As every year, the protagonist of the april astronomical events it will be the shower of stars lyrids. However, we will also benefit from a partial solar eclipse it won’t be seen all over the planet, but it will surely leave picture-perfect images for those who aren’t in the right place to enjoy.
All this will happen in full spring in the northern hemisphere and autumn in the south. That is, with good weather that will allow you to get out and enjoy the night sky without excessive shelter. A little warmer under the equator, yes, but nothing to do with the harshness of winter.
And if we don’t arrive in time to see the peak of the Lyrids or if we are not in one of the places where the solar eclipse can be seen, nothing happens either. Like every month full moon nights, planetary conjunctions or times of maximum elongation of Mercury will also provide us with wonderful scenes in the sky. Therefore, if you like astronomical events, get out your calendar and jot down the following dates.
New Moon: dark sky to enjoy the firmament
New Moon nights are perfect for enjoying the night sky, as the light from the satellite does not interfere with the observation of weaker objects.
In the astronomical events of this month of April, we will have two new moon nights, one on April 1 and another on April 30. Therefore, we open and close the month with dark skies.
Some conjunctions of these astronomical events
The astrophotography enthusiasts They are the ones who appreciate the most planetary conjunctions. It is not for less, because these astronomical events represent scenes worthy of being immortalized. There will be many, like every month, but we can’t help but see Saturn and Mars on the 5th, Jupiter and Neptune on the 12th, and Mercury and Uranus on the 18th. There will also be a conjunction between the Moon and Saturn. on April 24 and another in which the Moon and Mars will pose together on April 26. Additionally, Venus will meet the Moon on April 27 and Jupiter on the 30th. In contrast, the lunar occultation of Uranus will occur on the first day of the month.
The lyrids, one of the queens of meteor showers
Lyrids are not among the most intense meteor showers. However, perhaps due to the time of year they occur, they are among the most popular. He has about 20 meteors per hour.
It comes from dust fragments left annually by the Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher and visible from April 16 to 25. However, its peak will occur on the night of 22-23. At that time, the Moon will be in a waning gibbous phase, so its brightness could hide some of the meteors from this star shower. However, thanks to the fact that it is common for them to leave a beautiful light trail, with enough patience, these astronomical events will not disappoint anyone.
The pink full moon that isn’t pink
This month the full moon will be April 16. As happens almost every month, it has a name derived from the folklore of the ancient native tribes of North America. In this case it is known as pink moon because it coincided with the flowering fields of Subulate phloxa perennial with pink flowers highly prized by Native Americans for its supposed medicinal uses.
However, the coastal tribes also knew him as fish moonbecause just when the tarpon (Prochilodus lineatus) swam upstream to spawn.
More April Astronomical Events: Mercury at Greatest Eastern Elongation
The best time to see Mercury during these astronomical events will be April 29as it will be at its highest point on the horizon just after sunset.
A solar eclipse to end the month
the April 30 A partial solar eclipse will occur. In other words, the Moon will only cover part of the Sun, so it could almost look like a bite of a cookie. It will only be seen in most of the southeastern Pacific Ocean and southern South America. will especially have very good visibility in Argentina, where coverage will reach 53%. At these places you can see it just by looking at the Sun, but always using glasses with an appropriate filter. Normal sunglasses or standard stuff like an x-ray aren’t worth it. It can be very harmful to your eyes, so it’s best not to risk it.
If we don’t have glasses or if we are further north, we will always have the photos. Because we can be sure there will be. And I’m sure they will be wonderful.