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Sun, Moon & Stars

Movement of the heavenly bodies: April 2001

April Calendar

Moon Phase Day Phenomenon Hour
(UT)
Hour
(EST)
1 FIRST QUARTER 11006 am
5 The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. 10005 am
6 Mercury is 10 degrees south of Venus. 21004 pm
8 FULL MOON 030010 pm
(April 9)
10 Pallas, the second-largest asteroid, appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion. 02009 pm
(April 9)
13 Mars is 1 degree 3 minutes south of the Moon. 02009 pm
(April 12)
15 Ceres, the largest asteroid, is 0 degrees 9 minutes south of the Moon. The asteroid is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon. 040011 pm
(April 14)
15 LAST QUARTER 160011 am
16 Jupiter is 5 degrees north of Aldebaran. 14009 am
16 Neptune is 3 degrees north of the Moon. 160011 am
17 The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit. 06001 am
17 Venus appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent backward, or retrograde, motion changes back to direct motion. 170012 noon
17 Uranus is 3 degrees north of the Moon. 23006 pm
20 Venus is 10 degrees north of the Moon. 20003 pm
23 Mercury is in superior conjunction, that is, Mercury and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 09004 am
23 NEW MOON 150010 am
25 Saturn is 1 degree 4 minutes north of the Moon. 160011 am
26 Jupiter is 1 degree 8 minutes north of the Moon. 13008 am
30 The asteroid Juno is in conjunction with the Sun, that is, Juno and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 02009 pm
(April 29)
30 FIRST QUARTER 170012 noon

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