Home | Services | Store | Downloads | Articles | Help
Astronomy & Space Articles
As published in The Evening Sky Map
Skymaps.com/store -- Recommended Books & Products for Skywatchers
New BooksStar AtlasesPlanispheresGetting StartedObserving GuidesTelescope BooksKids BooksSky Myths
AlmanacsHistory & ArtistryStar Map PrintsAstroPhotographyTelescopes & BinocularsMediaAstro Calendars

    Articles > April 2012
Back | Next

New 4th Edition

Nightwatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe

Best first Astronomy book. A 5-star best seller. Includes a set of star charts. Latest edition.
Buy from Amazon
• Save 37% •

Celstron SkyMaster Giant
15x70 Binoculars

(with tripod adaptor)

You will be amazed at the celestial objects you can view with a good pair of binoculars. The Celestron SkyMaster15x70 binoculars are an excellent, low-cost choice for the urban skywatcher.
Buy from Amazon
• FREE Shipping •

The Evening Sky Map

Thank You.

  Sky Calendar -- April 2012
April is Global Astronomy Month http://www.gam-awb.org/
1 Moon near Beehive cluster (M44) (evening sky) at 22h UT.
Beehive Star Cluster (M44) (Wikipedia)
3 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 15h UT.
3 Venus 0.4° SSE from Alcyone, brightest star in the Pleiades (46° from Sun, evening sky) at 21h UT. Mags. -4.4 and +2.8.
6 Full Moon at 19:19 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
7 Moon near Spica (midnight sky) at 4h UT.
7 Moon near Saturn (midnight sky) at 10h UT. Mag. +0.3.
7 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 17h UT (358,315 km; 33.3').
10 Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 5h UT.
13 Friday-the-13th. There are three Friday-13ths in 2012, 13 weeks apart from each other. Friday falls on the 13th more often than any other day of the week.
Friday the 13th (Wikipedia)
13 Last Quarter Moon at 10:50 UT.
14 Venus 9.8° NNW of Aldebaran (evening sky) at 11h UT. Mags. -4.5 and +0.9.
15 Saturn at opposition (opposite the Sun) at 18h UT. Visible all night long, the ringed planet is at its brightest (mag. +0.3) and closest all year (disk diameter 19"). Saturn's rings appear magnificent even in a small telescope.
Opposition (Wikipedia)
16 Mars 4.3° E of Regulus (evening sky) at 5h UT. Mags. -0.4 and 1.4.
18 Mercury at greatest elongation, 27° west of Sun (morning sky) at 17h UT. Mag +0.4. Thin Moon nearby.
21 New Moon at 7:19 UT. Start of lunation 1105.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
22 Lyrid meteor shower peaks at 5:30 UT. Active April 16-25. Radiant is between Hercules and Lyra. Expect 10 to 20 bright, fast meteors per hour at its peak.
The Lyrids (Gary Kronk)
Meteor Shower Calendar (IMO)
22 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 14h UT (distance 406,419 km; angular size 29.4').
23 Moon near the Pleiades (26° from Sun, evening sky) at 18h UT.
Pleiades (star cluster) (Wikipedia)
25 Moon near Venus (41° from Sun, evening sky) at 2h UT. Mag. -4.5.
29 First Quarter Moon at 9:57 UT.
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Daylight Time = UT - 4 hours.

Clear skies till next month!

Download the latest issue of The Evening Sky Map.

Follow Skymaps.com on Twitter. Receive news of updated sky maps, reminders of Sky Calendar events, and other noteworthy news for sky watchers. And it's FREE!

Sky Calendar References:

Copyright - Terms of Use - Privacy Policy - Contact Us

Copyright © 2000-2012 Kym Thalassoudis. All Rights Reserved.

Wonders of the
Solar System

Also available on DVD

The Universe
Complete Series Megaset

Also available on DVD

Journey to the
Edge of the Universe

Also available on DVD

Into The Universe
with Stephen Hawking

Also available on DVD