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2014 Astronomical Event Calendar

This listing gives notable astronomical events in our solar system, including eclipses, meteor showers, periodic comets, phases of the moon, and motions of the planets.

December 2014

December: Comet ISON
Dec 3: New Moon phase
Dec 13-15: Geminid meteors
Dec 17: Full Moon phase
Dec 21: Winter solstice (17:11 UTC)

January 2014

Jan 1: New Moon phase
Jan 2-3: Quadrantids meteor shower
Jan 5: Jupiter at opposition
Jan 16: Full Moon phase
Jan 30: New Moon phase

February 2014

Feb 14: Full Moon phase

March 2014

Mar 1: New Moon phase
Mar 16: Full Moon phase
Mar 20: Vernal equinox (16:57 UTC)
Mar 30: New Moon phase

April 2014

Apr 8: Mars at opposition
Apr 15: Full Moon phase
Apr 15: Total lunar eclipse
Apr 22-23: Lyrid meteors
Apr 29: New Moon phase
Apr 29: Annular solar eclipse

May 2014

May 5-6: Eta Aquarid meteors
May 10: Astronomy Day
May 14: Full Moon phase
May 28: New Moon phase

June 2014

Jun 7: Conjunction of the Moon and Mars
Jun 13: Full Moon phase
Jun 21: Summer Solstice(10:51 UTC)
Jun 27: New Moon phase

July 2014

Jul 26: New Moon phase
Jul 28-29: Southern Delta Aquarids meteors

August 2014

Aug 10: Full Moon phase
Aug 12-13: Perseids meteors
Aug 18: Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter
Aug 25: New Moon phase
Aug 29: Neptune at opposition

September 2014

Sep 9: Full Moon phase
Sep 22: Autumnal equinox (02:29 UTC)
Sep 24: New Moon phase

October 2014

Oct 4: Astronomy Day
Oct 7: Uranus at Opposition
Oct 8: Full Moon phase
Oct 8: Total lunar eclipse
Oct 8-9: Draconids meteors
Oct 22-23: Orionids meteors
Oct 23: New Moon phase
Oct 23: Partial solar eclipse

November 2014

Rosetta probe lands on comet 67-P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
Nov 5-6: Taurids meteors
Nov 6: Full Moon phase
Nov 17-18: Leonid meteors
Nov 22: New Moon phase

December 2014

Dec 6: Full Moon phase
Dec 13-14: Geminid meteors
Dec 21: Winter solstice (23:03 UTC)
Dec 22: New Moon phase
Dec 22-23: Ursids meteors

Astronomy Event Definitions:

Apogee: point in the Moon's orbit when it is farthest from Earth.

Conjunction: Occurs when two or more bodies appear close together in the sky.

Elongation: is the apparent angular separation of an object from the Sun.

Inferior conjunction: When planet Mercury or Venus pass between the Sun and the Earth.

Occultation: Passage of one object in front of a smaller one, thus obscuring all or part of the background object from view.

Opposition: When a planet farther from the Sun than Earth appears opposite the Sun in the sky. This is the best time to observe a planet.

Perigee: point in the Moon's orbit when it is nearest to Earth.

Stationary: Object appears motionless in the sky due to the turning point between its direct and retrograde motion.

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