Monday, April 18, 2011

Celestial events in April 2011

I made this list of interesting celestial events using the information from the NASA web site and also from the Goddard Astronomy Club mailings. I would like to say thank you to people who are doing such a great job by gathering this information.

So here it is:
On Monday, April 18, evening, the International Space Station (ISS) will fly high above the National Capital area and will be visible with naked eyes (if weather permits). It is going to be the brightest object in the sky, except for the Moon, which will be extremely low in the east-southeast.

According to the PRESS RELEASE from National Capital Astronomers:

"ISS will rise in the West about 9:16 pm EDT, moving up and to the right,
into the heart of the bright stars of the winter sky. About 2 minutes later, she will be flying about 6 degrees right of the bright star Betelgeuse, being about 27 degrees altitude over azimuth 263 degrees. About 91 seconds later, ISS will culminate fairly high in the northwest at about 49 degrees over 326.
About 27 seconds later, she will be due North, about 4 degrees above
the North Star, Polaris. About 77 seconds later, ISS will disappear into the shadow of the Earth in the northeast, being about 20 degrees above 35 degrees."

April 18 - a full Moon. The Moon will be directly opposite the Earth from the Sun and will be fully illuminated as seen from Earth. This type of the full Moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Pink Moon . This year, it is also known as the Paschal Full Moon because it is the first full moon of the spring season.

April 21, 22 through 25 - Lyrids Meteor Shower from the constellation Lyra. The Lyrids are usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at their peak. However, this year, the gibbous moon will hide most of the fainter meteors in its glare. Look for meteors radiating from the constellation of Lyra after midnight, and be sure to find a dark viewing location far from city lights.

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