Lunar Events 2014
|Month||New Moon||First Quarter||Full Moon||Last Quarter|
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, 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|
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|