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Supermoon – August 10, 2014

The largest full Moon of the year occurs at about 1:30pm on August 10th. The Moon does not rise above the horizon until just before 7pm, but it is still very nearly full at that time. A supermoon is said to occur when the Moon is full at the same time it is near perigee, or when it is at its closet approach to Earth during its orbit.

Conjunction of Ceres and Vesta – July 4th and 5th, 2014

The two largest asteroids, Ceres and Vesta will reach a very close conjunction on July 4th and 5th. On these two nights they will appear within 10 arc minutes of one another. As points of reference, there are 60 arc minutes in a degree, and the Moon’s apparent diameter is about 30 arc minutes, or as previously stated, 1/2 degree in diameter. These two bodies are not visible with the unaided eye, but can be seen with binoculars or a modest telescope. The conjunction will occur in Virgo, but do your research to know exactly where to look, and print out a chart with stars down to 9th magnitude.