(morning sky) at 18h UT. Mag. +0.1.
(morning sky) at 5h UT.
Aquarid meteor shower peaks.
Active April 19 to May 28. Associated with Comet Halley. Very fast,
bright meteors, up to 30 per hour. Favors skywatchers in the tropics and
southern hemisphere observing after midnight. Bright moonlight will
spoil the view.
Eta Aquarids (Gary Kronk)
Shower Calendar (AMS)
at greatest elongation,
21° east of Sun (evening sky) at 5h UT. Mag. +0.4.
1.7° N of M35 cluster
(43° from Sun, evening sky) at 22h UT. Mags. -4.2 and +5.3.
at 10:36 UT.
(closest to Earth) at 0h UT (366,024 km; angular size 32.6').
(13° from Sun, evening sky) at 3h UT.
(15° from Sun, evening sky) at 8h UT. Mag. +2.5.
(evening sky) at 17h UT. Mag. -4.2.
(opposite the Sun) at 2h UT. The ringed planet is at its brightest (mag.
+0.0) and closest in 8 years (globe diameter 19", rings span
42"). Saturn's rings are spectacular even in a small telescope.
near Beehive cluster
(evening sky) at 13h UT.
(evening sky) at 5h UT. Mag. -2.0.
at 17:19 UT.
(farthest from Earth) at 22h UT (distance 404,244 km; angular size
(evening sky) at 21h UT.
4.0° S of Pollux
(evening sky) at 22h UT. Mags. -4.2 and +1.2.
times Universal Time (UT). USA Central Standard Time = UT-6 hours. (DST = UT-5 hrs,)
is caused by sunlight reflected off meteoric dust in the plane
of the solar system. Choose a clear, moonless night, about 1-2
hours after sunset, and look for a large triangular-shaped glow
extending up from the horizon (along the ecliptic). The best
months to view the Zodiacal Light is when the ecliptic is almost
vertical at the horizon: March and April (evening) and
October-November (morning); times reversed for the southern
Picture of the Day (APOD)
the Zodiacal Light (Weatherscapes)