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Astronomical Events for 2014 – Great info for those interested in astrophotography


Here is a summarized list of Astronomical events during 2014. It is always good to check ahead of time anything you are interested in. This is great information for those of you interested in astrophotography. Go to this site for 101 events listed with details and here for a 101 on astrophotography.

  • January 2, 3 – Quadrantids Meteor Shower
  • January 5 – Juniper at Opposition
  • March 20 – March Equinox occurs at 16:57 UTC
  • April 8 – Mars at Opposition
  • April 15 – Total Lunar Eclipse
  • April 22, 23 – Lyrids Meteor Shower
  • April 29 – Annular Solar Eclipse
  • May 5, 6 – Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower
  • May 10 – Saturn at Opposition
  • June 7 – Conjunction of the Moon and Mars
  • June 21 – June Solstice occurs at 10:51 UTC
  • July 28, 29 – Delta Aquarids Meteor Shower
  • August 12, 13 – Perseids Meteor Shower
  • August 18 – Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter
  • September 23 – September Equinox occurs at 02:29 UTC
  • October 8 – Total Lunar Eclipse
  • October 8, 9 – Draconids Meteor Shower
  • October 22, 23 – Orionids Meteor Shower
  • October 23 – Partial Lunar Eclipse
  • November 5, 6 – Taurids Meteor Shower
  • November 17, 18 – Leonids Meteor Shower
  • December 13, 14 – Geminids Meteor Shower
  • December 21 – December Solstice occurs at 23:03 UTC
  • December 22, 23 – Ursids Meteor Shower

15 thoughts on “Astronomical Events for 2014 – Great info for those interested in astrophotography”

  1. Thanks for the overview of astronomical events for 2014, David! This sort of reminds me of the movie called “Melancholia” by Lars von Trier where the characters were trying to distract themselves from the end of the world based on astronomy predictions.

    Those were some beautiful photos from the links you provided, and I wish I was in an area where city lights wouldn’t make it difficult to get a decent astrophotography session in play. I just hope individuals wouldn’t think that December 22-23 would mark the era for another Mayan-initiated Apocalypse though.

  2. It’s impossible not to feel amazed from the daily spectacle offered by the sky. Faced with these events we become aware of the little place that we occupy in the universe, and at least for a moment, we met again with our true essence.

    Beyond that philosophical and transcendental meaning, astronomical events are a very entertaining demonstration of the Nature’s power, situations that invite us to push the limits of our imagination and the development of science. Thank you very much for sharing with us this “cosmic agenda.” Perhaps some of these events can be best seen in one of the hemispheres, but we don’t lose hope.

    • well said. I find viewing these types of events the same as looking upon great ancient architecture. It is awe inspiring and makes you consider your place in the universe.

  3. Great list, very comprehensive. I’ve been looking around and see you have some neat photography tutorials. I’d love some tips on this kind of photography and for Adobe Lightroom too. I look forward to looking around more. Thanks!

  4. Thanks for an awesome list, I can’t wait to go and try and capture some of these moments with my OWN eyes. I unfortunately do not have a camera that is good enough to see this and record it. BUT it can still be something I remember for the rest of my life. I remember seeing the northern lights for the first time, and I live in Nebraska. It was a brisk night, and my dad woke me up and told “you have to come see this!”. I’m sure glad I did, I’ll never forget it. I love seeing things happen in space, I’ve always been interested since I was a kid. Thanks for the awesome post again, really loving this site. It keeps me really informed!

  5. This is awesome, I’m just preparing a photo exhibition of astrography, and this couldn’t be better for me. If you wish I can send you photos of these events I catch on my camera, just contact me on info@amphoto.ba. All the best. I love reading your blog, so many different things in one place.

  6. I see that you are also an astronomy enthusiast as well. This is a wonderful post. These are the events that define our year, and yet most people never take the time to notice.

  7. Hey nice, I’ve been a fan of astronomy and all other things that involve happenings into space and this list is really helpful. I’m actually waiting and anticipating for the next lunar eclipse and I’m readying my self and my camera for it.

  8. Thanks for this list. I’ve been looking forward to this light shows for sometime now, too bad the weather from where I live doesn’t allow much of a great view. I’m specially excited for the meteor showers, might be a great opportunity to take a few a nice shots.

  9. Thank you for the detailed list. I am a big astronomy fan, and this list immensely helps me.

    I am waiting for the Summer Solstice which occurs on June 21, I hope it would be a spectacle. It is the longest day, and I guess it will be a huge event this year too.

  10. Awesome, thank you! I love looking at things that happen in the sky, like eclipses and meteors. I always find though that I never know when these things occur. Its also quite unfortunate when you actually do know when something cool is going to happen, but it just happens to be cloudy that day.

  11. An informative list! I just realized that there will be a total lunar eclipse later on this month. Checked out the links and apparently even more interesting things are going to be happening in our skies. Although I’m not an astrology club member, I appreciate knowing that the moon will not be visible later on, so I won’t be missing it during the eclipse.

  12. I love observing events like these. It really gives you a new perspective about your place in the galaxy. A meteor shower and partial eclipse are coming up! I’ll be outside with my telescope.

  13. I’ve always wanted to cultivate this kind of hobby- watching heavenly bodies. I think it’s about time that I invest in a decent telescope for viewing them. Just look at all the stuff that I missed!

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