Sun, Moon, and Stars: April 2001

Sun, Moon & Stars
Movement of the heavenly bodies: April 2001


Celestial links
·  Visibility of the Planets
·  Sunrise/Sunset, Moonrise/Moonset
·  Equinoxes and Solstices
·  Eclipses in 2001
·  Astronomical terms
·  Calendar 2001
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April Calendar


Moon PhaseDayPhenomenonHour
5The Moon is at its perigee, or closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit.10005 am
6Mercury is 10 degrees south of Venus.21004 pm
8FULL MOON030010 pm
(April 9)
10Pallas, the second-largest asteroid, appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent direct motion changes to backward, or retrograde, motion.02009 pm
(April 9)
13Mars is 1 degree 3 minutes south of the Moon.02009 pm
(April 12)
15Ceres, the largest asteroid, is 0 degrees 9 minutes south of the Moon. The asteroid is occulted, or hidden from view, by the Moon.040011 pm
(April 14)
15LAST QUARTER160011 am
16Jupiter is 5 degrees north of Aldebaran.14009 am
16Neptune is 3 degrees north of the Moon.160011 am
17The Moon is at its apogee, or farthest point from Earth in its monthly orbit.06001 am
17Venus appears to be motionless in the sky as its apparent backward, or retrograde, motion changes back to direct motion.170012 noon
17Uranus is 3 degrees north of the Moon.23006 pm
20Venus is 10 degrees north of the Moon.20003 pm
23Mercury is in superior conjunction, that is, Mercury and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun.09004 am
23NEW MOON150010 am
25Saturn is 1 degree 4 minutes north of the Moon.160011 am
26Jupiter is 1 degree 8 minutes north of the Moon.13008 am
30The asteroid Juno is in conjunction with the Sun, that is, Juno and Earth are aligned on opposite sides of the Sun.02009 pm
(April 29)
30FIRST QUARTER170012 noon



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