As the year winds down, book stores are full of almanacs and other time capsules reflecting on the year that was.
Throughout the next few weeks, we’re going to take a look at some of features in the World Almanac and Book of Facts 2014, which was released in print in November and in e-publication earlier this month.
Let’s take a look at the upcoming year in celestial events: Seeing stars, planets, meteor showers and other cool things in the sky.
2014 Celestial Events
- January 16 — Full Moon
- February — Mars rises late in the evening and is high in the southwest at sunrise.
- March 1 and 30 — New Moon
- April 15 — Full Moon, Total Lunar eclipse
- May — Venus is low in the east before sunrise all month
- June — Jupiter is in the west at sunset and sets in the late evening.
- July 5 — First Quarter Moon
- August 13 — Perseid meteor shower
- September — Saturn is in the southwest at sunset and sets several hours later.
- October 21 — Orionid meteor shower
- November 17 — Leonid meteor shower
- December 14 — Gemenid meteor shower
Some Famous Constellations and What They Mean
- Aquarius = water bearer
- Canis Major = big dog
- Cassiopeia = queen
- Delphinus = dolphin
- Mensa = table mountain
- Norma = square
- Orion = hunter
- Ursa Major = big bear
- Virgo = maiden
Did You Know?
- The largest, most massive planet is Jupiter.
- The fastest orbiting planet is Mercury.
- The planet with the most moons is Jupiter.
- The planet with the tallest mountain is Mars.
- The slowest orbiting planet is Neptune.
- The hottest planet is Venus.
You Thought Your Days Were Long…
A day (midday to midday) on each planet is:
- Mercury = 175.94 days
- Venus = 116.75 days
- Mars = 24 hours 39 minutes 35 seconds
- Jupiter = 9 hours 55 minutes 33 seconds
- Saturn = 10 hours 39 minutes 23 seconds
- Uranus = 17 hours 14 minutes 23 seconds
- Neptune = 16 hours 6 minutes 37 seconds
- Earth = 24 hours
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