Sky Calendar

 April 2015
1 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 13h UT (distance 406,012 km; angular size 29.4').
4 Total Eclipse of the Moon begins at 11:54 UT and ends at 12:06 UT (only 12 minutes). Mid-eclipse at 12:00 UT. Partial phases begin at 10:15 UT and end at 13:45 UT. The Moon will appear red-orange in color during totality (the color of Earth's sunsets). Visible from North America, the Pacific Ocean, Australia, New Zealand and most of Asia.
4 Full Moon at 12:06 UT.
5 Moon near Spica (midnight sky) at 5h UT.
8 Moon near Saturn (morning sky) at 13h UT. Mag. +0.3.
8 Moon near Antares (morning sky) at 23h UT.
10 Mercury at superior conjunction with the Sun at 4h UT. The elusive planet passes into the evening sky.
11 Venus 2.6° SSE of the Pleiades (39° from Sun, evening sky) at 22h UT. Mag. -4.1.
12 Last Quarter Moon at 3:44 UT.
17 Moon at perigee (closest to Earth) at 4h UT (361,023 km; angular size 33.1').
18 New Moon at 18:57 UT. Start of lunation 1142.
20 Venus 7.4°N of Aldebaran (40° from Sun, evening sky) at 0h UT. Mags. -4.1 and +0.9.
20 Moon near the Pleiades (evening sky) at 23h UT.
21 Moon near Aldebaran (evening sky) at 17h UT. Occultation visible from north central Asia.
21 Moon near Venus (evening sky) at 19h UT. Mag. -4.1.
23 Lyrid meteor shower peaks at 0h UT ± 4 hours. Active April 16-25. Radiant is between Hercules and Lyra. Expect 10 to 20 bright, fast meteors per hour at its peak. Moon will set late evening making for ideal viewing conditions.
25 First Quarter Moon at 23:55 UT.
26 Moon near Beehive Cluster (evening sky) at 5h UT.
26 Moon near Jupiter (evening sky) at 16h UT. Mag. -2.1.
28 Moon near Regulus (evening sky) at 2h UT.
29 Moon at apogee (farthest from Earth) at 4h UT (distance 405,083 km; angular size 29.5').
All times Universal Time (UT). USA Eastern Standard Time = UT - 5 hours.