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Current Night Sky: April 2014 What's New

The Sky At A Glance

There is a total lunar eclipse on April 15. The entire total phase will be visible from most of North America and western South America. (See "What's New")

There is an annular solar eclipse on April 29. The annular portion of the eclipse will be visible only from Antarctica; partial phases of the eclipse will be visible in southern Australia.

Phases of the Moon
First Quarter Moon April 7 4:31 am EDT
Full Moon April 15 3:42 am EDT
Last Quarter Moon April 22 3:52 am EDT
New Moon April 29 2:14 am EDT

The Moon & Planets

On April 6, the First Quarter Moon passes about 6° below Jupiter. On the 14th-15th, the nearly Full Moon passes just 3° below Mars. The waning gibbous Moon is 1.2° to the south of Saturn on the 17th. A thin waning crescent is 4° above Venus on the 25th.

Evening Planets (after sunset)

  • Jupiter, W
  • Mars, SE

Visible at Midnight

  • Jupiter, W
  • Mars, S
  • Saturn, SE

Morning Planets (before sunrise)

  • Mars, W
  • Saturn, SW
  • Venus, E
  • Mercury, E (early April)
  • Neptune, E

There are no comets brighter than magnitude 8.0 visible in April.


The Lyrid meteors peak on April 22. Unfortunately, the Last Quarter Moon occurs the same night and its light will swamp all but the brightest meteors.

The April Lunar Eclipse

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