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  Sky Calendar -- April 2019
1 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 0h UT (distance 405,577 km; angular size 29.5').
2 Moon near Venus (morning sky) at 7h UT. Mag. −4.0.
3 Moon near Mercury (26° from Sun, morning sky) at 2h UT. Mag. 0.8.
5 New Moon at 8:51 UT. Start of lunation 1191.
8 Moon near the Pleiades (evening sky) at 23h UT.
9 Moon near Mars (evening sky) at 10h UT. Mag. 1.5.
9 Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 16h UT.
11 Mercury at greatest elongation west (28° from Sun, morning sky) at 20h UT. Mag. 0.4.
12 First Quarter Moon at 19:05 UT.
12 Moon near Pollux (evening sky) at 22h UT.
13 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 (evening sky) at 21h UT.
15 Mars 6.5° N of Aldebaran (45° from Sun, evening sky) at 1h UT. Mags. 1.6 and 0.9.
15 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 10h UT.
16 Mercury 4.3° E of Venus (30° from Sun, morning sky) at 20h UT. Mags. 0.2 and −3.9.
16 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 22:03 UT (364,205 km; angular size 32.8').
19 Moon near Spica (morning sky) at 3h UT.
19 Full Moon at 11:11 UT.
Full Moon Names (Wikipedia)
22 Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 11h UT.
23 Lyrid meteor shower peaks at 0h UT. Active April 14-30. Radiant is between Hercules and Lyra. Expect 10 to 20 bright, fast meteors per hour at its peak. Unfortunately, bright moonlight this year means poor viewing conditions.
Lyrids (Wikipedia)
2019 Meteor Shower Calendar (PDF) (IMO)
23 Moon near Jupiter (morning sky) at 13h UT. Mag. −2.4.
25 Moon near Saturn (105° from Sun, morning sky) at 13h UT. Mag. 0.5. Occultation visible from eastern Australia, New Zealand, and western South America.
Occultation of Saturn (IOTA)
26 Last Quarter Moon at 22:18 UT.
28 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 18h UT (distance 404,582 km; angular size 29.5').
All times Universal Time (UT).
  • USA Eastern Daylight Time = UT − 4 hours.
  • Australian Eastern Summer Time = UT + 11 hours
  • Singapore Standard Time = UT + 8 hours.

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