¡SkyCaramba! Weekly astronomy blog for the week ending April 4, 2015
April starts with a nearly full moon at apogee. It is totally eclipsed on the 4th. The entire event is visible from most of the Pacific Ocean, the far eastern parts of Asia, and eastern Australia. The next night, the moon is close to Spica. On the 8th, the moon passes Saturn. On the 19th, the day after a new moon, the moon is close to Mercury and Mars. Two nights after that, it occults Aldebaran which Venus is passing near. The occultation is the fourth of 49 in a row and is visible from eastern Russia. The moon passes Regulus on the 28th.
Mercury starts the month as a morning object and then goes through superior conjunction on the 10th. It’s at perihelion on the 19th as it draws near Mars with the moon passing by. It’s actually closest to Mars on the 23rd. Mercury will remain an evening object until almost the end of May, so you should have plenty of opportunities to see it.
Venus shows why it has a reputation for being the evening star by continuing its evening showing. It has been an evening ...