Siblings of the Solar System Mars and Saturn begins to be cosmically inseparable, at least from our earthly perspective. You can find these two planets in the morning south-southeastern sky before sunrise.
The reddish Mars starts the month at 0.3 magnitude, which is bright and brighter in the spring and summer, while the ringed Saturn (0.5 magnitude, slightly darker than Mars) sits in the same room as the Red Planet, just above the Teapot form of the constellation Sagittarius . Mars and Saturn conjunction Monday, when they will be 1
As for the action above the Sagittarius teapot dome, you will find that the two planets separate more each morning. The waning Gibbon Moon (about 56 percent bright according to the US Naval Observatory) joins the planetary duo as it nudges Saturn on the morning of April 7.
Mars will be to the left of Saturn. By the end of April, both planets are far apart in the southern morning sky.
The Giant Planet Jupiter anchors the late night and early morning sky, as it will reach -2.4 magnitude, very bright. The large, gaseous planet now rises at 22 o'clock in the east-southeast. Hour, until the end of April, it climbs around 20:30 clock in East-Southeast. But if you walk the dog before sunrise, watch the planet hang in the southwest all month long. You may notice that Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday the waning moon slides over Jupiter.
Catch the splinter of a young moon on the evening of 16./17. April in the western sky among the lively Venus . It is difficult to miss our neighbor planet, as -3.9 magnitude Venus is quite bright.
The Lyrids meteors reach their peak, according to the International Meteor Organization (IMO.net) on 21-22. April. There are about 20 shooting stars per hour in the shower, as the meteors start from the constellation Lyra which rises in the northeastern sky late in the evening.
Meteors occur when comets swing through our solar environment. For the Lyrids discovered on 5 April 1861 Comet Thatcher the sun, left dusty debris and left a dusty trail. The earth melts into this path, dust hits our atmosphere, burns and creates a shooting star show for us.
● April 2 – The wonders of the spring sky unfold in the Stars Tonight program at the David M. Brown Planetarium, 1426 N. Quincy St. , Arlington, adjacent to the Washington-Lee High School. 7:30 pm $ 3.
● April 5 – "Direct Image Exoplanets," a talk by researcher Brian Hicks at the University of Maryland's Observatory, College Park. Then scan the sky through the telescopes in good weather.
8 pm astro.umd.edu/openhouse
● April 8 – "The Barmecide Feast", a replica of the iconic, surreal space at the end of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey ", in honor of the 50th birthday of the film. Issued until May 31st. National Air and Space Museum, Washington. airandspace.si.edu
● April 8 – "Electronically Assisted Astronomy", a lecture by astronomer Tom Fowler, describing how the limits of pure visual astronomy can be overcome despite light pollution. At the regular meeting of the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club, 163 Research Hall, George Mason University. 7:00 pm novac.com
● April 18 – "Is Astronomy Ready for the James Webb Space Telescope?", A talk by Ken Sembach, director of the Space Telescope Science Institute. Lockheed Martin Imax Theater, National Aerospace Museum, Washington. 8:00 pm airandspace.si.edu
● April 20 – Kathleen Mandt of the Applied Physics Lab at Johns Hopkins University talks about the Rosetta Mission at the University of Maryland Observatory, College Park. See the night sky with telescopes, weather permitting. 8 pm
● April 21 – Astronomy Day hosted by the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club. See the sun safely in the afternoon, watch special presentations and explore the night sky with telescopes. 3 to 11 pm at C.M. Crockett Park, 10066 Rogues Road (Route 602), Midland, Virginia. $ 7 park entrance fee for non-Fauquier County residents. goo.gl/uqrbMV
● April 21 – Learn how quantum gravity creates the web of reality in a Montgomery College planetarium program, Takoma Park. 7:00 pm goo.gl/q9iwrS
● April 25 – "Swimming in Marse Lakes: Curiosity at Gale Crater", a talk by Scott Guzewich, NASA research astrophysicist, explores the remains of this one Lake with a rover. In the Mary Pickford Theater, in the James Madison Memorial Building, Library of Congress. 11:30
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