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The RASC supports a number of observing programs and initiatives designed to help members and others get the most out of their involvement with amateur astronomy. The RASC's Observing Certificate program provides you with a structured program that will allow you to explore the night sky and earn a certificate in the process. Observing sections allow members to find out more information about specialized observing topics. Finally, selected resources are provided to help you get the most out of your observing experience.

The RASC's Observing Programs are supported and managed by the RASC Observing Committee. Participation in this committee is welcome. To reach the committee you may e-mail the Observing Committee Chair.



Planets This Month

The Solar System: October 2014

The Moon The Moon is at first quarter as the month begins. There is a lunar eclipse on the 8th.
Mercury Is low in the west at sundown early in the month, quickly passing in front of the Sun for the rest of the month.
Venus May be visible just above the partially darkened Sun around mid-eclipse.
Mars Near month-end, the Red Planet has moved into the realm of the Milky Way, gliding by the Lagoon Nebula (M8) for a few days, October 25 to 28
Jupiter Is just north of the Moon on the 17th.
Saturn Rises in the daytime, setting shortly after sundown, so will be a challenging observation early in the month.
Uranus Uranus rises around 18:00 and crosses the sky all through the night. Watch for the close encounter (mentioned above) with the Moon on the 8th.
Neptune Neptune rises about an hour before Uranus, crossing the sky all night. The Moon is nearby on the 5th, but a telescope is needed to see blue-green Neptune.