Today’s Astronomical Events – October 23rd, 2014

The eclipse will be happening close to sunset for much of North America; however some parts of the United States and Canada will be able to enjoy it mid-afternoon.

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Images Credit: Eclipse Calculator for Android devices.


05:48 UT – The almost new Moon is north of Spica. (Virgo, not visible.)

19:38 UT – First location to see the partial solar eclipse begin.

21:45 UT – Partial solar eclipse maximum. (Visible from Canada, western North America, northern Pacific and far eastern Russia.) Details will vary by location – check online for details. NEVER look at the Sun through binoculars or a telescope, even during a partial eclipse, as this can lead to blindness. Instead, project the image safely onto a piece of card.

21:57 UT – New Moon (Virgo, not visible)

22:06 UT – The new Moon is south of Venus. (Venus: 100% illuminated, magnitude -3.9, apparent diameter 9.7”. Virgo, not visible.)

23:52 UT – Last location to see the partial solar eclipse end.

Mercury brightens to magnitude 1.5. (15% illuminated, apparent diameter 8.9”, Virgo, not visible.)


Events in bold involve objects and/or events that are easily visible with the naked eye.

All times are in Universal Time (UTC). To convert the time to your timezone, click here.

Learn more about every upcoming astronomical event in 2015 An Astronomical Year (Kindle eBook) and The Astronomical Almanac (2015-2019) (Kindle eBook) and The Astronomical Almanac (2015-2019) (Paperback Edition).

Details of all available books across the world can be found here or by visiting the author’s page on Amazon.


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