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  Sky Calendar -- April 2005
2 Last Quarter Moon at 0:51 UT.
3 Jupiter at opposition at 15h UT (mag. -2.5). The best time to observe the largest planet in the solar system. A small telescope will easily reveal its four largest moons and major cloud bands.
4 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 11h UT (distance 368,492 km; angular size 32.4').
8 Total-Annular Eclipse of the Sun along a very narrow path across Costa Rica, Panama, Columbia, and Venezuela from 22:09 to 22:18 UT. Partial solar eclipse visible from the southern United States, all of Central America, and parts of Southern America. WARNING: NEVER LOOK AT THE SUN -- it will instantly damage your eyes! Use a pinhole in a large card to project the Sun's image onto a surface.
8 New Moon at 20:32 UT. Beginning of lunation 1018.
11 Moon near the Pleiades at 23h UT (evening sky).
16 Astronomy Day 2005 is today! Astronomy clubs, planetariums, observatories, and science museums worldwide will offer a variety of public activities including free night sky viewing sessions.
16 First Quarter Moon at 14:38 UT.
16 Moon at apogee (furthest from Earth) at 19h UT (distance 404,304 km; angular size 29.6').
22 Lyrid meteor shower peaks at 10h UT. Active between April 16-25. The radiant is located between Hercules and Lyra. Expect between 10 to 20 bright, fast meteors per hour at its peak. Unfortunately, bright moonlight will greatly hinder viewing this year.
22 Moon very near Jupiter at 17h UT (evening sky). Occultation visible from southern Africa.
24 Full Moon at 10:07 UT. The full Moon of April is called the "Grass Moon" or "Egg Moon".
26 Mercury at greatest elongation, 27° west from the Sun (morning sky) at 16h UT. Not favorable for mid-northern latitudes.
26 Moon very near Antares at 23h UT (morning sky). Occultation visible along a wide path from northern Africa to India.
29 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 10h UT (distance 369,029 km; angular size 32.4').
All times Universal Time (UT). (USA Eastern Summer Time = UT ­ 4 hours)

Clear skies till next month!

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