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  Sky Calendar -- April 2016
6 Moon 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.
Occultations of Venus in 2016 (IOTA)
7 New Moon at 11:24 UT. Start of lunation 1154.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
7 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 18h UT (357,163 km; angular size 33.5').
8 Moon near Mercury (16° from Sun, evening sky) at 13h UT. Mag. -1.0. Very low on the western horizon.
10 Moon near the Pleiades (evening sky) at 6h UT.
10 Moon very near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 23h UT. Daytime occultation from North America. Reappearance visible after sunset from NE USA.
Occultation of Aldebaran (IOTA)
14 First Quarter Moon at 3:59 UT.
15 Moon near Beehive cluster (evening sky) at 5h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
17 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 0h UT.
18 Moon near Jupiter (evening sky) at 3h UT. Mag. -2.3. The two brightest objects in the evening sky.
18 Mercury at greatest elongation (20° east of Sun, evening sky) at 14h UT. Mag. +0.2.
20 Mars 7.2° W of Saturn (135° from Sun, morning sky) at 4h UT. Mags. -1.1 and +0.3.
21 Moon near Spica (midnight sky) at 12h UT.
21 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 16h UT (distance 406,351 km; angular size 29.4').
22 Full Moon at 5:24 UT.
22 Lyrid meteor shower 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.
Observing the Lyrids (Gary Kronk)
Meteor Shower Calendar 2016 (PDF) (IMO)
25 Moon near Mars (morning sky) at 6h UT. Mag. -1.3.
25 Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 8h UT.
25 Moon near Saturn (morning sky) at 20h UT. Mag. +0.2.
26 Mars 4.9° N of Antares (morning sky) at 21h UT. Mags. -1.3 and +1.0.
30 Last Quarter Moon at 3:29 UT.
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Summer Time = UT - 4 hours.

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