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  Sky Calendar -- April 2007
2 Full Moon at 17:15 UT. Called the "Grass Moon" or "Egg Moon".
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
3 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 9h UT (distance 406,329 km; angular size 29.4').
3 Moon near Spica at 17h UT (morning sky).
7 Moon very near Antares at 13h UT (morning sky). Occult-ation visible from E. Australia, N.Z., and S. South America.
Occultation of Antares (IOTA)
8 Moon near Jupiter at 8h UT (morning sky).
10 Last Quarter Moon at 18:04 UT.
12 Venus 2.6° from the Pleiades at 6h UT (evening sky).
14 Moon very near Mars at 1h UT (morning sky). Mag. +1.1. Occultation visible from Yemen, Somalia and Madagascar.
Occultation of Mars (IOTA)
16 Moon near Mercury at 6h UT (morning sky). Mag. -0.5.
17 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 6h UT (357,135 km; 33.5').
17 New Moon at 11:36 UT. Beginning of lunation 1043.
17 National Dark Sky Week, April 17-24. You are encouraged to turn off any unnecessary outdoor lights in order to temporarily reduce light pollution.
National Dark Sky Week
19 Moon near the Pleiades at 16h UT (evening sky).
20 Moon near Venus at 7h UT (evening sky).
21 Astronomy Day 2007 is today! Astronomy clubs, planetariums, observatories, and science museums worldwide will offer a variety of public activities.
Astronomy Day Web Site (Astronomical League)
Astronomy Day in Canada (RASC)
22 Lyrid meteor shower peaks at 22h 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.
The Lyrids (International Meteor Organization)
23 Moon near Pollux at 11h UT (evening sky).
24 First Quarter Moon at 6:36 UT.
24 Moon near Beehive cluster (M44) at 14h UT (evening sky).
25 Moon very near Saturn at 10h UT (evening sky). Occultation visible Alaska, Western and Northern Canada.
Occultation of Saturn (IOTA)
26 Moon very near Regulus at 9h UT (evening sky). Occultation visible from N.E. Siberia and N.W. North America.
Occultation of Regulus (IOTA)
29 Mars 0.68° from Uranus at 4h UT (morning sky). Mags +1.0 and +5.9.
30 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 11h UT (distance 406,209 km; angular size 29.4').
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Summer Time = UT - 4 hours.

Clear skies till next month!

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