Timeline of the near future
This is a timeline of the near future, covering predicted or calculated events from the 2040s to the end of the 30th century. There are ongoing futures studies that seek to understand what is likely to continue and what could plausibly change. Astronomical events, predictions for apocalyptic events and the second coming of Christ are discussed elsewhere.
- 2040 January 1 - January 1 – Books, films and other works published in 1944 (including Disney's next animated feature The Three Caballeros) will enter the public domain in the United States.
- 2041: January 1 – Books, films and other works published in 1945 are scheduled to enter the public domain under existing U.S. copyright law, including all works by Bela Bartok and Anne Frank expire.
- 2041: The Antarctic treaty is scheduled to come under review.
- 2041: The joint venture partnership between Volkswagen Group China and SAIC Motor is scheduled to end.
- 2042 January 1: Books, films and other works published in 1946 (including Disney's next two animated features Nake Mine Music and Song of the South) will enter the public domain in the United States.
- 2042 April 30: A Nickelodeon time capsule, sealed in April 1992, is scheduled to be opened.
- 2042 September 17: A common computing representation of date and time on IBM mainframe systems will overflow with potential results similar to the year 2000 problem.
- 2043 January 1: Books, films and other works published in 1947 (including Disney's next animated feature Fun and Fancy Free) will enter the public domain in the United States.
- 2044 December 31: After this date, works published between January 1, 1978, and December 31, 2002, have the possibility of entering the public domain in the United States. The existing copyright law specifically prohibits any work created during that period from automatically entering the public domain before this date.
- 2045: 100th anniversary of the United Nations.
- 2048 January 14: The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty is schedule to come up for review.
- 2047 July 1: The present "one country, two systems" in Hong Kong is scheduled end, as it was guaranteed for 50 years starting from July 1, 1997, provided under the Hong Kong Basic Law. The agreement was raised by Deng Xiaoping to deal with Hong Kong's reunification with the People's Republic of China in 1997, and stipulated in the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984. What will be done is not stated in any document. (Some observers say the system was de facto ended with the introduction of the Hong Kong national security law in 2020).
- 2049 December 20: The present "One country, two systems" with Macau, guaranteed for 50 years starting from December 20, 1999, provided under the Basic Law and the Joint Declaration on the Question of Macau, will expire.
- 2049 October 1: Scheduled completion of the Belt and Road Initiative, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.
- 2050: Three-North Shelter Forest Program is expected to be completed.
- 2051: Cosmic Call 1 will reach its destination, the star Gliese 777.
- 2061 July: Halley's comet will make first appearance since 1986.
- 2061, September 1: A time capsule at St. Gabriel School in Biggar, Saskatchewan, Canada is scheduled to be opened for its 150th anniversary of its school division (Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools).
- 2061, December 31: Expiration of the Singapore-Malaysia Water Agreement.
- 2063, November 22: 100th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy assassination.
- 2064: 500th anniversary, birth of William Shakespeare.
- 2067, February 15: Assuming no further extensions to the term of copyrights become law in the interim, all sound recordings fixed before February 15, 1972, will enter the public domain in the U.S.
- 2068: The Helium Centennial Time Columns Monument is scheduled to be opened 100 years after it was locked.
- 2070: In 2020 scientists reported that by 2070 1 to 3 billion people, mostly living in regions with little adaptive capacity, are projected to be left outside the historically favourable climate conditions, the "human temperature niche", depending on patterns of population growth and climate change mitigation, without levels of migration unlikely to be sustainable.
- 2076: The planetoid 90377 Sedna reaches perihelion.
- 2076 July 4: Tricentennial of the American Declaration of Independence
- 2077: Beginning of the 15th century in the Islamic calendar.
- 2084: The lease held by the Pitjantjatjara people on Uluru from the Australian government set to expire.
- 2085: 400th anniversaries of the births of Johann Sebastian Bach and George Friederich Handel.
- 2088: 1000 years since the founding of the University of Bologna, the oldest university in the world.
- 2089, May–June: Insect Magicicada broods X (17-year) and XIX (13-year) will emerge simultaneously. This will be the first time this will occur since 1868; next time will be in 2310. This event occurs only once in every 221 years.
- 2089: This year will be the last time Rosh Hashanah falls on September 5.
- 2090: The 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund is set to expire.
- 2092: Work on cleaning up the site of the Oldbury Nuclear Power Station[a] is scheduled to be complete in 2092 (early estimate).
- March 19, 2094: A time capsule sealed exactly seventy-five years before, is scheduled to be opened at Denver International Airport.
- April 7, 2094: Mercury transits Jupiter, this is the only known such event of the decade.
- 2096: The dwarf planet 2015 RR245 is expected to make its closest approach to the Sun.
- 2097: A time capsule sealed 100 years earlier, is scheduled to be opened in Baltimore's Inner Harbor to celebrate 300 years of the city's incorporation.
- 2099: The 99-year lease for Kaufman Astoria Studios in New York City is set to expire.
- 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.
- 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.
- Triple conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn.
- 2239 September 29: The Year 6000 begins in the Hebrew Calendar.
- 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.
- 2284: Possible the perihelion of Halley's Comet might come back after the year 2209.
- 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.
- The CPR (Canadian Pacific Railway) lease on the O&Q (Ontario and Quebec) will end on January 4, 2883 after a 999-year lease.
- The St. Michael's Catholic Cemetery (Happy Valley) in Hong Kong lease on Wanzai's Saint Fulan gentleman street will end after a 999-year lease.
- The vaporwave collective 2814 is named after the eponymous year.
- 2968: The Helium Centennial Time Columns Monument in Amarillo, Texas, contains four separate time capsules, the last of which is intended to be opened 1,000 years after the Time Columns Monument was locked in 1968.
- 2999: The time capsule in Chinook Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada is scheduled to be opened on December 31, 2999 after being sealed in 1999.
- 2999: The Longplayer composition is set to finish on December 31, 2999, marking the end of the thousand-year piece of music which began on January 1, 2000.
|4772 October 13||The Mayan Calendar will require a sixth digit.|
|5965||The SNAP-10A falls back to Earth after 4000 years.|
|7016 October 3||Mean solar time and atomic time will be one day apart.|
|c. 7200||The Gregorian calendar is one day out of step with the vernal equinox.|
|8113||The Crypt of Civilization is expect to be opened at Brookhaven, Georgia in the U.S. after being sealed in 1940.|
|9168 November 21||Mean solar time and atomic time will be two days apart.|
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