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Sun, Moon, and Stars: April 2001

Movement of the heavenly bodies: April 2001

 

April Calendar

Moon Phase Day Phenomenon Hour
(UT)
Hour
(EST)
1 FIRST QUARTER 1100 6 am
5 The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. 1000 5 am
6 Mercury is 10 degrees south of Venus. 2100 4 pm
8 FULL MOON 0300 10 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. 0200 9 pm
(April 9)
13 Mars is 1 degree 3 minutes south of the Moon. 0200 9 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. 0400 11 pm
(April 14)
15 LAST QUARTER 1600 11 am
16 Jupiter is 5 degrees north of Aldebaran. 1400 9 am
16 Neptune is 3 degrees north of the Moon. 1600 11 am
17 The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit. 0600 1 am
17 Venus appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent backward, or retrograde, motion changes back to direct motion. 1700 12 noon
17 Uranus is 3 degrees north of the Moon. 2300 6 pm
20 Venus is 10 degrees north of the Moon. 2000 3 pm
23 Mercury is in superior conjunction, that is, Mercury and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 0900 4 am
23 NEW MOON 1500 10 am
25 Saturn is 1 degree 4 minutes north of the Moon. 1600 11 am
26 Jupiter is 1 degree 8 minutes north of the Moon. 1300 8 am
30 The asteroid Juno is in conjunction with the Sun, that is, Juno and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun. 0200 9 pm
(April 29)
30 FIRST QUARTER 1700 12 noon