Here are the astronomical events occurring in the month of December: (All times are given in UTC format)
- December 9: A double shadow transit of Jupiter’s moons will occur. It will take place from 4:18 to 4:27. It’ll be best seen in Eastern North America. Don’t miss it!
- December 12: Another double shadow transit of Jupiter’s moons will occur from 16:19 to 16:44. It favours North-Western North America.
- December 13: Geminid Meteor Shower will peak at approximately 1:00. Unfortunately, a waning gibbous moon will obstruct our view.
- December 18: Asteroid 702 Alauda will occult a star that shines at +6.2 magnitude. It will be best seen at eastern Australia at 14:12.
- December 21: The Winter Solstice occurs at 23:03. The Northern hemisphere will experience the shortest day of the year, and the Southern hemisphere will experience the longest day of the year.
- December 21: The International Space Station will experience a period of full illumination with many views of the ISS, best seen at the southern hemisphere.
- December 21: ANOTHER double shadow transit of Jupiter’s moons will occur. It will take place from 14:17 to 15:55. It will be best seen in Asia and Australia.
Keep Looking Up!
Here are the astronomical events occurring in the month of November: (All times are given in UTC format)
- November 1: Mercury reaches its greatest elongation at 18.7 degrees West of the Sun. It will have a brightness at magnitude -0.5. This is the best time to see Mercury in 2014, for observers in the Northern Hemisphere.
- November 18: Leonoid meteor shower will peak at this time. It is best seen in the Altantic region. The moon will be in a waning crescent phase, which means the Moon’s light will not obstruct the meteor shower.
- November 20: Asteroid 3 Juno will occult a +7.4 magnitude star. It is best seen in North-eastern US and Eastern Canada.
- November 27: Moon will have its farthest perigee of 2014 at 369,824 km at 23:12.
Here are the astronomical events occurring in the month of September: (All times are given in UTC format)
- September 5: Venus passes 0.7 degrees from Regulus.
- September 9: The last supermoon of the year will occur that day at 1:39 UTC, 22 hours after passing its perigee.
- September 15: Comet C/2013 V5 Oukaimeden might reach 5.5 magnitude for observers in the southern hemisphere.
- September 20: Mercury will pass 0.5 degrees south of Spica at 21:00 UTC.
- September 21: Mercury will reach its greatest elongation, being 26.4 degrees east of the Sun. It will shine at Magnitude 0, in the dawn sky. The best view of this will be for southern hemisphere observers.
- September 23: The Autumnal Equinox will occur at 2:29 UTC. At this point, the Northern and Southern hemispheres will have exactly 12 hours in their day. Here is a video that shows the Earth through one year. http://youtu.be/FmCJqykN2J0
- September 23: GEO Satellites eclipse seasons occur. This is when the Geosynchronous Satellites will enter the Earth’s shadow and, just like a lunar eclipse, becomes darkened for a few minutes.
- September 28: The Moon will occult Saturn at approximately 4:25 UTC. The Moon will also occult minor planets 1 Ceres and 4 Vesta at the same day.
Enjoy and Happy Observing!
Here are the astronomical events occurring in the month of April: (All times are given in UTC format)
- August 2: Mercury and Jupiter will be in close conjunction. Both planets will be 0.9 degrees apart at 19:00.
- August 4: The Moon will occult Saturn, which will be best viewed at Australia at approximately 10:31.
- August 10: The moon will be at its closest for 2014 at 17:44. It will be 356,896 km at perigee. This will be the second Supermoon for 2014, which will reach the full phase 27 minutes after perigee.
- August 13: The Perseid meteor shower will peak at approximately 4:00. It will be best viewed in the Atlantic region. However, there will be a 17 day old waning Gibbous Moon that will be obstructing the view.
- August 18: Venus and Jupiter will be in conjunction at 5:00. This will be the closest conjunction of and two naked eye planets in 2014. They will be 15 arcminutes apart, which is rare.
- August 25: The Moon will be in its New Phase. This will be the best time to view any Deep Sky Object.
- August 29: Neptune will be at Opposition with the Earth. This means that it will appear its largest and be at its closest to Earth. However, since it is quite far away, it will be a tiny dot in a sea of stars. It will be at 14:00 at magnitude +7.8, which is quite dim. Have your best telescopes ready for this!
- August 31: The Moon occults Saturn at approximately 18:59. It is best viewed in Africa or in the US, but it will be during the day at the US.
Here are the astronomical events occurring in the month of July: (All times are given in UTC format)
- July 4: Earth reaches Aphelion, which is when the Earth is farthest from the sun along its orbit. It will take place at 2:00 with a distance of 152,098,232 km.
- July 4: At 3:00, Pluto reaches opposition.
- July 5: 1 Ceres and 4 Vesta are 10 arcseconds apart, which means they appear to be REALLY CLOSE to each other! Check it out. It will be at the constellation Virgo.
- July 6: The Moon will occult Mars at ~1:21. It is best viewed in South America.
- July 8: The Moon will occult Saturn at ~2:25. It is best viewed in Argentina and Chile.
- July 12: Mercury reaches maximum elongation at 20.9 degrees west of the Sun. It will be shining at a magnitude of +0.4.
- July 12: The Full Proxigean Supermoon will occur in 2014 at 11:27. It reaches the Full phase 21 hrs before reaching its perigee. This is the first of three supermoons this year.
- July 20: Asteroid 451 Patientia will occult a +7.1 magnitude star at approximately 17:15. It is best viewed in South Africa.’
- July 28: The moon reaches its farthest apogee for 2014 at 3:28. The moon will be 406,568 km from Earth at that time.
- July 30: Asteroid 103 Hera occults a +6.1 magnitude star at approximately 1:11. It is best viewed in west Africa or central South America.
- July 30: The Southern Delta Aquarids Meteor shower will peak at this time. The timing is variable, but there is a waxing Moon, which means it will set early for the meteor shower. The Moon will be four days from its New phase.
To all my readers, from now on, to keep these monthly updates international, I will no longer be advertising RASC Toronto Centre Events. I’m sorry if this has inconvenienced anyone.
Here are the astronomical events occurring in the month of June: (All times are given in UTC format)
- June 3: There will be a triple transit event on Jupiter from 18:05 – 19:44. It will be visible in Eastern Europe and Africa.
- June 7: The Moon and Mars will be in Conjunction. That means there will be two degrees of separation between them. The Moon will shine at magnitude -12.8, and Mars will shine at magnitude -0.8. They will be both visible until 6 hours after sunset.
- June 10: The Moon will occult Saturn at approximately 18:48. It will be visible in the Indian Ocean.
- June 13: The Moon reaches its full phase.
- June 21: The Earth reaches Summer Solstice at approximately 10:51.
- June 22: The ISS will be completely illuminated near the Summer Solstice. This means that the Northern Hemisphere will be best placed to view the ISS many times.
- June 24: The waning crescent Moon will pass within a degree of Venus. Great time to spot Venus.
- June 26: The Moon occults Mercury 20 hours before the New Moon. It’s visible in Southeast US and Venezuela just before sunrise.
- June 27; 20 hours later: The Moon reaches its new phase.
- June 27: The June Bootid Meteor Shower will peak at approximately 15:00. It will be most visible in the Central Pacific.
RASC Toronto Centre Events (These times will be written as EST or EDT)
- June 9 – 12: There will be a City Star Party, where people can look at the stars and planets without going outside of Toronto. A telescope is not necessary to attend. This event is free for the public. It will be located at either Bayview Village Park or at High Park. Go to http://www.rascto.ca for the GO/NO GO call.
- June 14 and June 21: The David Dunlap Observatory (DDO) is hosting a family night for families to come and tour the observatory. It is a great way to start learning about astronomy. They require tickets to be purchased in advance. This event is not weather-dependent. However, children under 7 are not allowed in the Big Dome. Anyone can attend. It is $8.00 for a ticket. Go to http://rascto.ca/content/ddo-family-night-0 for more information.
- June 23: This is the window for RASC’s Dark Sky Party that will take place at the Long Sault Conservation Area. It will start at 8 pm. This event is free and open to the public. Telescope are not necessary to attend. Go to http://rascto.ca/content/dark-skies-observing-16 for the GO/NO GO calls.
- June 25: In shores of Strait of Juan de Fuca, in Victoria, BC, there will be RASC’s 54th annual General Assembly. It is a great educational event with great opportunities at meeting people.
- Go to http://www.rascto.ca for more information. Thank You!