Astronomy news for the two weeks starting Friday, April 7,
Skylights has been produced in various forms for
31 years, since 1985, and even before that as an annual
bulletin. It's now time to simplify Skylights and bring part of
it to a close. We will continue to list lunar phases, planetary
passages, and other significant events for the coming two weeks
on this website, but by bullet, not by prose text. Because there will no
longer be any script, the telephone and emailing services have been dropped.
The Star of the Week will continue as before, as will the Photo of the Week.
Thanks all for your support.
The next Skylights will appear Friday, April 21.
Moon at apogee, farthest from Earth, Friday, April 15.
Planets and the Solar System
Mercury goes through inferior conjunction with the Sun,
Thursday, April 20.
Uranus in conjunction with the Sun, Friday, April 14,
Jupiter in opposition to the Sun, Friday April 7.
Jupiter than rises at sunset, sets at sunrise, and transits the
meridian about as Saturn rises.
Lyrid Meteor shower peaks April 22-23; it's the
detritus of Comet 1861 I.
In the early evening, Pollux and Castor in Gemini are nearly overhead. To the south is Procyon in Canis Minor, Orion's smaller dog. To the north of the Twins lie
the faint stars of the modernconstellation Lynx, the, uh, Lynx. To the far
south, from the northern hemisphere, the stars of Argo, the Ship, float along the
horizon, led by Vela the Sails,
with Carina, the Hull, to the
southeast, and Puppis, the
Stern, to the north of the second brightest star of the sky, Canopus.