April 2017 Sky

April 2017 Sky 

1 Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 9h UT. Occultation visible from southern Asia, Japan, and Korea.
1 Mercury at greatest elongation east (19° from Sun, evening sky) at 10h UT. Mag. 0.0.
3 First Quarter Moon at 18:40 UT.
5 Moon near Beehive cluster (evening sky) at 12h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
7 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 4h UT. Occultation visible from southern South America.
7 Jupiter at opposition at 21h UT. Best time to observe the largest planet in the solar system. Mag. −2.5.
Opposition (Wikipedia)
10 Moon near Jupiter (midnight sky) at 23h UT. Mag. −2.5.
11 Full Moon at 6:08 UT.
11 Moon near Spica (midnight sky) at 10h UT.
15 Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 7h UT.
15 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 10h UT (distance 405,475 km; angular size 29.5′).
16 Moon near Saturn (morning sky) at 19h UT. Mag. 0.3.
19 Last Quarter Moon at 9:59 UT.
20 Mercury at inferior conjunction with the Sun at 6h UT. Mercury passes into the morning sky.
21 Mars 3.5° SSE of the Pleiades (28° from Sun, evening sky) at 20h UT. Mag. 1.6.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
22 Lyrid meteor shower peaks at 12h UT. Active April 16-25. Radiant is between Hercules and Lyra. Expect 10 to 20 bright, fast meteors per hour at its peak.
Observing the Lyrids (Gary Kronk)
Meteor Shower Calendar 2017 (IMO)
23 Moon near Venus (morning sky) at 21h UT. Mag. −4.5.
26 New Moon at 12:17 UT. Start of lunation 1167.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
26 Venus at its brightest at 19h UT. Mag. −4.5.
27 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 16:14 UT (359,327 km; angular size 33.3′).
28 Moon near the Pleiades (23° from Sun, evening sky) at 2h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
28 Moon near Mars (27° from Sun, evening sky) at 9h UT. Mag. 1.6.
28 Moon near Aldebaran (32° from Sun, evening sky) at 18h UT. Occultation visible from eastern Europe and north central Africa.
Occultation of Aldebaran (IOTA)
April 2017 Sky All times Universal Time (UT).

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