Events for December 2014

The following table gives the date and time of important astronomical events for December 2014. The time of each event is given in Greenwich Mean Time or GMT (a.k.a. Universal Time or UT). To convert GMT to Eastern Standard Time (EST) just subtract 5 hours. To convert GMT to other time zones, visit Time Zones. Some of the astronomical terms used in the calendar are explained in Definitions.

 Date    GMT   Astronomical Events for December 2014
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        (h:m)

Dec 02  08:32  Moon at Descending Node 
    06  12:27  FULL MOON 
    08  10     Mercury at Superior Conjunction 
    12  12     Mars at Perihelion 
    12  23:02  Moon at Apogee: 404584 km
    14  12:51  MOON AT LAST QUARTER 
    16  13:27  Moon at Ascending Node 
    19  20:55  Saturn 1.6°S of Moon
    21  23:03  Winter Solstice 
    22  01:36  NEW MOON 
    24  16:43  Moon at Perigee: 364791 km
    28  18:31  MOON AT FIRST QUARTER 
    29  09:27  Moon at Descending Node 

As the events above transpire, I will post photographs of some of them at Recent Images.

Astronomical events calendars for complete years and for five time zones are available through the links below.

Time Zones Calendars of Astronomical Events
Greenwich Mean Time 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Eastern Standard Time 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Central Standard Time 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Mountain Standard Time 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Pacific Standard Time 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020

For additional years and time zones, see Calendars of Astronomical Events.

The sky events tables were all generated by a computer program I wrote (with THINK Pascal running on a Macintosh G4) using Astronomical Algorithms (Jean Meeus).

Fred Espenak


2 thoughts on “Events for December 2014

    • The “Events for December 2014” page is meant to be very brief so distances are given in kilometers only. The International System of Units (abbreviated SI) is the modern form of the metric system and is the world’s most widely used system of measurement, used in both everyday commerce and science. The USA is virtually the only country that has not adopted this system. BUT IT SHOULD! It’s quite easy to convert kilometers into miles by multiplying by 0.621. You can do it right in Google, or with the calculator app on your smart phone.

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