Observing Highlights for April 2016
very near Venus
(16° from Sun, morning sky) at 8h UT. Daytime occultation (very
thin crescent Moon) from Europe, northern Africa, and western
Russia. Mag. -3.9.
of Venus in 2016 (IOTA)
at 11:24 UT. Start of lunation 1154.
(closest to Earth) at 18h UT (357,163 km; angular size 33.5').
(16° from Sun, evening sky) at 13h UT. Mag. -1.0. Very low on
the western horizon.
near the Pleiades
(evening sky) at 6h UT.
very near Aldebaran
(evening sky) at 23h UT. Daytime occultation from North America.
Reappearance visible after sunset from NE USA.
of Aldebaran (IOTA)
(evening sky) at 3h UT. Mag. -2.3. The two brightest objects in
the evening sky.
at greatest elongation
(20° east of Sun, evening sky) at 14h UT. Mag. +0.2.
7.2° W of Saturn
(135° from Sun, morning sky) at 4h UT. Mags. -1.1 and +0.3.
(midnight sky) at 12h UT.
(farthest from Earth) at 16h UT (distance 406,351 km; angular
at 5:24 UT.
peaks at 6h UT. Active April 16-25. Radiant is between Hercules
and Lyra. Expect 10 to 20 bright, fast meteors per hour at its
peak. Unfavorable viewing conditions this year due to Full Moon.
the Lyrids (Gary Kronk)
Shower Calendar 2016 (PDF) (IMO)
(morning sky) at 6h UT. Mag. -1.3.
(morning sky) at 8h UT.
(morning sky) at 20h UT. Mag. +0.2.
4.9° N of Antares
(morning sky) at 21h UT. Mags. -1.3 and +1.0.
at 3:29 UT.
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)