Observing Highlights for April 2015
(farthest from Earth) at 13h UT (distance 406,012 km; angular
Eclipse of the Moon
begins at 11:54 UT and ends at 12:06 UT (only 12 minutes).
Mid-eclipse at 12:00 UT. Partial phases begin at 10:15 UT and
end at 13:45 UT. The Moon will appear red-orange in color during
totality (the color of EarthΥs sunsets). Visible from North
America, the Pacific Ocean, Australia, New Zealand and most of
of 2015 (NASA)
Lunar Eclipse of 2015 April 4 (PDF) (NASA)
at 12:06 UT.
(midnight sky) at 5h UT.
(morning sky) at 13h UT. Mag. +0.3.
(morning sky) at 23h UT.
at superior conjunction
with the Sun at 4h UT. The elusive planet passes into the
2.6° SSE of the Pleiades
(39° from Sun, evening sky) at 22h UT. Mag. -4.1.
at 3:44 UT.
(closest to Earth) at 4h UT (361,023 km; angular size 33.1').
at 18:57 UT. Start of lunation 1142.
7.4°N of Aldebaran
(40° from Sun, evening sky) at 0h UT. Mags. -4.1 and +0.9.
near the Pleiades
(evening sky) at 23h UT.
(evening sky) at 17h UT. Occultation visible from north central
of Aldebaran (IOTA)
(evening sky) at 19h UT. Mag. -4.1.
peaks at 0h UT ± 4 hours. Active April 16-25. Radiant is
between Hercules and Lyra. Expect 10 to 20 bright, fast meteors
per hour at its peak. Moon will set late evening making for
ideal viewing conditions.
the Lyrids (Gary Kronk)
Shower Calendar 2015 (PDF) (IMO)
at 23:55 UT.
near Beehive Cluster
(evening sky) at 5h UT.
(evening sky) at 16h UT. Mag. -2.1.
(evening sky) at 2h UT.
(farthest from Earth) at 4h UT (distance 405,083 km; angular
times Universal Time (UT). USA Central Standard Time = UT-6 hours. (DST = UT-5 hrs,)
is caused by sunlight reflected off meteoric dust in the plane
of the solar system. Choose a clear, moonless night, about 1-2
hours after sunset, and look for a large triangular-shaped glow
extending up from the horizon (along the ecliptic). The best
months to view the Zodiacal Light is when the ecliptic is almost
vertical at the horizon: March and April (evening) and
October-November (morning); times reversed for the southern
Picture of the Day (APOD)
the Zodiacal Light (Weatherscapes)