Welcome to this month's Sky Watch, courtesy of The Old Farmer's Almanac. We'll tell you the best times to view celestial highlights, including conjunctions, meteor showers, and planets.
Sky Watch October 2014
by Bob Berman, as featured in The Old Farmer's Almanac
(Note: Times listed below are ET.)
- Mercury starts as a low, poor evening star, then vanishes and emerges from its chrysalis as a better morning star, low in the east before sunrise at month’s end.
- Venus does the opposite, ending its interminable low morning star apparition to reach superior conjunction on the 25th.
- On the 7th, Uranus has its opposition in Pisces at magnitude 5.8, on the threshold of naked eye visibility.
Total Eclipse of the Moon
October 8 brings the year’s second total lunar eclipse visible from the United States and Canada, with the West Coast again favored. The partial eclipse starts at 5:14 A.M., with totality starting at 6:25 A.M. On the 23rd, most of North America can see a partial solar eclipse just before sunset. Make sure to use eye protection. See more on our Eclipse page.
For a full year of Sky Watch—plus astronomical information—pick up a copy of the 2015 Almanac here.
Sky Map October 2014
We offer printable sky maps, too, to help you know what you're seeing when you look up!