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Current Astronomy "Headlines"


Full Moon
April 4


Last Quarter April 11


New Moon April 18


First Quarter
April 25

Listed below are notable astronomical events coming up for the month of
April 2015:

Naked-Eye Planets

Mercury
In April, Mercury starts off in the morning sky deep in the Sun’s glare, then ends up an evening planet in the constellation Taurus.

Venus
Venus starts in the constellation Aries then crosses over into Taurus early in April, setting in the evening sky after sunset all month long. Venus finishes the month in Taurus.

Mars
In April, Mars sinks ever deeper into the Sun’s evening glare all month long in Aries.

Jupiter
Jupiter is in the constellation Cancer in April, a little to the east of the Pleaides star cluster

Saturn
Saturn is in the constellation Scorpius in April and rises at a little before 10 p.m. at the end of the month.

Telescopic Planets

Uranus
Uranus is in the constellation Pisces all month long, and comes into solar conjunction early in the month. Throughout the rest of April, Uranus rises before the Sun in the east, still in Pisces.

Neptune
Neptune rises in the morning sky before the Sun in Aquarius all month long.

Dwarf Planets

Ceres
Ceres is in the constellation Capricornus, rising in the early morning sky for all of April.

Pluto
Pluto is still in the constellation Sagittarius in April, rising at a little before 1 a.m. by month’s end.

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Meteor Showers - http://amsmeteors.org/showers.html

Viewable Comets - http://cometography.com/current_comets.html

Special events - http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/highlights

 

 

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