January ** February ** March
April ** May ** June
October ** November ** December
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Planets Defined --
Planet Mercury *** Planet Venus *** Planet Earth: Aphelion *** Perihelion *** Perihelion of Earth
Moon of Earth: Apogee *** Perigee *** Moon Phases: Phases of Moon Defined -- New Moon *** First Quarter *** Full Moon *** Last (or "Third") Quarter
Planet Mars *** Planet Jupiter *** Planet Saturn *** Planet Uranus *** Planet Neptune *** Dwarf Planet Pluto
* Wed., Feb. 26, 12:00 Midnight EST / 5:00 UTC - Venus 0.4 degree south of the Moon; occultation: Western and central sections of Africa, India, Southeast Asia.
* Thur., March 20, 11:00 p.m. EDT / March 21, 3:00 UTC - Saturn 0.2 degree north of the Moon; occultation: northeast portion of South America, southern portion of Africa, Madagascar..
* Tue., April 15, 3:45:39.8 a.m. EDT / 7:45:39.8 UTC - Time of greatest eclipse for the
Total Eclipse of the Moon / Lunar Eclipse, visible throughout the Western Hemisphere, as well as parts of the eclipse visible in western Europe, western Africa, Australia, New Zealand, eastern Asia, and the Pacific Islands.
Also see: U.S. to See 4 Total Lunar Eclipses in Year & A-Half.
SPECIAL NOTE: A Lunar Eclipse or Eclipse of the Moon is the type of eclipse that is safe to look at with the naked-eye, binoculars, or a telescope.
* Thur., April 17, 3:00 a.m. EDT / 7:00 UTC - Saturn 0.4 degree north of the Moon; occultation: French Polynesia and southern portion of South America.
* Tue., April 29, 2:03:25.0 a.m. EDT / 6:03:25.0 UTC - Time of greatest eclipse for the
rare, non-central Annular Eclipse of the Sun or Solar Eclipse, visible in eastern Australia, a small part of Antarctica, and an area of the South Indian Ocean south of Africa. A Partial Eclipse of the Sun or Solar Eclipse is visible in a wide area of the South Indian Ocean including western and central Australia and the southern islands of Indonesia just to the north of Australia.
SAFE WAY TO VIEW SOLAR ECLIPSE OR ECLIPSE OF THE SUN.
* Tue., April 29, 2:14 a.m. EDT / 6:14 UTC - Moon Phase: New Moon - Lunation 1130.
* Mon., July 7, 10:00 p.m. EDT / July 8, 2:00 UTC - Saturn 0.4 degree north of the Moon; occultation: French Polynesia, southern tip of South America, South Georgia Island, South Sandwich Island.
* Thur., Aug. 14, 1:00 p.m. EDT / 17:00 UTC - Uranus 1.2 degrees south of the Moon; occultation: central part of Asia, Arctic Sea and environs.
* Sun., Aug. 31, 3:00 p.m. EDT / 19:00 UTC - Saturn 0.4 degree south of the Moon; occultation: eastern portion of United States of America, Mexico, Caribbean Sea, northeastern portion of South America, west-central portion of Africa.
* Sat., Sept. 27, 9:00 p.m. EDT / Sept. 21, 1:00 UTC - Asteroid and Dwarf Planet 1 Ceres 0.1 degree north of the Moon; occultation: Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Samoa, French Polynesia.
* Sun., Sept. 28, 12:00 Midnight EDT / 4:00 UTC - Saturn 0.7 degree south of the Moon; occultation: East Asia, Japan, northeastern region of Russia, Hawaii.
* Sun., Sept. 28, 11:00 a.m. EDT / 15:00 UTC - Asteroid 4 Vesta 0.5 degree south of the Moon; occultation: Portugal, Spain, North Africa, Middle East.
* Wed., Oct. 8, 6:54:36 a.m. EDT / 10:54:36 UTC - Time of greatest eclipse for the second
Total Eclipse of the Moon or Lunar Eclipse in 2014. This eclipse is visible in most of the world except Europe, Middle East, and Africa. In North America, the western portion will see the entire eclipse while sunlight brightens before the eclipse ends in the eastern portion of North America.
A lunar eclipse is completely safe to view with the naked-eyes, binoculars, or a telescope.
More Info ---
Blog of James Mullaney, former Buhl Planetarium Curator of Exhibits and Astronomy
Colorful Lunar Eclipse.
* Wed., Oct. 8, 7:00 a.m. EDT / 11:00 UTC - Uranus 1.2 degrees south of the Moon; occultation: northeastern part of Asia, northern portion of Greenland, Arctic Ocean.
* Thur., Oct. 23, 5:44:31.4 p.m. EDT / 21:44:31.4 UTC - Time of greatest eclipse for a
Partial Eclipse of the Sun or Solar Eclipse, visible in most of North America and the eastern portion of the Pacific Ocean.
PERMANENT EYE DAMAGE CAN RESULT FROM LOOKING AT A SOLAR ECLIPSE WITHOUT PROPER PROTECTION:
SAFE WAY TO VIEW SOLAR ECLIPSE OR ECLIPSE OF THE SUN
More info: Blog of James Mullaney, former Buhl Planetarium Curator of Exhibits and Astronomy
SAFE PUBLIC VIEWING OF SOLAR ECLIPSE AT MT. LEBANON PUBLIC LIBRARY, ON EVE OF 75TH ANNIV. OF BUHL PLANETARIUM
* Thur., Oct. 23, 5:57 p.m. EDT / 21:57 UTC - Moon Phase: New Moon - Lunation No. 1136.
* Fri., Oct. 24 (1939) - 75th Anniversary of the dedication of Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science, with the historic Zeiss II Planetarium Projector, the oldest operable major planetarium projector in the world ! (presently on display as a non-working exhibit) (Oct. 24).
* Sat., Oct. 25, 12:00 Noon EDT / 16:00 UTC - Saturn 1.0 degree south of the Moon; occultation: northeastern part of Canada, southern portion of Greenland, central and western portions of Europe.
* Mon., Dec. 29, 12:00 Midnight EST / 5:00 UTC - Uranus 1.0 degree south of the Moon; occultation: Japan, northeastern portion of Russia, Arctic Ocean, northern portion of Canada, Alaska.