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  Sky Calendar -- April 2013
April is Global Astronomy Month. Created by Astronomers Without Borders in 2010 to build on the International Year of Astronomy 2009. More info at: http://www.gam-awb.org/
3 Last Quarter Moon at 4:38 UT.
10 New Moon at 9:38 UT. Start of lunation 1117.
Lunation Number (Wikipedia)
13 Moon near the Pleiades (evening sky) at 14h UT.
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
14 Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 10h UT.
14 Moon near Jupiter (49° from Sun, evening sky) at 20h UT. Mag. -2.0.
15 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 22h UT (distance 404,862 km; angular size 29.5').
18 Mars at conjunction with the Sun at 0h UT. Mars passes into the morning sky.
18 First Quarter Moon at 12:31 UT.
19 Moon near Beehive cluster (M44) (evening sky) at 5h UT.
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
21 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 1h UT.
22 Lyrid meteor shower peaks at 11:30 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 strong moonlight.
The Lyrids (Gary Kronk)
25 Moon very near Spica (169° from Sun, evening sky) at 0h UT. Occultation visible from southern Africa and NE South America.
Occultation of Spica (US Naval Observatory)
Occultation of Spica (IOTA)
25 Full Moon at 19:59 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
25 Partial Eclipse of the Moon from 18:03 to 22:11 UT, mid-eclipse at 20:09 UT. Only a tiny sliver of the Moon will be covered by the Earth's umbral shadow at maximum eclipse. Visible from much of the Eastern Hemisphere.
Partial Lunar Eclipse: 2013 Apr 25 (NASA inc Maps & Tables)
26 Moon near Saturn (midnight sky) at 0h UT. Mag. +0.1.
27 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 20h UT (362,268 km; 33.0').
28 Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 2h UT.
28 Saturn at opposition (opposite the Sun) at 8h UT. The ringed planet is at its brightest (mag. +0.1) and closest all year (disk diameter 19"). Saturn's rings appear spectacular even in a small telescope.
Opposition (Wikipedia)
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Summer Time = UT - 4 hours.

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