maximum predicted between 0h and 3h UT. Active from July 17 to
August 24. Produces swift, bright meteors (50 to 100 per hour)
many with persistent trains. Moonlight spoils viewing conditions
the Perseids (Gary Kronk)
Shower Calendar (IMO)
at 12:26 UT.
near the Pleiades
(morning sky) at 22h UT.
• The Pleiades
0.21° N of Jupiter
(18° from Sun, morning sky) at 4h UT. Mags. -3.9 and -1.8. Most
spectacular planet-planet conjunction in 2014.
(morning sky) at 20h UT.
near Beehive Cluster
(23° from Sun, morning sky) at 12h UT.
Venus and Jupiter
within circle diameter 6° (18° from Sun, morning sky) at 19h
UT. Mags. -3.9 and -1.8. Spectacular. Very low in eastern
(farthest from Earth) at 6h UT (distance 406,523 km; angular
at 14:13 UT. Start of lunation 1134.
3.4° SSW of Saturn
(75° from Sun, evening sky) at 18h UT. Mags. +0.6 and +0.6.
(evening sky) at 21h UT.
very near Saturn
(evening sky) at 19h UT. Mag. +0.6. Occultation visible from
central West Africa.
of Saturn (IOTA)
times Universal Time (UT). USA Central Standard Time = UT-6 hours. (DST = UT-5 hrs,)
is caused by sunlight reflected off meteoric dust in the plane
of the solar system. Choose a clear, moonless night, about 1-2
hours after sunset, and look for a large triangular-shaped glow
extending up from the horizon (along the ecliptic). The best
months to view the Zodiacal Light is when the ecliptic is almost
vertical at the horizon: March and April (evening) and
October-November (morning); times reversed for the southern
Picture of the Day (APOD)
the Zodiacal Light (Weatherscapes)