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
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