Here are the astronomical events occurring in the month of April: (All times are given in UTC format)
- February 1: Venus passes 0.8 degrees of Neptune. This occurs at approximately 17:00.
- February 5: Earth crosses Jupiter’s equatorial plane, which means we are in the second half of occulation and eclipse season of Jupiter’s Moons.
- February 6: Earth reaches opposition with Jupiter at approximately 18:00.
- February 6: The Moon reaches its apogee of 406,200 km at 18:25.
- February 18: The Moon is new. This Moon is also a Black Moon, where this will be the third New Moon in a season where four New Moons are normal.
- February 20: The Moon, Venus, and Mars are in conjunction with each other. This meeting occurs at Dusk.
- February 21: Venus passes 0.4 degrees south of Mars at Dusk. Moon will have moved away by then.
- February 24: Mercury reaches greatest morning elongation at 26.7 degrees west of the sun. This will take place at 19:00.
- February 25: The Moon will occult Aldebaran at 23:26 in Northern Europe.
- February 25: Neptune is at conjunction with the Sun. Will not be visible until it comes out from the other side.
Here is a look at Comet Lovejoy’s Path (Obtained from Bob Moler’s Ephemeris Blog)
Announcement: On April 22, 2015, I will be delivering a presentation at the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada’s Recreational Meetup, talking about my journey as an amateur astrophotographer. I hope you can all come to this event.
Sky News Magazine – January/February Issue