Here you can find the highlights of the upcoming months along with Sky Charts to help you visualise what celestral bodies are visible. A glossary of astronomical terms used in this page is provide at the end.
Sky Charts generated by Sky Safari, Simulation Curriculum Corp.
|April||03||15:18 UTC||Conjunction of Mercury and Neptune|
|April||15||09:19 UTC||Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn|
|April||15||23:06 UTC||Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter|
|April||16||04:34 UTC||Conjunction of the Moon and Mars|
|April||21||17:08 UTC||Conjunction of the Moon and Mercury|
|April||21-22||All night||Lyrids Meteor Shower|
|April||23||All night||New Moon|
|April||28||15:24 UTC||Conjunction of the Moon and Venus|
|To use the chart: hold it so the direction you are facing is at the bottom, the lower half of the chart shows the sky in front of you and the centre of the chart is the region directly overhead.|
The Moon is between the Earth and the Sun, so the bright side of the Moon is facing away from the Earth.
So-called ‘supermoons’ occur when the Full Moon happens to coincide with the Moon’s closest approach to Earth (‘perigee’), and therefore appear larger than usual.
In the Northern Hemisphere the vernal equinox falls about March 20 or 21, as the Sun crosses the celestial equator going north. According to the astronomical definition of the seasons, the vernal equinox also marks the beginning of spring, which lasts until the summer solstice (June 20 or 21 in the Northern Hemisphere.
Conjunctions involve either two objects in the Solar System or one object in the Solar System and a more distant object, such as a star. A conjunction is an apparent phenomenon caused by the observer's perspective: the two objects involved are not actually close to one another in space.
In astronomy, a planet's elongation is the angular separation between the Sun and the planet, with Earth as the reference point. The greatest elongation of a given inferior planet occurs when this planet's position, in its orbital path around the Sun, is at tangent to the observer on Earth.