April 2008

Lunar Events

Since the new moon occurs on Saturday, April 4th, 2008 the weekend of April 5th-6th will be the best for dark sky observing.

The full moon for this month occurs on April 20th and is known as the Full Flower Moon. It is also known as the Corn Planting Moon or Milk Moon.

On April 8th we will find the waxing, crescent moon in the asterism known as Pleiades (M45) in the constellation Taurus.

Mercury

Mercury disappears into the glare of the morning sun around April 5th and will reappear in the evening around April 26th.

Mercury begins the month in the constellation Pisces, the Fish, until April 5th when is moves into the constellation Cetus, The Sea Monster, just as it vanishes from view into the glare of the sun. While it is unobservable while is crosses to the other side of the sun it returns to the constellation Pisces on April 8th, the to the constellation Aries, the Ram, on April 17th. After it emerges into the evening sky it will move into the constellation Taurus on April 29.

April 30 - Mercury Pleiades

By the end of the month Mercury will be a mere 4°30’ from the asterism known as Pleiades (M45).

Venus

Venus is the Morning Star for the entire month of April. Venus starts April in the constellation Aquarius, the Water Bearer, and moves into the constellation Pisces, the Fish, the next day, April 2nd. On April 11th, Venus moves into the constellation Cetus, the Sea Monster, until April 14th when it will return to Pisces, where it finishes the month.

Mars

Mars can be found in the evening all month in the constellation Gemini, the Twins.

April 12 - Mars and Moon

Midnight, April 12th, Mars will be located less than 0°30’ from

the First Quarter Moon.

Jupiter

Jupiter is located in the constellation Sagittarius, the Archer, until January 2009.  Jupiter can be observed in the morning hours for the whole month.

April 27 - Jupiter and Moon

On April 27, around 1:45 am Jupiter will rise within 4° of

the waning, gibbous moon.

Saturn

Saturn is found in the constellation Leo, the Lion, until the year 2009, and can be observed in the evening hours all month.

April 15 - Saturn, Moon and Rgulus

On April 15th, Saturn sets within 5° of the waxing, gibbous moon and

the star Regulus.

Uranus

Uranus is located in the constellation Aquarius, the Water Bearer, until the year 2009.  Uranus rises in the morning hours before sunrise this month.  At the beginning of April Uranus rises around 6:00am and by the end of the month it is rising about 4:00am. 

April 4 - Uranus and MoonOn April 4th, Uranus will rise within 4°30’ of the waning, crescent moon.

Neptune

Neptune can be found in the constellation Capricornus, the Sea Goat, until the year 2010.  Neptune is visible in the morning hours, rising around 4:30am at the beginning of April and rising around 2:30am by the end of April.

April 15 - N2ptune, Uranus

April 15 - The positions at sunrise of Jupiter, Neptune, Uranus, and Venus (Mercury and the Sun off picture to lower left.)

Pluto

Pluto is located after midnight until morning this month. At the beginning of April, Pluto rises round 1:00am and rises around 11:00 pm by the end of the month.  Pluto is located in the constellation Sagittarius, the Archer, until 2023.

April 15 - Pluto, Jupiter, Neptune

On April 15, at sunrise looking South, the position of Pluto,

Jupiter and Neptune.

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