Earth passed between Mars and the sun on April 8. Our two worlds are closest on April 14. On that night, Mars is near the moon at the time of a total eclipse!
Short-lived Lyrids’ peak comes on morning of April 22. In 2014, moon rises in middle of the night, but these meteors are bright. Some will withstand the moonlight.
The brightness of Mars in our sky depends on where our two planets are in orbit around the sun.
The next major meteor shower is the Lyrid shower, in late April 2014.
The zodiacal light is an eerie light extending up from the horizon. No matter where you are on Earth, springtime or autumn is the best time to see it.
April 2014 is Mars’ time! We’re closer to Mars – and it’s brighter in our sky – than it has been since December 2007.
In 2014, the vernal or spring equinox comes on March 20 at 16:57 UTC (11:56 a.m. CDT). Happy spring (or fall), y’all!
Only night owls and early birds can see Saturn this month. By April, Saturn will rise into the evening sky before your bedtime. Viewing tips and charts inside.
For both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, the full moons have names corresponding to the calendar months or the seasons of the year.
Groundhog Day comes every year on February 2. It has its roots in astronomy, in the sense that it’s a seasonal festival, tied to the movement of Earth around the sun.
Jupiter is always closest around the time of its yearly opposition, which came on January 5, 2014. For the rest of this month, Jupiter is at its best!
The Lyrid meteor shower in late April is next!
Will Mars and the moon will appear the same size on August 27, 2014? Nope.
The 2014 Quadrantid meteor shower is likely to be at its best before dawn on January 3 for North America, and before dawn on January 4 in Asia.
A supermoon’s effects are imperceptible, far smaller than those encountered in other everyday situations, such as being near a mountain or even a large building.
A wondrous star has grown to be a major symbol of Christmas around the world. But what was it, really?
The December solstice marks the longest night in Northern Hemisphere and longest day in the Southern Hemisphere. Celebration time!
As many as 100 Ursid meteors per hour have been seen – but only in short bursts. Expect 5 to 10 meteors per hour.
You might see a lot or you might not see many, but if you stay in the house, you won’t see any.
The December Geminid meteor shower radiates from the constellation Gemini – in the east in mid-evening or overhead by about 2 a.m.
Don’t let the moonlight discourage you. These meteors are bright! No matter your location, Geminid meteors will fall most abundantly after midnight on December 13 and 14.