Daylight lengthens to over 13 hours this week up in the sky

Sunrise on April 1st in Staunton
Sunrise on April 1st in Staunton(Tony Alverson)
Published: Apr. 3, 2022 at 9:44 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 3, 2022 at 10:42 PM EDT
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(WHSV) - The days grow longer as we have reached the first full week of April! We continue to gain daylight at a very steady pace.

Gaining Daylight

We will be gaining 17 minutes of daylight over the course of this week. By Monday, April 11th, we’ll have 13 hours and 3 minutes of daylight and 10 hours and 57 minutes of nighttime. Sunrise moves from 6:55 am to 6:45 am while sunset moves from 7:41 pm to 7:48 pm.

ISS Viewing (Most Viewable)

DateVisibleMax HeightAppearsDisappears
Monday, April 4th, 8:29 pm6 min72°above NWabove SE
Wednesday, April 6th, 8:30 pm5 min22°above WNWabove S

Moon Phases & Next Full Moon:

Moon PhaseDate and Time
First Quarter MoonSaturday, April 9th, 2:47 am
Full MoonSaturday, April 16th, 2:55 pm
Third Quarter MoonSaturday, April 23rd, 7:56 am
New MoonSaturday, April 30th, 4:28 pm

Next Full Moon

The next full moon will be on Saturday, April 16th at 2:55 pm. This moon is commonly known as the Full Pink Moon. Northern Native Americans called this the Pink Moon after early blooming wildflowers. This moon has also been known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, Egg Moon, and Fish Moon. Easter Sunday will be the first day after this moon as Easter’s date is determined by the first full moon on or after March 21st.

Other Interesting Events

On Monday, April 4th, Mars and Saturn will be very close to each other as they rise in the east-southeastern sky before dawn. Venus will also not be too far away to the left. Binoculars or a telescope will allow you to see Mars and Saturn in the same eyepiece. Mars will be less than a finger’s width to the right of Saturn on Monday morning and even closer Tuesday morning where Mars will then be viewable just below Saturn.

Saturn and Mars will be very close to each other Monday morning with Venus not too far to the...
Saturn and Mars will be very close to each other Monday morning with Venus not too far to the left(WHSV)

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