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Lunar Events 2014

LUNAR CALENDAR

Month New Moon First Quarter Full Moon Last Quarter
January 1, 30 7 15 24
February   6 14 22
March 1, 30 8 16 23
April 29 7 15 22
May 28 6 14 21
June 27 5 13 19
July 26 5 12 18
August 25 3 10 17
September 24 2 8 15
October 23 1, 30 8 15
November 22 29 6 14
December 21 28 6 14

 

ECLIPSES

April 14-15: Total Eclipse. Will be visible in Australia, Pacific and the Americas with a duration of 3h 35m. Of this time the eclipse will be total for 1h 18m. Viewing times will be night of April 14 into the morning of April 15.

October 8: Total Eclipse. Will be visible in Asia, Australia, Pacific and the Americas with a duration of 3h 20m. Of this time the eclipse will be total for 59m.

METEOR SHOWERS

Meteor showers, often the result of Earth passing through the dust trail left of a passing comment, are named after the constellation from which meteors appear to radiate. The brightness of the Moon can affect visibility. The most visible showers in 2014 will be the Quadrantid, Perseid, and Geminid showers.

Peak Date Shower Hourly Rate Moon Phase
January 2 Quadrantids 25 Wanning cresent
April 21 Lyrids 10 Waxing gibbous
May 5 Eta Aquarids 10-30 First quarter
July 27 Delta Aquariids 10 Waxing cresent
July 28 Alpha Capricornids 10 Waxing cresent
August 11 Perseids 50-75 Full moon
October 8 Southern Taurids 5 Full moon
October 21 Orionids 20-25 New moon
November 12 Northern Taurids 5 Waxing gibbous
November 17 Leonids 15 Waxing cresent
December 13 Germinids 15 Last quarter
December 21 Ursids 5-10 Waxing cresent

 

PLANET WATCHING

Five planets can be seen with the unaided eye and are often brighter than most stars.

Planets visible throughout the night include Jupiter (January 5), Mars (April 8), and Saturn (May 10). On August 18, Venus and Jupiter will line up for a conjunction. On August 27, a conjunction of Mars and Saturn will occur.

Planet Morning Sky Evening Sky
Mercury Feb 2 - Apr 28
Jun 29 - Aug 1
Sep 1 - Sep 17
Oct 23 - Nov 22
Jan 13 - Feb 9
May 4 - Jun 10
Aug 18 - Oct 11
Dec 25 - Dec 31
Venus Jan 17 - Aug 31 Jan 1 - Jan 5
Dec 5 - Dec 31
Mars Jan 1 - Apr 18 Apr 8 - Dec 31
Jupiter Jan 1 - Jan 5
Aug 8 - Dec 31
Jan 5 - Jul 11
Saturn Jan 1 - Feb 29
Apr 1 - May 10
Dec 6 - Dec 31
May 10 - Oct 31

 

 

 

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