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mainsheetsister

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New Moon on March 30.

The Moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will not be visible from Earth.

This phase occurs at 18:45 UTC.

This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.

On Earth, spring tides will occur, such that high tides will be very high and low tides will be very low, due to the combined effect of the Moon and the Sun pulling in the same direction on the waters of Earth's oceans.

 

mainsheetsister

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First Quarter Moon on April 7.

The First Quarter Moon rises at midday, will be directly overhead at sunset, and sets at midnight.

From Earth, it appears that half of the disc of the moon is illuminated by the sun because the moon, the Earth, and the sun have formed a right angle with one another.

On Earth, neap tides will occur, such that high tides are not as high and low tides are not as low due to the opposing effects of the gravity of the sun and the moon pulling on the waters of Earth's oceans.

 

mainsheetsister

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Mars at Opposition on April 8.

The red planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun.

Mars will be directly overhead at midnight.

This is the best time to view and photograph Mars.

A medium-sized telescope will allow you to see some of the dark details on the planet's orange surface.

You may even be able to see one or both of the bright white polar ice caps.

 

mainsheetsister

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Full Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse on April 15.

The Moon will be directly opposite the Earth from the Sun and will be fully illuminated as seen from Earth.

This phase occurs at 07:42 UTC.

When the Moon is full, it rises as the sun goes down, is directly overhead at midnight, and sets as the sun rises.

This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Pink Moon because it marked the appearance of the moss pink, or wild ground phlox, which is one of the first spring flowers.

This moon has also been known as the Sprouting Grass Moon and the Growing Moon.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes completely through the Earth's dark shadow, or umbra.

During this type of eclipse, the Moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red color.

A lunar eclipse can only occur when the Moon is full, and can last up to four hours.

Lunar eclipses can occur two or three times a year.

This eclipse will be visible throughout most of North America, South America, and Australia.

(NASA Map and Eclipse Information)

 

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A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes completely through the Earth's dark shadow, or umbra.

During this type of eclipse, the Moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red color.

A lunar eclipse can only occur when the Moon is full, and can last up to four hours.

Lunar eclipses can occur two or three times a year.

This eclipse will be visible throughout most of North America, South America, and Australia.

(NASA Map and Eclipse Information)
Should be quite a show, especially for us Seppos. Thanks, MSS.

BTW: Drudge is reporting that there will be 4 extraordinary total lunar eclipses starting Apr 15. "The blood moons are part of a tetrad, a set of complete and consecutive lunar eclipses that will begin on April 15 and continue in roughly six-month intervals until October 2015. All of them are visible for all or parts of the USA."

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/televangelist-claims-blood-moons-sign-world-shaking-event-article-1.1754601#ixzz2ytKTFbwD
This could foretell something horrific, like a Celine Dion World Tour.

 
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mainsheetsister

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Lyrids Meteor Shower Peaks April 22-23.

The Lyrids is an average shower, usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at its peak.

It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher, which was discovered in 1861.

The shower runs annually from April 16-25.

It peaks this year on the night of the night of the 22nd and morning of the 23rd.

These meteors can sometimes produce bright dust trails that last for several seconds.

The last quarter moon will be a slight problem this year, blocking the less bright meteors from view.

Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight.

Meteors will radiate from the constellation Lyra, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

 

mainsheetsister

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Last Quarter Moon on April 22.

The Last Quarter Moon rises around midnight, will be at its highest point in the sky around sunrise, and sets around noon.

From Earth, it will appear that half of the disc of the moon is illuminated by the sun because the moon, the Earth, and the sun have formed a right angle with one another.

On Earth, neap tides will occur, such that high tides are not as high and low tides are not as low due to the opposing effects of the gravity of the sun and the moon pulling on the waters of Earth's oceans.

 

mainsheetsister

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New Moon and Annular Solar Eclipse on April 29.

The Moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will not be visible from Earth because the Moon's dark side is facing the Earth.

When the Moon is New, it rises with the sun in the morning, is directly overhead at midday, and sets with the sun in the evening.

This phase occurs at 06:14 UTC.

This is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters because there is no moonlight to interfere.

An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon is too far away from the Earth to completely cover the Sun.

This results in a ring of light around the darkened Moon.

The Sun's corona is not visible during an annular eclipse.

A solar eclipse can only occur when the Moon is New because the Moon is between the Earth and the Sun, and the Moon's shadow is cast upon the Earth.

A solar eclipse can last up to 7 minutes and 40 seconds.

Solar eclipses can occur 4 to 5 times per year.

The path of the eclipse will begin off the coast of South Africa and move across Antarctica and into the east coast of Australia.

NASA Map and Eclipse Information

 

mainsheetsister

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Eta Aquarids Meteor Shower on May 5-6.

The Eta Aquarids is an above average shower, capable of producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak.

Most of the activity is seen in the Southern Hemisphere.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the rate can reach about 30 meteors per hour.

It is produced by dust particles left behind by comet Halley, which has known and observed since ancient times.

The shower runs annually from April 19 to May 28.

It peaks this year on the night of May 5 and the morning of the May 6.

The first quarter moon will set just after midnight leaving fairly dark skies for what should be a good show.

Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight.

Meteors will radiate from the constellation Aquarius, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

 

mainsheetsister

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Saturn at Opposition on May 10.

The ringed planet will be at its closest approach to Earth and its face will be fully illuminated by the Sun.

At opposition, Saturn will rise in the east as the sun goes down, will be directly overhead at midnight, and will set in the west as the sun comes up.

This is the best time to view and photograph Saturn and its moons.

A medium-sized or larger telescope will allow you to see Saturn's rings and a few of its brightest moons.

Saturn is the second-largest planet in the solar system.

It is one of the four Jovian planets, which are also known as gas giants.

While all four of the gas giants have rings, Saturn's rings are the most spectacular, and are made of icy particles.

Saturn gives off more energy than it receives from the sun.

This, combined with observations of changes in the composition of the outer layers of Saturn's atmosphere, leads astronomers to believe that Saturn is still forming.

Saturn is the only planet in the solar system that would float in water, if you had a bathtub big enough.

Saturn has at least 60 natural satellites.

 

mainsheetsister

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Full Moon on May 14.

The Moon will be directly opposite the Earth from the Sun and will be fully illuminated as seen from Earth.

This phase occurs at 19:16 UTC.

When the moon is full, it rises in the east at sunset, is directly overhead at midnight, and sets in the west at sunrise.

This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Flower Moon because this was the time of year when spring flowers appeared in abundance.

This moon has also been known as the Full Corn Planting Moon and the Milk Moon.

 
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