Eclipses, meteors and alignments: events to be seen in the sky of 2014
2014 will give us more spectacular events to be seen, than 2013.
March 20: the bright star and the asteroid
This is an extremely rare celestial event during which an asteroid hides, even though for a short time, one of the brightest stars in the sky. We’re talking about 163 Erigone, while the star that will be obscured is Regulus, in the Leo constellation. On the morning of March 20, the asteroid will darken for a brief moment the star and the phenomenon will be visible to all who are lucky, who they will turn their telescopes towards the right place at the right time. Everything should run out in just 12 seconds.
April 14 to 15: the night of Mars and the Moon
During the night between 14 and 15 April, the Moon and Mars will be the brightest cosmic objects. The red planet, in fact, comes from the Earth at a distance of 92.4 million miles, an approach to our planet that has not been seen since January 2008. And that will make it visible and bright as the star Sirius, which as we know is the brightest of all. At the same time, the Moon will face its first eclipse of the year. It will be in North America that the phenomenon will become extremely visible: a reddish ball will stand out in the sky for about 78 minutes.
April 28 to 29: the ring of fire that no one can see
It is a solar eclipse visible only in Antarctica and the sun will be darkened only in part. In practice, it will be an annular eclipse, which is a ring of fire, however, this year will be seen only by very few people.
August 10: The biggest full moon of 2014
In conjunction with the Night of St. Lawrence the most intense full moon of the year will occur. For about nine minutes, the Moon will reach its closest point to Earth, a distance of 356,896 km. The phenomenon is known to us as the experts expect superluna and, at the same time, a series of unusual low and high tides.
August 12: shower of the Perseids
It will be the right time for the shooting stars we all seek in summer: the Perseids. Unfortunately, the show will be disturbed by the intense light of the full moon of those days.
August 18: a brilliant double planet
An hour before dawn, the two brightest planets Venus and Jupiter will be close to each other. The show will be very impressive.
October 8: total eclipse of the Moon
The Moon will be completely obscured by the shadow of the Earth and, in order to grasp the show, you will need to be in North America, Hawaii or East Asia, Indonesia and New Zealand. Our first satellite will assume a coppery color and, finally, will be completely covered by the Earth. A curiosity: who is holding a pair of binoculars or a telescope, it is interesting to know that, in conjunction with the event, and it will be possible to locate the planet Uranus which will appear as a small green dot. A real rarity.
October 19: a possible collision between a comet and Mars
Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring), discovered by Robert H. McNaught of the Siding Spring Observatory in Australia, will draw the world’s attention. In fact, this will pass very close to Mars. So close that her hair could wrap around the planet and give rise to an intense Martian meteor shower.
October 23: Partial eclipse of the Sun
The dim light of the moon partially obscure the sun, the phenomenon will be visible in North America, in Eastern Siberia and the Arctic Ocean.