Sky this month – October 2014

Here is a list of astronomical events for given month. Location dependent events listed here are visible from central Europe.


1 – Asteroid (258) Tyche occults a +11.8 magnitude star at 19:39 UT for 7 s and magnitude drops for 0.3, detailed info.

4 – Asteroid (1) Ceres passes just 30’ north of Saturn.

7 – Planet Uranus at opposition.

8 – Full Moon at 10:52 UT.

8 – The Draconids (DRA) meteor shower peaks at ~23:3O UT, with ZHR up to ~30. Observing will be affected by full Moon.

9 – Asteroid (455) Bruchsalia occults a +12.1 magnitude star at 03:37 UT for 4 s and magnitude drops for 2.2, detailed info.

9 – Asteroid (690) Wratislavia occults a +9.9 magnitude star at 17:25 UT for 6 s and magnitude drops for 4, detailed info.

19 – Comet C/2012 K1 (PanSTARRS) at its brightest. It may reach +6th magnitude for Southern hemisphere observers.

19 – Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) passes just 7’ from the planet Mars. Globular cluster NGC 6401 also lies nearby.

21 – The Orionids (ORI) meteor shower peak, with ZHR up to ~25. Nearly Moon free conditions this year are perfect for observing this shower.

23 – New Moon at 21:58 UT.

24 – The Leonis Minorids (LMI) meteor shower peak, with ZHR around 2. Radiant seen only from Northern hemisphere.

25 – Occultation of the planet Saturn by the Moon at 15:43 UT. For Europe this event happens low in the sky, near the horizon. Detailed info.

25 – Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) crosses perihelion.

25 – Venus at superior solar conjunction. Not observable as the planet is placed behind the Sun.

28 – Conjunction between planet Mars and NGC 6530 (open cluster inside Lagoona nebula).

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