Society News Headlines
- April 1st – Transit of Jupiter across the Sun.
- April 2nd – Mercury 1.6° North of Moon.
- April 2nd – Zodiacal light observational period begins.
- April 3rd – Astronomy Week in USA. (Ends Apr 9th).
- April 3rd – Venus 3° North of Moon.
- April 5th – Comet C/1999 J2 (Skiff) at perihelion (7.110AU).
- April 6th – Mars 5° North of Moon.
- April 6th – Jupiter 4° North of Moon.
- April 6th – Saturn 3° North of Moon.
- April 6th – Mars 1.1° North of Jupiter.
- April 8th – Moon at Perigee.
- April 8th – National Astronomy Day – USA.
- April 11th – 30th Anniversary (1970) of launch of Apollo 13, at 13:13hrs.
- April 14th – BAA Winchester Weekend, King Alfred College, Winchester.(Ends April 16th).
- April 14th – LAS Monthly Meeting 7pm in the Crypt Concert Room, Liverpool RC Catheral.(Use underground car park entrance).
- April 16th – Mars 2° North of Saturn.
- April 18th – Comet 108P/Ciffreo at perihelion (1.713AU).
- April 21st – Comet 64P/Swift-Gehrels at perihelion (1.340AU).
- April 22nd – Lyrid Meteor Shower max.
- April 24th – Comet C/1999 K8 (Linear) at perihelion (4.200AU).
- April 24th – Moon at apogee.
- April 25th – 10th Anniversary (1990) of the deployment into Earth orbit of The Hubble Space Telescope.
- April 26th – Neptune 1° North of Moon.
- April 27th – Uranus 1.3° North of Moon.
- April 28th – Mercury 0.3° South of Venus.
- April 28th – Jan Oort’s 100th Birthday (1900).
- April 29th – BAA Out-of-London Meeting, including Ordinary Meeting, B&M Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham.
THE NIGHT SKY DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL 2000
The Sun and Moon
All times are in GMT the same as U.T. Times For Observer in Liverpool, Merseyside, England, U.K.
Please note change to BST
Latitude 53 degs 24 mins North.
Longitude +3.0 degs West.
Mar 31st Apr 5th 10th 15th 20st 25th 30th SUNRISE 06:48 06:36 06:24 06:12 06:01 05:50 05:40 SUNSET 19:46 19:55 20:04 20:13 20:22 20:31 20:40
|PHASES OF THE MOON DURING APRIL 2000|
THE PLANETS THIS MONTH.
Mercury is not favourable to view this month.
Venus may still be visible very shortly before Sunrise but it must be regarded as unfavourable now as it continues its journey away from us toward the back of the Sun.
Mars is also poorly placed, lying 25° away from the Sun at the start of the month. Look towards the West on the 6th and Mars will pass 1° North of slower moving Jupiter as they both head towards the Sun. On the same day the Moon lies 6° South.Nine days later, on the 15th Mars passes 2° North of Saturn. This maybe a good time to record a series of observations – either photographic or a drawing – each day from the start of the month and track the planets as they all head towards an inevitable rendezvous with the Sun.
MARSWATCH – latest observations of the red planet.
- 20 Massalia is at oppostion at Mag 9.6 in Virgo on April 14th.
- 1 Ceres is well placed, also in Virgo at mag 7.0 on April 1st.
For More information on Asteroids Click Here.
Jupiter is part of the “Dance of the Planets” with Saturn and Mars low in the West after Sunset.
Launched in October 1989, the Galileo Jupiter Probe entered orbit around the great planet on December 7th 1995. The Project Galileo Homepage will give you up-to-date information and the very latest images returned.
Saturn is also closely involved with Jupiter and mars in the evening sky in the West at 21h:00 mid month.
URANUS and NEPTUNE.
Uranus is slowly recovering from its February solar conjunction, and can be seen at Mag 5.9 in Capricornus.
Positions for the 1st April R.A. DEC TRANSIT TIME MAG 21h:29m:12s -15°:33':19" 09h:01m 5.9
Like Uranus, Neptune is recovering from its solar conjunction in January and at mag 7.9 the approaching twilight will hinder chances of locating this outer planets.
Positions for the 1st April R.A. DEC TRANSIT TIME MAG 20h:34m:06s -18°:30'19" 08h:06m 7.9
Pluto can be found on the border of Ophiuchus and Scorpius, roughly between the 4th magnitude stars zeta and 20 Ophiuchi. The best time to look for the planet is around New Moon. The dates below will be a guide for planning observations.
Positions for April are when pluto's elongation angle is greater than 90°. DATE R.A. DEC TRANSIT TIME April 10th 16h:50m:54s -11°:09':56" 03:48 April 20th 16h:50m:17s -10°:12':15" 03:08 April 30th 16h:49m:30s -10°:08':50" 02:28
Pluto is best seen between March 28th – April 11th.
- April 12th VIRGINIDS (6 per hour) Fairly Favourable
- April 22nd APRIL LYRIDS (20 per hour) Unfavourable.
- April 28th ALPHA SCORPIIDS (20 per hour) Unfavourable.
- 5th April Comet C/1999 J2 (Skiff) at Perihelion (7.110AU).
- 18th April Comet 108/P (Ciffreo) at Perihelion (1.713AU).
- 21st April Comet 64P/Swift-Gehrels at Perihelion (1.340AU).
- 24th April Comet C/1999 k8 (Linear) at Perihelion (4.200AU).
Plus these pages will give daily and weekly reports of this and other Comets progress.
- BAA Comet Section Home Page
- Comet Web Sites.
- NASA/JPL Comet Observations Home Page.
- The Astronomer Comet Page.
- April 9th at 23h:40m Disappearance of chi Orionis.(mag 4.4)