2016 (MMXVI) will be a leap year starting on Friday (dominical letter CB) of the Gregorian calendar, the 2016th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 16th year of the 3rd millennium, the 16th year of the 21st century, and the 7th year of the 2010s decade.
2016 has been designated as the International Year of Pulses by the sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Predicted and scheduled events
March 14 - The ESA and Roscosmos plan to launch the joint ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter on a mission to Mars. It was originally scheduled to be launched on January 7, but in September 2015 the mission was postponed.
May 9 – A transit of Mercury will occur. Full transit will be visible in South America, Eastern North America, Western Europe, and a partial transit everywhere else except Australia and far eastern Asia.
July 4 – NASA's Juno spacecraft is expected to arrive at Jupiter.
August 5–21 – The 2016 Summer Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
September 3 – NASA plans to launch the OSIRIS-REx mission to retrieve a sample from the asteroid Bennu.
September 7–18 – The 2016 Summer Paralympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
China plans to complete the Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope.
November 1 – Sierra Nevada Corporation plans to launch Dream Chaser, a privately built spaceplane on an unmanned debut mission.
December 31 – The last remaining American, British and Australian troops will withdraw from Afghanistan.
The right of the United States Armed Forces to use Diego Garcia in the Chagos Islands as a military base will end, but there will be a provision for an automatic 20-year extension of their lease.
Orbital Technologies, a Russian private spaceflight company, plans to launch a space hotel for wealthy tourists in 2016.
The Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church is planned to take place in Istanbul.