What’s up in the sky?: Week of 04/05-04/11
(WHSV) - As we head more into spring, let’s take a look at what’s up in the sky this week.
Over the next week, we will gain about 15 minutes of added daylight again. The rate at which we gain daylight will continue to go down. This week it will be 3 minutes from 2 hours and 27 minutes a day to 2 minutes and 24 seconds a day. By April 11th, sunrise will be at 6:44 am and sunset will be at 7:48 pm. We will have 13 hours and 3 minutes of daylight by April 11th with 10 hours and 57 minutes of darkness. September 1st will be the next time we have less than 13 hours of daylight.
ISS Viewing (Most Viewable)
|Date and Time||Time Visible||Maximum Height (Degrees above the horizon)||Direction it Appears||Direction it Disappears|
|Tue April 6, 8:12 pm||7 min||58°||appears above WNW||disappears above SE|
|Mon April 5, 8:59 pm||5 min||32°||appears above WNW||disappears above S|
Starting April 9th, the International Space Station (ISS) will pass by during daylight and not be visible for the foreseeable future.
Moon Phases & Next Full Moon:
|Moon Phase||Date and Time|
|New Moon||April 11th, 10:30 pm|
|First Quarter Moon||April 20th, 2:58 am|
|Full Moon||April 26th, 11:31 pm|
|Third Quarter Moon||May 3rd, 3:50 pm|
The next full moon is called the Pink Moon. The Pink Moon’s name comes from the pink blooms of a wildflower Phlox subulata. This will be the second of four consecutive super moons in 2021.
Zodiacal light will continue after dusk for the next week. After evening twilight, the western sky will have a faint light for about half an hour. It will extend up to where Mars is located. We will have zodiacal light until April 11th when the new moon arrives. This will occur around 8:10 pm or later as we progress through the week.
Tuesday April 6th, in the southeastern sky before dawn look at when the waning crescent moon positioned several finger widths to the lower right of Saturn. After the moon rises at 4:15 am, you will be able to view the moon and Saturn together with binoculars. This will create a good photo opportunity.
Wednesday April 7th, in the southeastern sky before dawn after around 5 am the moon will rise and sit less than a palm’s width below Jupiter. With binoculars, you may be able to see the moon, Jupiter, and Saturn at the same time. This will present another great photo opportunity.
Friday April 9th, the Big Dipper asterism and its home constellation Ursa Major will be very high in the northern sky. Draw a line connecting the dipper stars Phecda to Dubhe and extend it by the amount equal from those to stars and you will see a galaxy named Bode’s Nebula or Messier 81. It will appear rather large and bright. Another galaxy named the Cigar or Messier 82 will be located half a degree to the north. This will allow both galaxies to be visible from a telescope at low magnification.
Saturday April 10th, you can use the bright star in the Big Dipper, Alkaid and a palm to the left will be the Pinwheel galaxy also known as Messier 101. It will form an equilateral triangle with the star Mizar. You can then aim you telescope several finger widths to the upper right to discover the Whirlpool Galaxy, also known as Messier 51.
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