Stargazers can add not one but two total eclipses to their diaries for 2014, according to Stardome Observatory’s publication for 2014 - the NZ Astronomical Yearbook. The dates for these Lunar eclipses are 15th April, and 8th/9th of October, with the October eclipse likely to be the more favourable one, because it occurs closer to midnight when the moon will be high in the sky.
In its 20th year of production, Stardome’s 2014 NZ Astronomical Yearbook has plenty of insights about the Universe we live in, making it a great read for enquiring minds, and well timed as a Christmas gift for budding astronomers. The 2014 edition features information about the Lunar eclipses as well as articles and editorial exploring these topics:
- Our bodies are about 70% water but have you ever wondered where it all came from? Read about this issue and the current theories.
- The Mars-one project, a bold goal to take the first budding space pioneers to Mars to found a new colony, which some intrepid Kiwis have stepped forward for.
- New Zealand has a long list of talented astronomers, both amateur and professional - we showcase the work of three exceptional amateurs.
With many spectacular reasons to look up at the skies in 2014, why not make this the year that you re-establish your connection with the beauty of the night sky and the stars and planets that our forebears knew so well.
To find out more about the NZ Astronomical Yearbook and the Lunar eclipses in 2014 visit www.stardome.org.nz.
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