- April 5: The waning crescent Moon is close to Venus und Mercury, something best (only?) seen from the Southern hemisphere.
- April 8: The waxing crescent Moon (only 12% illuminated) scratches by the Plejades and won't drown them in light - photographers be aware!
- April 13: The Moon occults the Beehive star cluster (M 44) around 19:00 UTC.
- April 15: Regulus, Saturn & the Moon form an evening chain.
- Around April 27: The best evening apparition of Mercury (for the Northern hemisphere) begins, lasting until about May 19.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
April brings conjunctions and Mercury in the (Northern) evening
As in March there won't be that outstanding - and predictable - sky event this month, except for a man-made one: the automated docking of the ATV to the ISS on the 3rd. The successful dress-rehearsal already led to impressive pictures that could be followed on TV. And again the pair of spacecraft in the sky was a nice sight, too (as was the ATV from the ISS during the Jan. 29 approach). The reentry of the ATV will be of scientific interest for the meteor/heat shield community, by the way. And here is a new hi-res amateur image of the ISS with the first Japanese component. Now for some natural April highlights: