April 1997 StarDial
reaches Perihelion (the point in its
orbit at which it is closest to the Sun.)
Evening viewing of Hale-Bopp will
remain good for at least a couple more
weeks, even though the comet will be
leaving the Sun behind, and beginning its
travels to more distant reaches of the
solar system. The Moon will be
cooperating, by being visible in morning
hours rather than in the evening.
The Moon passes 4 degrees north of
Jupiter at 3 AM, EST.
Your clocks "spring ahead", and
you lose an hour of sleep (most of North
New Moon, at
7:02 AM, EDT.
Moon occults Saturn.
Moon occults Venus.
The Moon passes 4 degrees south of
Mars, 2 AM, EDT.
Peak of the Lyrids
meteor shower. They are seen as if
coming from the constellation Lyra, to
the northeast, especially after midnight.
This is not one of the best meteor
showers, and it has to compete with the
light of the waxing moon.
at 4:33 PM, EDT.