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2014 stargazing printable

January 17, 2014

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2014 stargazing

just like last year, i wanted to share a little stargazing printable with you. stargazing is one of my most favorite things to do. it’s so romantic and peaceful, don’t you think? watching the universe in this way always makes me feel in awe of God’s greatness and power and i feel so fortunate to be able to sit back and admire it.

to download the stargazing printable: click on the image above to open the pdf. download, print and enjoy!

january 5 - jupiter at opposition. the giant planet will be at its closest approach to earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the sun. this is the best time to view and photograph Jupiter and its moons.

march 20 – occultation of regulus. an extremely rare event will take place on the morning of thursday, march 20. an asteroid known as 163 erigone will pass in front of the bright star regulus in the constellation of leo, causing the star to disappear.

april 8 – mars at opposition. the red planet will be at its closest approach to earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the sun. this is the best time to view and photograph mars.

april 15 – total lunar eclipse. a total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes completely through the earth’s dark shadow, or umbra.

april 22-23 – lyrids meteor shower. the lyrids is an average shower, usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at its peak. it is produced by dust particles left behind by comet c/1861 g1 thatcher, which was discovered in 1861.

may 5-6 – eta aaquarids meteor shower. an above average shower, capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. most of the activity is seen in the southern hemisphere. it is produced by dust particles left behind by comet halley, which has known and observed since ancient times.

may 10 – saturn at opposition. the ringed planet will be at its closest approach to earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the sun. this is the best time to view and photograph saturn and its moons.

may 24 – possible meteor storm. in the early morning hours of saturday, may 24, the earth will pass through the debris field left behind by a small comet known as p/209 linear. astronomers are predicting that this interaction may result in a brief but intense burst of meteor activity that could range from dozens to hundreds of meteors per hour. nothing is certain, but many mathematical models are predicting that this could be the most intense meteor shower in more than a decade.

june 7 – conjunction of the moon and mars. the moon will pass within two degrees of the the planet mars in the evening sky. the gibbous moon will be at magnitude -12.2 and mars will be at magnitude -0.8. look for both objects in the western sky just after sunset.

july 28-29 – delta aquarids meteor shower. an average shower that can produce up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. it is produced by debris left behind by comets marsden and kracht.

august 12-13 -  perseids meteor shower. one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. it is produced by comet swift-tuttle, which was discovered in 1862. the Perseids are famous for producing a large number of bright meteors.

august 18 – conjunction of venus and jupiter. conjunctions are rare events where two or more objects will appear extremely close together in the night sky. the two bright planets will come unusually close to each other, only a quarter of a degree, in the early morning sky.

october 8 – total lunar eclipse. a total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes completely through the earth’s dark shadow, or umbra. during this type of eclipse, the moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red color.

october 8-9 – draconids meteor shower. a minor meteor shower producing only about 10 meteors per hour. it is produced by dust grains left behind by comet 21P giacobini-zinner, which was first discovered in 1900.

october 22, 23 – orionids meteor shower. an average shower producing up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak. it is produced by dust grains left behind by comet halley, which has been known and observed since ancient times.

october 23 – partial solar eclipse. a partial solar eclipse occurs when the moon covers only a part of the sun, sometimes resembling a bite taken out of a cookie.

december 13-14 – geminids meteor shower. the king of the meteor showers. it is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak. it is produced by debris left behind by an asteroid known as 3200 phaethon, which was discovered in 1982.

resources: they sky & tom paulus

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stargazing is one of my most favorite things to do. this past december, i was able to see the brilliant geminid meteor shower, and it’s something i’ll never forget! husband and i bundled up in sleeping bags and watched for about an hour as the stars darted across the sky. this year, i’m determined not to miss any of the big stargazing events, so i made a list and turned it into a little printable for us! 14 stargazing events in 2013 printable

1) january 21 — very close moon/jupiter conjunction. a waxing gibbous moon (78% illuminated) will pass within less than a degree to the south of jupiter high in the evening sky. your closed fist held out at arms length covers 10 degrees. these two won’t get that close again until 2026.

2) february 2-23 — best evening view of mercury. the planet mercury will be far enough away from the glare of the sun to be visible in the western sky after sunset. it will be at its brightest on the 16th and dim quickly afterwards. on the 8th it will skim by the much dimmer planet mars by about 0.4 degrees.

3) march 10-24 — comet panstarrs at its best. first discovered in 2011, this comet should be coming back around for about 2 weeks. it will be visible low in the northwest sky after sunset.

4) april 25 — partial lunar eclipse. a very minor, partial lunar eclipse (not visible in north america) where only about 2 percent of the moon’s diameter will be inside the dark shadow of the earth.

5) may 9 — annular eclipse of the sun (“ring of fire” eclipse). it will be visible in northern australia and parts of papua new guinea but mostly within the pacific ocean.

6) may 24-30 — dance of the planets. mercury, venus and jupiter will seemingly dance between each other in the twilight sky just after sunset as they will change their positions from one evening to the next. venus will be the brightest of all, six times brighter than jupiter.

7) june 23 — biggest full moon of 2013. it will be the biggest full moon because the moon will be the closest to the earth at this time making it a ‘supermoon’ and the tides will be affected as well creating exceptionally high and low tides for the next few days.

8) august 12 — perseid meteor shower. one of the best and most reliable meteor showers of the year producing upwards of 90 meteors per hour provided the sky is dark. this year the moon won’t be in the way as much as it will set during the evening leaving the rest of the night dark.

9) october 18 — penumbral eclipse of the moon. visible mostly in asia, europe and africa, at this time the 76% of the moon will be covered by the penumbral shadow of the earth.

10) november 3 — hybrid eclipse of the sun. a hybrid eclipse meaning, along its path, the eclipse will turn from annular to total and in this case most of the path will appear to be total as there will be a slight ring of sunlight visible near the beginning of the track. this one will begin in the atlantic (near the east coast of the u.s.) and travel through africa.

11) november 17-18 — leonids meteor shower. this is one of the better meteor showers to observe, producing an average of 40 meteors per hour at their peak. the shower itself has a cyclic peak year every 33 years where hundreds of meteors can be seen each hour. the last of these occurred in 2001.

12) mid-november through december — comet ison. the second comet this year, ison, could potentially be visible in broad daylight as it reaches its closest point to the sun. it will reach that point on november 28 and it is close enough to the sun to be categorized as a ‘sungrazer’. afterwards it will travel towards earth (passing by within 40 million miles) a month later.

13) all of december — dazzling venus. the brightest planet of them all will shine a few hours after sundown in the southwestern sky and for about 1.5 hours approaching new years eve. around december 5th, a crescent moon will pass above the planet and the next night venus will be at its brightest and wont be again until 2021.

14) december 13-14 geminid meteor shower. this is another great (if not the best) annual meteor shower. this year put on a show at about 120 meteors per hour and in 2013 it won’t be much different so expect another fantastic show. however, the moon – as it is a few days before full phase – will be in the way for most of the night obscuring some of the fainter meteors. You might have to stay up in the early morning hours (4am) to catch the all the meteors it has to offer.

14 stargazing events in 2013 printable

resources: the sky and space.com

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my parent’s front yard, christmas day 2010

what is it about a new year that gets you thinking about changes? i like to think that my eagerness to make changes is not because of the resolutions hype, but because it’s only natural to feel like it’s a new beginning. a fresh slate. a natural time to reflect and what worked in the previous year, and what didn’t. so naturally, i’ve been giving much thought to this next year, the goals that i have and things that i want to do differently. i read just yesterday that if you fail to plan you plan to fail. so alas, i’m planning! there are several things i’ve been reflecting upon, here are just a few.

goals for 2011:

- get focused. because i find myself doing so many things that don’t directly pertain to my big picture. it’s time to dive head first into the dreams that i have, and see if i can accomplish them.

- start saying no. at least a bit more frequently to the things that consume my time but don’t feed my goals.  this will only be a way to feed and support my goal #1.

- get on top of our finances. make a plan and name every dollar before the month begins (as i’m ultra-motivated by my latest read, total money makeover).

- put God first. in my time, my day, our finances, and in every way.

- start painting more.

- learn adobe illustrator. just learn it, bonnie!

- be better at communication. it seems now that all of my dear friends are spread out across the states, from boston to bend. it’s my number one goal to stay on top of being there for each of them and growing our relationships.

- get my read on. that’s right, start going through the stack of books i’ve collected that i want to read.

and here are some BIG events coming up in 2011!

- we’ll be moving to santa ynez, california with my husband’s job come march/april!

- david will be doing an iron man on may 9th in st. george utah (that’s my crazy amazing husband)!

- we hope (finger’s crossed) to get another doggie, so toaster has a friend. we have our sights set on getting a belgian tervuren, as that was my first dog!

now it’s your turn!

what are your goals for 2011? any big events coming up?

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