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  Sky Calendar -- April 2022
1 New Moon at 6:26 UT. Start of lunation 1228.
2 Mercury at superior conjunction with the Sun at 23h UT. The innermost planet passes into the evening sky.
Mercury (Wikipedia)
5 Mars 0.3° SE of Saturn at 2h UT (53° from Sun, morning sky). Mags. 1.0 and 0.9. Visible in a telescope at the same time.
Mars (Wikipedia)
Saturn (Wikipedia)
5 Moon near the Pleiades at 5h UT (evening sky).
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
5 Moon near Aldebaran at 23h UT (evening sky).
Aldebaran (Wikipedia)
7 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 19h UT (distance 404,438km; size 29.5').
7 Moon near M35 star cluster at 21h UT (evening sky).
9 First Quarter Moon at 6:47 UT.
9 Moon near Castor at 10h UT (evening sky).
9 Moon near Pollux at 16h UT (evening sky).
10 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 at 20h UT (evening sky).
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
12 Jupiter 0.1° NNW of Neptune at 15h UT (29° from Sun, morning sky). Mags. −2.1 and 8.0.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
Neptune (Wikipedia)
12 Moon near Regulus at 15h UT (evening sky).
Regulus (Wikipedia)
16 Moon near Spica at 16h UT (midnight sky).
Spica (Wikipedia)
16 Full Moon at 8:56 UT.
19 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 15:15 UT (distance 365,143km; angular size 32.7').
19 Moon near Antares at 20h UT (morning sky).
Antares (Wikipedia)
22 Lyrid meteor shower peaks at 19h UT (variable). Active April 14-30. Radiant is between Hercules and Lyra. Expect 10 to 20 bright, fast meteors per hour at its peak. Moonlight interferes this year.
Lyrids (Wikipedia)
AMS Meteor Shower Calendar 2021-2022 (IMO)
23 Last Quarter Moon at 11:57 UT.
25 Moon near Saturn at 0h UT (morning sky). Mag. 0.9.
26 Moon near Mars at 2h UT (morning sky). Mag. 0.9.
Mars (Wikipedia)
27 Moon near Venus at 6h UT (morning sky). Mag. −4.1.
Venus (Wikipedia)
27 Moon, Venus and Jupiter within a circle of diameter 4.1° at 9h UT (morning sky). Mags. −4.1 and −2.1.
27 Moon near Jupiter at 12h UT (morning sky). Mag. −2.1.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
27 Venus 0.02° E of Neptune at 20h UT (43° from Sun, morning sky). Mags. −4.1 and 7.9.
29 Mercury at greatest elongation east at 8h UT (21° from Sun, evening sky). Mag. 0.3. The Pleiades are nearby.
30 Partial Eclipse of the Sun at 20:41 UT (greatest). Visible from SE Pacific and southern South America. Begins 18:45. Ends 22:38 UT.
Partial Solar Eclipse of 2022 April 30 (GIF) (NASA)
Solar Eclipses: 2011 - 2030 (Mr Eclipse)
NASA Solar Eclipse Page (NASA)
30 New Moon at 20:30 UT. Start of lunation 1229.
30 Venus 0.23° SE of Jupiter at 22h UT (43° from Sun, morning sky). Mags. −4.1 and −2.1. The brightest planets form a spectacular pair at dawn.
All times Universal Time (UT).
  • US Eastern Daylight Time = UT − 4 hours.
  • US Pacific Daylight Time = UT − 7 hours.
  • Australian Eastern Standard Time = UT + 10 hours
  • Singapore Standard Time = UT + 8 hours.

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