SKYLINE for October 2014

Compiled by the Noble Planetarium Staff

Upcoming Sky Events

Fort Worth can view two eclipses this month.

  • A Total Lunar Eclipse on the morning of October 8 from 3:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.

  • A Partial Solar Eclipse on the afternoon of October 23 from 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Join us outside the museum for both of these FREE events!

The Noble Planetarium staff has a long history of eclipse watching. The picture below features a young Don Garland, formally the director of the Noble, at the Total Solar Eclipse of 1970.

1970 Solar Exclipse

Featured from left to right in this photograph:  Luis Williams, Jon Dahm, Danny Morrison, Stephen Sebastian, Randy Lambert, Richard Stover, Don Garland. 

Junior Texas Astronomical Society, founded 1952 by the Texas Astronomical Society.

Our next Star Party is:
October 4, 2014
 Sunset till 11 p.m.
Location:  Bob Eden Park in Euless

Fort Worth Astronomical Society

This local group will help you find the answers to all your astronomy related questions. Come meet them this month.

October 21, 2014
7:00 PM
UNT Health Sci. Center Rm 110

Noble PlanetariumWhat's happening in the Planetarium?

Fall Show times!
Our Planetarium shows will be listed on the Museums Calendar on the website.
Each day will feature two different shows across eight show times. Please check in advance what shows will be showing on the day of your visit. Thanks!

Planetary Postings

  • Venus & Mercury – Venus dips behind the Sun from our view for the entire month of October. Mercury briefly appears in the morning sky at the end of October.  

  • Mars – Can be found in the west just over the horizon after sunset. Mars is moving eastward day by day in the sky, and though it will start in the constellation of Scorpious, by the end of October it will be in the constellation of Sagittarius.

  • Jupiter – Will be visible in the east in the early morning sky by the constellation of Leo the lion. It will stay there all month.

  • Saturn – Will be near Mars in the southern horizon, but slowly will fade from view in the Sun’s light by the end of October.

Lunar Line-up:             

First Quarter:      October 1

Full Moon:           October 8

Last Quarter:      October 15

New Moon:         October 23

Star Parties for 2014

Sunset till 11 p.m. in the Museum's South Parking lot except in October.

March 8 | April 5 | May 10 | June 7 | July 5 | August 2 | September 6 | October 4, Stars over Euless at Bob Eden Park in Euless | November 1

If you would like a fun way to navigate the night sky just go to: Uncle Al provides free and easy to use star wheels that you can download and print at home.

For more information about the night sky, contact the Noble Planetarium at 817-255-9409 or

Fun Fact
Five of the movies shown in the Omni Theater have been nominated for Academy Awards: The Living Sea, Dolphins, Cosmic Voyage, Alaska: Spirit of the Wild, and Special Effects: Anything Can Happen. Peter D. Parks was awarded the Gordon E. Sawyer

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