Since options lose 2/3 of their time value in the second half of their lifespan, it makes sense to be aware of when an option was issued. What are ways of figuring out when ES futures options have been and will be issued?
An ad-hoc way of doing this would be to bring up a yearly chart, which would indicate when data started becoming available. I did that for some ES FOP Dec18'15 options, and data became available on Jan 27 or 28, 2015. That's 3.75 quarters back (why weren't these options issued in Dec 2014?). Same for Mar'16 options - apparently issued in Apr 2015; Jun '16 options - no data prior to 7/1/2015.
On the other hand, data for Nov20'15 options became available around 7/21 - 7/23, so only one quarter back. Are there two cycles at play here?
But then again, for Oct16 '15 - data became available on 5/19/2015. That's ~5 months before expiration. This is confusing.
What is the general formula, and when are new options being issued?