Astronomy Events in 2017

 

Astronomy Events in April 2017 

Enjoying the Dark Skies of Shetland !

April
1      Mercury at greatest elongation east
7      Jupiter at opposition
10    Close approach of the Moon and Jupiter
11    Full Moon
12    Virginid meteor shower
17    M3 is well placed
23    Lyrid meteor shower 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, discovered in 1861.
       The shower runs annually from April 16-25. It peaks this year on the night
        Meteors will radiate from the constellation Lyra, but can appear anywhere
        in the sky.
23    Conjunction of the Moon and Venus
23    Close approach of the Moon and Venus
25    Conjunction of the Moon and Mercury
28    α–Scorpiid meteor shower 
28    Conjunction of Mercury and Uranus
29    Venus at greatest brightness

For more ideas and information on what to observe this month, please also visit

Jodrell Bank's Night Sky Guide for April 2017