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  Sky Calendar -- April 2018
1 Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 12h UT.
2 Mars 1.3° S of Saturn (morning sky) at 13h UT. Mags. 0.3 and 0.5.
3 Moon near Jupiter (morning sky) at 16h UT. Mag. −2.4.
5 Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 3h UT.
7 Moon near Saturn (morning sky) at 13h UT. Mag. 0.5.
7 Moon, Mars and Saturn within 3.5° circle (97° from Sun, morning sky) at 16h UT. Mags. −0.2 and 0.5.
7 Moon near Mars (morning sky) at 18h UT. Mag. −0.2.
8 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 6h UT (distance 404,144 km; angular size 29.6').
8 Last Quarter Moon at 7:20 UT.
12 Moon near Mercury (20° from Sun, morning sky) at 12h UT. Mag. 2.3.
16 New Moon at 1:59 UT. Start of lunation 1179.
17 Moon near Venus (24° from Sun, evening sky) at 22h UT. Mag. −3.9.
18 Moon near the Pleiades at 13h UT (evening sky).
19 Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 5h UT.
20 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 15h UT (368,714 km; angular size 32.4').
22 Lyrid meteor shower peaks at 15h UT. Active April 16-25. Radiant is between Hercules and Lyra. Expect 10 to 20 bright, fast meteors per hour at its peak. Very favorable viewing conditions.
22 First Quarter Moon at 21:46 UT.
23 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 (evening sky) at 6h UT.
24 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 21h UT.
25 Venus near the Pleiades (evening sky) at 0h UT. Mag. −3.9.
28 Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 20h UT.
29 Mercury at greatest elongation west (18° from Sun, morning sky) at 18h UT. Mag. 0.5.
30 Full Moon at 0:58 UT.
30 Moon near Jupiter (midnight sky) at 19h UT. Mag. −2.5.
All times Universal Time (UT).
  • USA Eastern Standard Time = UT − 5 hours.
  • Australian Eastern Summer Time = UT + 11 hours
  • Singapore Standard Time = UT + 8 hours.

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