovian system.
- 2032: Transit of Mercury
- 2038: Year 2038 problem, similar to the Year 2000 problem that occurred on January 1, 2000.
- 2039: Transit of Mercury
- 2040: Median value for the advent of artificial general intelligence according to a 2012 study of predictions thereof. This could then quickly lead to the technological singularity.
- 2042: Global population reaches nine billion. Non-Hispanic whites become a minority in the United States.
- On July 1, the People's Republic of China's obligation to run Hong Kong as a special administrative region per the Sino-British Joint Declaration expires, and with it the enforceability of the Hong Kong Basic Law.
- On August 14, Pakistan will commemorate the 100th anniversary of its independence.
- On August 15, India will commemorate the 100th anniversary of its independence.
- 2048: On April 16,[note 1] Israel will commemorate the 100th anniversary of its independence. The centenary celebrations would include the opening of a time capsule embedded in the National Library of Israel.
- 2050: Three-North Shelter Forest Program is expected to be completed. Nearly half of the Amazon rainforest has been deforested.
- 2051: Cosmic Call 1 will reach its destination, the star Gliese 777.
- Two solar eclipses will occur in this year.
- On August 31, Malaysia will commemorate the 100th anniversary of its independence.
- 2061: Halley's Comet returns to the inner Solar System. It reaches perihelion on July 28.
- 2063: On 12 December, Kenya will commemorate the 100th anniversary of its independence.
- 2065: Transit of Mercury and an occultation of Jupiter by Venus.
- 2071: On March 26, Bangladesh will commemorate the 100th anniversary of its independence.
- 2077: Beginning of the 15th century in the Islamic calendar.
- 2100: On March 14 (which will be February 29 in the Julian calendar), the difference between the Julian calendar and the Gregorian calendar reaches 14 days. Since 14 is divisible by 7, this will be the first time in history since its inception that the Gregorian calendar has the same day of the week for each day of the year as the Julian calendar. This will last until February 28, 2200 of the Gregorian Calendar.
- Polaris appears furthest North. Polaris's maximum apparent declination (taking account of nutation and aberration) will be 0.4526° from the celestial north pole, on 24 March 2100.
- Brazil will celebrate the 600th anniversary of its discovery by the Portuguese Crown, on April 22nd, 2100.
- 2103: Per an agreement between the National Archives and Caroline Kennedy, the jacket Jackie Kennedy wore on the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated cannot be displayed in public until this year.
- 2110: According to Extreme Engineering from Discovery Channel, proposed Japanese mega-project Shimizu Mega-City Pyramid could be completed at this time.
- 2113: August will be the first time Pluto reaches aphelion since its discovery.
- 2114: Sedna overtakes Eris as the farthest known spheroid orbiting the Sun.
- 2117: December 10–11: Transit of Venus.
- 2123: Triple conjunction Mars–Jupiter.
- 2123: June 9: Long-duration lunar eclipse of approximately 106.1 minutes.
- 2123: At 15:28 UTC, on September 14, Venus will eclipse Jupiter.
- 2125: December 8: Transit of Venus.
- 2126: At 16:08 UTC on July 29, Mercury will occult Mars.
- 2134: Halley's Comet returns to the inner Solar System
- 2150: June 25: Solar eclipse of 7 min 14 s, Solar Saros 139. This will be the first time an eclipse has exceeded 7 minutes of totality in 177 years; the last time this occurred was on June 30, 1973, when the Concorde prototype followed the totality spot for 73 minutes.
- 2160: March 17 – Unless changes are made as to when Easter can be observed, this particular March 17 will fall within Holy Week for the first time since 2008 and fall on the same day (Monday) as it did in that year, likely requiring the movement of the Feast of Saint Patrick's Day to another date.
- 2166: multiple temporal incidents.
- 2168: July 5: Solar eclipse of 7 min 26 s, saros 139.
- 2170: Triple conjunction Mars–Jupiter.
- 2174: The second full orbit of Neptune around the sun since its discovery in 1846.
- 2177: "First Plutonian anniversary" of the dwarf planet's discovery, given that Pluto's orbit is just under 248 Earth years.
- 2185: Triple conjunction Mars–Saturn.
- July 16, 2186 : Solar eclipse of 7m 29 s (very close to the theoretical maximum), Saros 139, "crowning" this series. This is predicted to be the longest eclipse during the current 10,000 year period, from 4000 BC to AD 6000 (eclipse predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA/GSFC.DEPP).
- 2187: Triple conjunction Mars–Saturn.
- 2209: Return of Halley's Comet.
- 2221: Triple conjunction of Mars and Saturn.
- 2223: On December 2 at 12:32 UTC, Mars will occult Jupiter.
- 2240: 7th millennium begins in the Hebrew calendar.
- 2243: On August 12 at 04:52 UTC, Venus will occult Saturn.
- 2247: Transit of Venus on June 11.
- 2251: On March 4 at 10:52 UTC, Venus will occult Uranus.
- 2253: On August 1, Mercury occults Regulus (last occultation of Regulus by Mercury was on August 13, 364 BC).
- 2255: Transit of Venus on June 9.
- 2265: Return to perihelion by the Great Comet of 1861.
- 2279: Triple conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn.
- 2281, 2282: Grand trine of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. This last occurred in 1769 and 1770.
- The Israeli Declaration of Independence was proclaimed on 14 May 1948, which corresponds to 5 Iyar 5708 in the Hebrew Calendar. 5 Iyar 5808 corresponds to the Gregorian April 18, 2048, which falls on a Saturday; therefore, to avoid Sabbath desecration, Independence day is celebrated two days before, on Iyar 3/April 16.
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