3rd millennium

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In contemporary history, the third millennium is a period of time that began on January 1, 2001, and will end on December 31, 3000 of the Gregorian calendar. [1] It is distinct from the millennium known as the 2000s which began on January 1, 2000 and will end on December 31, 2999.

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Predicted events

As this millennium is currently in progress, the first two decades of the 21st century (the past 2000s and the current 2010s), are the subject of historians' attention. The remaining decades of the 21st century (2020s to 2090s) and the remaining centuries (22nd to 30th) are researched in futures studies. Here are some possible events that will happen in those particular years:

Time capsules

Astronomical events

21st century

  • August 12, 2045 – A total solar eclipse will take place in the United States, producing a path from California to Florida. Some parts of Florida are predicted to experience totality for six minutes, the longest in US history.
  • Mid-2061 – Next appearance of Comet Halley.
  • October 27, 2088 – Mercury occults Jupiter, the first time since 1708, but very close to the Sun and impossible to view with the naked eye.
  • September 23, 2090 – Total solar eclipse in the UK. The next total eclipse visible in the UK follows a track similar to that of August 11, 1999, but shifted slightly further north and occurring very near sunset. Maximum duration in Cornwall will be 2 minutes and 10 seconds. Same day and month as the eclipse of September 23, 1699.
  • April 7, 2094 – Mercury occults Jupiter; it will be very close to the Sun and impossible to view with the naked eye.

22nd century

23rd century

  • 2209 and 2284 – perihelion of Comet Halley.
  • May 27, 2221 – near-Earth asteroid (285263) 1998 QE2 will pass Earth at a distance of 0.038  AU (5,700,000  km ; 3,500,000  mi ). [7]
  • 2221 – Triple conjunction of Mars and Saturn.
  • December 2, 2223 – At 12:32 UTC, Mars will occult Jupiter.
  • 2238/39 – Triple conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn (whose last triple conjunction was in 1981).
  • August 12, 2243 – At 04:52 UTC, Venus will occult Saturn.
  • June 11, 2247 – Transit of Venus.
  • March 4, 2251 – At 10:52 UTC, Venus will occult Uranus.
  • In 2252, the planetoid Orcus will have completed one orbit of the Sun since its discovery in 2004, based upon current orbital measurements which give it a period of 248 Earth years.
  • August 1, 2253 – Mercury occults Regulus (last occultation of Regulus by Mercury was on August 13, 364 BC).
  • June 9, 2255 – Transit of Venus.
  • 2256 to 2258 – Eris will reach perihelion for the first time since discovery.
  • October 6, 2271 – Close conjunction between Venus and Regulus, perhaps occultation of Regulus by Venus.
  • 2279 – Triple conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn.
  • 2281/82 – Grand Trine of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. This last occurred in 1769 and 1770.
  • Sunday, August 28, 2287 – Closest approach between Mars and Earth since Wednesday, August 27, 2003.
  • In 2288, the planetoid Quaoar will have completed one orbit of the Sun since its discovery in 2002, which, based upon current orbital measurements, gives it a period of 286 Earth years.

24th century

  • September 11, 2307 – At 22:50 UTC, Venus will occult Uranus.
  • 2313 – Triple conjunction MarsJupiter.
  • 2319 – Triple conjunction Mars-Saturn.
  • June 4, 2327 – At 00:54 UTC, Venus will occult Mars.
  • October 8, 2335 – At 14:51 UTC, Venus will occult Jupiter.
  • April 7, 2351 – At 17:22 UTC, Mercury will occult Uranus.
  • December 13, 2360 – Transit of Venus.
  • 2365 – Perihelion of Comet Halley.
  • December 10, 2368 – Transit of Venus.
  • 2388 – Triple conjunction Mars-Saturn.
  • May 11, 2391 – Partial transit of Mercury.

25th century

  • November 17, 2400 – Venus will occult Antares (last occultation of Antares by Venus was on September 17, 525 BC).
  • December 30, 2419 – At 01:38 UTC, Venus will occult Uranus.
  • 2426 – Pluto's second orbit, since its discovery.
  • 2456 – Triple conjunction MarsJupiter.
  • August 29, 2478 – At 23:11 UTC, Mars will occult Jupiter.
  • June 12, 2490 – Transit of Venus.
  • May 6, 2492 – Belgian astronomer Jean Meeus asserts that the orbits of all eight planets and Pluto will be within the same 90° arc of the Solar System. The last time this is believed to have occurred was on February 1, 949. [8]
  • June 10, 2498 – Transit of Venus.

26th century

27th century

  • December 16, 2603 – Transit of Venus.
  • May 13, 2608 – Grazing Transit of Mercury.
  • December 13, 2611 – Partial transit of Venus.
  • 2626/27 – Triple conjunction MarsSaturn.
  • 2629 – Triple conjunction Mars-Saturn.
  • February 16, 2649 – At 11:17 UTC, Venus will occult Neptune.
  • September 3, 2650 – The distance between Mars and the Earth will arrive at a new remarkable minimum, at 55,651,582.118 km.
    It will be the closer encounter of perihelitic opposition slightly shorter (by 37,000 km) than the previous one of the August 28, 2287. [12]
    The following closer encounter will be on September 8, 2729.
  • 2655/56 – Triple conjunction Jupiter-Saturn.
  • 2663 – Triple conjunction Mars-Saturn.
  • 2699/2700 – Triple conjunctions between Mars-Jupiter, Mars-Neptune and Jupiter-Neptune.

28th century

  • October 24, 2714 – Transit of Jupiter from Uranus. First one since May 3, 1914.
  • September 8, 2729 – The distance between Mars and the Earth will arrive at a new remarkable minimum, at 55,651,033.122 km.
    It will be the closer encounter of perihelitic opposition slightly shorter (just 549 km) than the previous one of the September 3, 2650. [13]
  • June 15, 2733 – Transit of Venus.
  • June 13, 2741 – Transit of Venus.
  • 2742 – Triple conjunction MarsJupiter.
  • 2744 – Triple conjunction Mars–Jupiter.
  • 2761 – Triple conjunction Mars–Saturn.
  • December 3, 2781 – At 06:45 UTC, Venus will occult Neptune.
  • 2791 – Triple conjunction Mars–Jupiter.
  • 2794/95 – Triple conjunction Jupiter–Saturn.

29th century

  • The remnants of Comet Ikeya-Seki are expected to return to the inner solar system.
    It was last seen from Earth in 1965–1966, and broke into three pieces as it approached the Sun.
  • March 25, 2816 – At 15:47 UTC, Mercury will occult Jupiter.
  • March 6, 2817 – At 9:36 UTC, Venus will occult Saturn.
  • April 11, 2818 – At 20:41 UTC, Mercury will occult Mars.
  • February 6, 2825 – At 10:50 UTC, Mars will occult Uranus.
  • 2829/30 – Triple conjunction Mars-Saturn.
  • December 15, 2830 – At 09:40 UTC, Venus will occult Mars.
  • 2842/43 – Triple conjunction Mars-Jupiter.
  • December 16, 2846 – Transit of Venus.
  • December 14, 2854 – Partial transit of Venus.
  • July 20, 2855 – At 05:15 UTC, Mercury will occult Jupiter.
  • 2866 – Triple conjunction Mars-Saturn.
  • March 16, 2880 – Predicted possible impact date for asteroid (29075) 1950 DA, the near-Earth object with the highest known probability of crashing into Earth.

Biological events

Calendric predictions

Technological predictions

Social predictions

Centuries and decades

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Notes

  1. Strictly speaking, 2000 was the last year of the 2nd millennium. However, the year 2000 is generally considered the first year of the 3rd millennium.
  2. 9 of the 10 years of the decade are in this millennium.

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