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.
- Brood X, the largest brood of the US seventeen-year cicadas, will emerge.
- The Red Line of the Tel Aviv Light Rail is scheduled to be completed.
- The James Webb Space Telescope is currently scheduled to launch in March.
- 2021 Iranian presidential election will occur.
- The rescheduled 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo, Japan.
- The Chinese large modular space station (China's third) is expected to launch.
- 2022 Winter Olympics will be held in Beijing, China.
- European Space Agency plans to launch JUICE for exploration of Jupiter's icy moons by 2022.
- 2022 FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar.
- The first Indian bullet train project between the cities of Ahmedabad and Mumbai will be completed.
- China's first space station is complete.
- 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 US under current copyright law.
- At some point in this year, SpaceX plans to send a private citizen (and a group of artists of their choosing) on a lunar free return tourism mission.
- 2028: 2028 Summer Olympics to be held in Los Angeles, California.
- 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.
- 2047: 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.
- 2049: On December 20, the People's Republic of China's obligation to run Macau as a special administrative region per the Joint Declaration on the Question of Macau expires.
- 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.
- 2061: Halley's Comet returns to the inner Solar System. It reaches perihelion on July 28.
- 2065: Transit of Mercury and an occultation of Jupiter by Venus.
- 2067: Mercury occults Neptune.
- 2076: The planetoid 90377 Sedna reaches perihelion.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 2281, 2282: Grand trine of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. This last occurred in 1769 and 1770.
- 2285: Unless changes are made in the religious calendar, the Western Easter will fall on March 22 for the first time since 1818, the earliest possible date on which Easter can occur.
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