Star calendar for April 2016

Star calendar 1–30 April 2016

1 Apr    At dawn, the moon is low in the southeast with Sagittarius to the right. Scorpius is farther to the right with Saturn and Mars above the Scorpion.

5 Apr    Mercury is at perihelion, its closest approach to the sun, 0.3075 astronomical units away.

7 Apr    The moon is at perigee, 56 Earth-radii (357,000 kilometers) away, its second-closest approach for the year. Because perigee occurs only 6 hours after the new moon, expect extreme tides.

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