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  Sky Calendar -- April 2006
1 Moon very near the Pleiades at 23h UT (48° from Sun, evening sky). Occultation visible from central and eastern North America.
3 Moon near Mars at 19h UT (evening sky). Mag. +1.2.
5 First Quarter Moon at 12:01 UT.
6 Moon near Pollux at 3h UT (evening sky).
7 Moon near Saturn at 1h UT (evening sky). Mag. +0.2.
7 Moon near Beehive cluster at 7h UT (evening sky).
8 Mercury at greatest elongation, 28° west from Sun (morning sky) at 19h UT. Mag. +0.4, very low in the east.
9 Moon near Regulus at 5h UT (evening sky).
9 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 13h UT (distance 405,551 km; angular size 29.5').
13 Full Moon at 16:40 UT. In April it is called the "Grass Moon" or "Egg Moon".
13 Moon very near Spica at 18h UT (midnight sky). Occultation visible from India, South-East Asia, and northern parts of Australia.
15 Moon near Jupiter at 12h UT (morning sky). Mag. -2.5.
17 Moon very near Antares at 8h UT (morning sky). Occultation visible from southern South America.
18 Venus 0.30° from Uranus at 9h UT (45° from Sun, morning sky). Mags. -4.2 and 5.9.
21 Last Quarter Moon at 3:28 UT.
22 Lyrid meteor shower peaks at 16h UT. Active between April 16-25. Radiant is located between Hercules and Lyra. Expect between 10 to 20 bright, fast meteors per hour at its peak. Favorable viewing conditions this year.
24 Moon very near Venus at 14h UT (morning sky). Mag -4.2. Occultation visible from southern South America (daytime).
25 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 11h UT (363,731 km; 32.8').
26 Moon near Mercury at 5h UT (morning sky). Mag -0.2.
27 New Moon at 19:44 UT. Beginning of lunation 1031.
29 Moon very near the Pleiades at 10h UT (21° from Sun, evening sky).
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Summer Time = UT - 4 hours.

Clear skies till next month!

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