Calendar

Look below for an event list of important and noteworthy events happening in your sky or neighborhood soon!

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  • October 19 – Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring passes just 7’ from the planet Mars.
  • October 22, 23 – Orionids Meteor Shower – No moon so possibly a great year to see up to 20 meteors per hour
  • October 23 – New Moon
  • October 23Partial Solar Eclipse – Can be seen in the Western USA but NOT visible from the Rolnick Observatory, beginning around 6:45 pm EST
  • November 1 – Mercury reaches its greatest elongation 18.7 degrees west of the Sun, shining at magnitude -0.5. The best morning apparition of Mercury for 2014 as seen from the northern hemisphere.
  • November 2 – Daylight Savings Time
  • November 5, 6 – Taurids Meteor Shower – 5 to 10 meteors per hour will be drowned out by the Full Moon
  • November 6 – Full Beaver Moon
  • November 17, 18 – Leonids Meteor Shower – Up to 15 meteors per hour at best and will not be dramatically affected by the waning crescent moon
  • November 22 – New Moon
  • December 6 – Full Cold Moon

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  • December 8 A double shadow transit of Jupiter’s moons occurs from 11:18 to 11:27 pm, visible from the Rolnick Observatory
  • December 13, 14Geminids Meteor Shower – Arguably one of the best meteor showers, possibly producing up to 120 meteors per hour at peak. The waning gibbous moon will wash out the dimmest meteors but there’s plenty to choose from!
  • December 21 – December Solstice – Winter begins
  • December 22 – New Moon
  • December 22, 23 – Ursids Meteor Shower – With no moon visible this could be a very good shower, producing 5 to 10 bright meteors per hour
  • March 5, 2015 – 1:06 PM - The Micro Moon (Occurs when a full moon is at apogee or furthest from Earth)’
  • June 21, 2015 – International SUN-day
  • July 31, 2015 – 6:43 AM The Blue Moon (second Full Moon in single calendar month)
  • August 13-16, 2015 – The 80th Annual Stellafane Convention, Springfield VT
  • September 27, 2015 – 10:51 PM The Super Full Moon

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  • May 9, 2016The Transit of Mercury. Transit is visible from the Rolnick Observatory around 7:14am to 2:20 pm.
Total Eclipse, Aruba  February 26, 1998 Photo: Carl Lancaster

Total Eclipse, Aruba
February 26, 1998
Photo: Carl Lancaster