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  Sky Calendar -- April 2023
2 Moon near Regulus at 12h UT (evening sky).
Regulus (Wikipedia)
6 Full Moon at 4:36 UT.
6 Moon near Spica at 21h UT (midnight sky).
Spica (Wikipedia)
10 Moon near Antares at 8h UT (morning sky).
Antares (Wikipedia)
11 Venus 2.5° SE of the Pleiades at 14h UT (evening sky).
11 Mercury at greatest elongation east at 22h UT (20° from Sun, evening sky). Mag. 0.1.
Mercury (Wikipedia)
11 Jupiter at conjunction with the Sun at 22h UT. The largest planet passes into the morning sky.
Jupiter (Wikipedia)
13 Last Quarter Moon at 9:12 UT.
16 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 2:31 UT (distance 367,968km; angular size 32.5').
16 Moon near Saturn at 7h UT (morning sky). Mag. 1.0.
Saturn (Wikipedia)
20 Annular-Total Eclipse of the Sun along a narrow path crossing the Indian Ocean, Australia's North West Cape, East Timor, West Papua and Pacific Ocean from 1:34 to 6:59 UT. Partial solar eclipse visible from Southeast Asia and Australia.
Hybrid Solar Eclipse of 2023 April 20 (GIF) (NASA)
Solar Eclipse Path Map (Time and Date)
Solar Eclipses: 2015 - 2030 (Mr Eclipse)
NASA Solar Eclipse Page (NASA)
20 New Moon at 4:15 UT. Start of lunation 1241.
22 Moon near the Pleiades at 12h UT (evening sky).
The Pleiades (Wikipedia)
23 Lyrid meteor shower peaks at 1h UT (timing and activity is variable). Active April 14-30. Radiant is between Hercules and Lyra. Expect 10 to 20 bright, fast meteors per hour at its peak.
Lyrids (Wikipedia)
AMS Meteor Shower Calendar 2022-2023 (IMO)
23 Moon near Venus at 13h UT (41° from Sun, evening sky). Mag. −4.1. Look out for this spectacular sight!
Venus (Wikipedia)
25 Moon near M35 star cluster at 0h UT (evening sky).
Messier 35 (Wikipedia)
26 Moon near Mars at 4h UT (evening sky). Mag. 1.3.
26 Moon near Castor at 13h UT (evening sky).
26 Moon near Pollux at 18h UT (evening sky).
27 First Quarter Moon at 21:20 UT.
27 Moon near Beehive cluster M44 at 23h UT (evening sky).
Beehive Cluster (Wikipedia)
M44: The Beehive Cluster (APOD)
28 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 7h UT (distance 404,299km; angular size 29.6').
29 Moon near Regulus at 20h UT (evening sky).
29 International Astronomy Day 2023 is celebrated today! Contact your local Astronomy club, planetarium, observatory or science museum to participate in a variety of Astronomy activities.
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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